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We Kuwaitis usually pride ourselves that regardless of what, we still have the freedom to express our thoughts. Well; surprise guys, this is not true anymore. Internet providers like Fastelco, Quality Net and KEMS, are blocking sites, forums, as well as blogs, as an on-going process. And it would not surprise me a bit to wake up one day and find out that my blog is gone.

This morning I tried to get in these secular sites:

nawafco.blogspot.com
arabsinspace.blogspot.com

But unfortunately I was denied access by Fastelco. I called the company and as usual they gave me an e-mail to complain. I asked them who decides what sites should be banned, they said the ministry of communication, although I’m sure that the ministry is the last to know. For how do you explain that some companies are blocking these sites and some aren’t, if it was a written instruction from the ministry to all companies?
What is surprising as well; is that a site, which provides an online library, was also blocked (maktabacom.blogspot.com)!!!!

It’s been years since we were disappointed with lies in the media. And our only refuge was through the Net. And now the Taliban government is covering all sources of information except what suits them and their allies. And soon we will see no sites but Islamic ones like Islam on-line and akhawatiha that deal with magic, Jin and horoscopes. Exactly like the types of books we find in the very few bookshops that still operate in the country.
In other words; they covered our Space with a veil (7ijab) as per elthawabi6 Alislamiyah. When I see this word I think of chains and whips.

whip.gif Mabrook ya Kuwait

A note to Fastelco since I’m one of their customers:
You know well that no matter what you do to block sites there’s always proxies. No thanks to our corrupt government. So beat it
As for me; I will stop my subscription with you and I hope others will follow; it’s your loss.

Free Thoughts

Once a fish tried to extend its whole body beyond sea level
Its gills couldn’t take the air and so it stood Clueless in
The middle, if it stayed longer out, it’d sure be
Vanished in a ripple, and if it dived it’s
To be saved but to norms it has to
Settle. Thoughts in my country
Are like that fresh air that the
Fish tried to wobble

Repeat: Succumb, Submit
And Stay under
Sea level:
Safe

An Update:
Here is a proxy link, just copy-paste the URL’s above in the window provided in the link, and it takes you there:
http://www.hidemyass.com

A Second Update:
Here is more proxy addresses you can use, click here (Or just go to http://www.proxy.org) and choose from the right window.

nawafco.png

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Howahkan
    Mar 20, 2007 @ 14:30:50

    I posted on my blog today about Q8 weather being blocked!! Whats up with that :/

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  2. soud13
    Mar 20, 2007 @ 14:43:21

    قضيه إغلاق المواقع في الانترنت مرتبطة بضيق النفس الحكومي من الحرية , ومحاوله إلغاء هذه الحرية عن طريق إلغاء هذه المواقع أو حجبها كما حصل في الشبكة الليبرالية وبعض المواقع الأخرى

    الحكومة وحتى وقت قريب كانت مرتبطة بزواج رسمي من الحركات الإسلامية وكانوا متحالفين ضد ما هو غير أسلامي هذا التحالف أدى إلى وضع المناصب القيادية في أيدي عناصر هذه الحركات الإسلامية مما أدى تضيق نسبه الحرية في المجتمع

    أضيفي لذلك وصول نسبه كبيرة من أعضاء هذه الحركات الإسلامية إلى كراسي مجلس الأمة وذلك عن طريق انتخابهم من قبل الشعب عن طريق 25 دائرة

    بصراحة استجواب وزير الصحة وطرح الثقة فيه أدى إلى طلاق وانفصال حاله التحالف والانسجام بين الحكومة والتيارات الإسلامية مما سيؤدى إلى استبعادهم من المناصب الوزارية ومن ثم المناصب القيادية في المجتمع وذلك بعد فترة

    أما نواب الأمة فقد ارتفعت نبرة التشاؤم والتذمر من النواب الإسلاميين وذلك من قبل الشعب , فالمواطن يريد أن يعيش حياة كريمه في مجتمع أسلامي, تمتع بقدر من الضوابط ولكن ليست كضوابط المجتمع الطالبانى , هذا من جهة, أما من جهة أخرى فالتغير قادم للأحسن وذلك بسبب تقليص الدوائر مما سيؤدى إلى تحسين نوعيه النواب في مجلس الأمة

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  3. shopa
    Mar 20, 2007 @ 15:07:34

    Ruby, watch out, don’t upset them or yours will blocked AGAIN!

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  4. NewMe
    Mar 20, 2007 @ 16:14:06

    loved the music and updated my own 🙂
    great idea 🙂 thanx ayya
    As for your topic,,,
    hummm what to say…
    On their parts our beloved potato heads are investigating our “Spring of Culture”…
    and more is yet to come
    we have to wait and see 😦
    wishing you love
    cheers

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  5. intlxpatr
    Mar 20, 2007 @ 17:32:21

    That music is incredible.

    And blocking the internet service phones is also asanine and unenforceable. Aaarrgh!

    Reply

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  7. bo9ali7
    Mar 20, 2007 @ 22:03:26

    no surprises
    this is expected in this country

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  8. bunaz
    Mar 21, 2007 @ 11:59:10

    so, what’re we gonna do about it?

