Normalisation and Holes in the Wall

Recently, a match was held between Kuwait Sporting Club and Gulf Football Club which had Palestinian players in its team. These players hold nationality of the Zionist entity. It sparked an extensive discussion among Kuwaitis who are against normalisation. It again highlighted the vexed issue: how to deal with the direct normalisation and those who became victims of it as individuals and groups and did not believe in it – neither wanted it, nor opted for it directly or indirectly. It is also an issue how to deal with Palestinians who hold the identity of the Zionist entity, willingly or unwillingly. This is a totally different issue.

Normalisation with the Zionists is a crime. Rather, it is a major crime, which cannot be forgiven or justified as an individual, a group or a state and in any form and platform politically, culturally, socially, economically and in sports. But because the statement of the director of the Kuwaiti Club, in which he denied the knowledge of the Kuwaiti Club about the presence of two players with Israeli identity in the opposite team.

The issue seems to be complicated and problematic. It is a real problem. We must deal with it to raise awareness about the dangers of normalisation.

Accordingly, we must always stress the importance of opposing everything related to normalisation and remain vigilant against such attempts to open intentional or unintended loopholes in the solid Kuwaiti wall.

(by Saadiah Mufarreh in Al Araby Al Jadeed)

Well Done, Iraq!

The outcome of the elections held last week, 5th since the liberation in 2003, revealed that despite the victories and setbacks caused by historical and cultural obstacles, the process of transition to democracy is still on its way.

These elections also reaffirmed the precious consensus that had been reached among Iraqis from across the political spectrum on the idea that winning and assuming power is legitimate only through the free expression of individuals through elections.

Moreover, due to a system of proportional representation, no sect, party, or group can any longer win a monopoly control of power. In a country which has suffered for decades from a brutal single-party system, election today is the healing touch of unity in diversity.

This is the first election of its kind held in 83 districts, instead of 18 major districts. The new rule allowed voters to choose on the basis of their opinion of individual candidates, rather than lists provided by party coalitions. The use of biometric cards also helped ensure the process against organised fraud.

The fact that many candidates, some 3,500 were in the fray for 329 seats, underlined the continuing appeal of the democratic process to a growing segment of politically active Iraqis.

At the first glance, it is clear that a new generation of Iraqi politicians is taking shape. The findings also indicate a faster exclusion of the former exiles and dual nationals who until recently dominated the political scene in Baghdad.

(by Amir Tahiri in Asharq Al Awsat)

Compiled and Translated by Faizul Haque

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