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  9. AyyA
    Mar 21, 2007 @ 15:07:37

    Howahkan
    It seems to me that banning sites is done haphazardly, or by trial and error. Several times this happened to me with different sites and I sent e-mails, and the banning stopped. (Check this).

    And at other times its done according to an informer (check this) and see for yourself how Fastelco blocked all blogspot sites because of one informer whom they did not even check the validity of his information.

    Soud
    I hope I could be as optimistic as you dear. But Moslem brothers have deep national and international roots, as well as public support; the horse that they made their bet on. The public that it created through years of directed education with the blessings and the support of successive governments. Don’t underestimate that bro, they will survive, that’s if they didn’t get to be more powerful and in control.

    Shopa
    Would you believe me if I tell you that the worst thing that could happen to me is to see my blog banned (especially now, after the makeover..LOL), and moreover; I have a future vision of it being banned. I’m just sitting and waiting to see who is next, and it might very well be me, or you check this. And until this happens, I will not stop demanding all my rights, 3ala elaqal astigil hal fursa while I’m still on LOL.
    But thanks for your concern sweetie :*

    NM
    I knew you would like the music I swear :*

    Intlxpatr
    Is it really unenforceable? I think I have to research on that!

    GVO
    This issue needs as much publicity as it could get, and it is in desperate need for collective thinking. Thanks for your help; I really appreciate that.

    Bosal7
    If one compromises with one of his rights, then eventually one would compromise all his rights. So, expected or not, we have to do something about it before we get used to it, like we got used to many things in the country that we did not approve.

    Bunaz
    Any ideas? I’m like you dude, I have no clue, but I’m willing to research it. And that’s why I posted about it here to see what others can offer to help understand the legal mechanism either local or international that governs the Net. What are Net user’s rights and what laws can protect it? Any suggestion is more than welcome, after all; this matter concerns us all.

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  10. The Expert
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 02:57:23

    Welcome to Taleban World………
    But, we will not surrender …. this is our life .. our world….

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  11. mosan
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 12:28:59

    when will you learn that idiots run everything in this country .. thats why we are backward .. while other countries are florishing … RIP

    love the music

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  12. mosan
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 12:31:12

    anyway what do those blogs talk abt ?

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  13. mosan
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 12:33:45

    chini qa3ed fi spa

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  14. AyyA
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 13:53:29

    Glad you liked the music Mosano babe
    And no matter what those blogs say; it reflects their own thoughts, and they have complete freedom to state what they want. Others who do not agree with them can have their own space and can state their thoughts to refute the other, and so on. Now the Net user has the complete freedom to take what suits his ideology and discard what doesn’t. And mind you; most of the things said on Kuwaiti blogs are no different from what goes on in diwaniyas and Kuwaiti family gatherings. Now the smart leader would use this to better understand the mentalities of the citizens and use it to the country’s benefit. Criticism is a very powerful tool if it’s wisely used; either by the critic or by the receiver. Banning on the other hand, or enforcing power is the strategy of the weak. it reflect an image of a country that can never raise to its citizens expectations. And it is very dangerous in the long run.
    And BTW I added a proxy link to the post in case you are interested to check those links I added above.

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  15. AyyA
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 14:02:45

    The Expert
    Welcome to my world 😀

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  16. bunaz
    Mar 22, 2007 @ 16:23:13

    ayya,
    pls. drop by for some fresh news.

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  17. AyyA
    Mar 23, 2007 @ 15:06:50

    This is great news Bunaz, a fresh air in this suffocating atmosphere.

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  18. white wings
    Mar 24, 2007 @ 00:09:31

    Dearest
    i am proposing a petition concerned with the same issue pf your post, almost, will you visit and give me your opinion?
    much love

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  19. MHJ
    Mar 29, 2007 @ 13:27:03

    Dear Ayya,

    Thanks Ayya, I liked the title of the article. And I do hope that things are stop at this level, otherwise we are really heading backward to the dark ages (deeper than we are now) because the issue is much more bigger than blocking 2 secular blogs.

    Take care my good friend,

    MHJ

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  20. AyyA
    Mar 30, 2007 @ 11:02:49

    MHJ
    Bats only fly at the pitch of the dark. They need this darkness to compensate for their shortcomings. Their efforts will not stop at one or two blogs and forum, they will continue blocking sites, and they will continue imprisoning others, as they did with Egypt’s Kareem Amer. And don’t be surprised if they also resolved to torture; dictatorship has many faces. Yet; Internet is not an easy rival. Their efforts will all be in vain since they are fighting a phantom. And free thinkers are like wild plants that can’t be controlled; if they plucked one plant, hundreds will grow in its place. They should learn that from history.
    Keep on doing the great job you are doing my friend, and enlighten the ignorant, they are in desperate need for some fresh air after centuries of the dark age. I’m proud of you.

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  22. Kareem
    Feb 03, 2009 @ 09:21:18

    I’ve been keeping up with your blog for a bit. I have a presentation at school about censorship in Kuwait. Perhaps I can ask you a few questions, if you have time! Thanks!

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  23. AyyA
    Feb 07, 2009 @ 03:27:11

    Kareem
    Sure dear, I would be happy to answer your questions as best as I can. You can post them here or e-mail at theultimate.rubies@gmail.com

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