Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kuwait: Auction of Contemporary Arab, Iranian and International Art

85th self-immolation protest in Tibet - WORLD WAKE UP!

Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ 


BREAKING: Kelsang Kyab set himself on fire today, November 27, 2012 at 7 PM in Kyangtsa township, Amdo Dzoge, Ngaba district.

Four Tibetans self-immolate as protest breaks out at school ...

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8 hours ago – Tuesday 27 November 2012 ... China Congress: teenageTibetan monks self-immolate ... Seven Tibetan self-immolations hit China in a week ...

  1. Four Tibetan students self-immolate in clash with Chinese police

    By Associated Press on November 27, 2012 ... Four more ethnicTibetans have self-immolated to protest Chinese rule and at least 20 were hospitalised after ...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hamad Alsaab’s Solo Exhibition opens Monday, Nov. 26, 6 pm at the Avenues

Set your calenders on the 26th of November 2012 at 6:00 P.M to join Hamad Alsaab’s Solo Exhibition ” Fragments of Memories ” in collaboration with West Elm at the Grand Avenue.
For more info : Hamad@hamadalsaab.com - Facebook (Link)

Some of us did not make it to see another sunrise or sunset...

"Some of us did not make it to see another sunrise or sunset... You survived... Be happy.  Be grateful. Live and let live. COEXIST."

text and collage by Layza Quintz

Palestinian Cultural Exhibition November 26-29 at Bayt Lothan

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Bayt Lothan
Arts & Crafts Centre
P.O.Box 386 Salmiya
22004 Kuwait
Tel: (+965) 25755877/66
Fax: (+965) 25727388

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'm on the side of peace.

One of my friends, a really good person, posted the following comment on facebook this morning, "Feeling bad for Gaza and friends in Tel Aviv & Jerusalem. I know you're supposed to pick sides, and I know the underdog is XX, but it's equally hard when you have friends living in both places." Of course there were a number of replied against his remark, but another of my friends, also a really good person, replied, "I am on the side of peace."

I have been struggling with what, if anything, to post about Gaza the last few days knowing that whatever I post friends on either side are going to be upset, but these two good natured friends encapsulate exactly my feelings. 

This is not a football game where you should be cheering for one side or the other. As Harry Patch, the last surviving soldier known to have fought in the trenches of the First World War, said, "War is organized murder, and nothing else."

Thanks Charlez and Jeanine!

Monday, November 19, 2012

AUK cuts energy costs by 87%

American University of Kuwait 'AUK' cuts energy costs by 87% with latest Lenovo ThinkCentre all-in-one workstations

In line with its commitment to providing students with state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, the American University of Kuwait, in partnership with Lenovo, has renovated and upgraded four computer labs with the latest Lenovo ThinkCentre M71z all-in-one desktops.

Designed to increase productivity and significantly reduce operational costs, the new machines have enabled the University to enhance student output whilst cutting energy costs by a staggering 87%.

Optimizing the same space, AUK increased computer count from 108 machines to 156 by using the smaller footprint of the ThinkCentre all-in-one workstations.

click here for more of the story...

Kuwait detains Twitter users for insulting emir

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah
Kuwait's public prosecution on Sunday ordered the detention of four Twitter users for 10 days for allegedly insulting the ruler of the oil-rich Gulf state, a rights group said.
The four were arrested on Wednesday and remanded in police custody pending further investigation before the prosecution issued its detention order, Kuwait Human Rights News Centre said on its Twitter account.
Three other Twitter users, including a woman, who were arrested with them were each freed on bail of $3,550.
The seven, described as opposition sympathisers, were interrogated on allegations of tweets deemed offensive and critical of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

Uncovering the hidden bodies of Saudi art

A major exhibition of ancient objects recently excavated in Saudi Arabia opened November 17, 2012 at the Smithsonian's Arthur M Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC

Long censored figurative artwork from Saudi Arabia is now on view for the first time in an exhibition in the USA.  Pre-Islamic figurative artwork from Saudi Arabia has been ignored or censored but is now getting new attention and the research is supported by the Saudi royal family.  I've heard similar stories about pre-Islamic artwork in Kuwait and there are rumors of the remains of an ancient temple to Shiva!

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    $7.6 million in salary increases for Hostess executives while filing for bankruptcy?

    It wasn't the unions. THE EXECUTIVES TOOK EVERYTHING!

    "I am a Hostess employee. Hostess stopped our pension contributions a yr & a half ago. Then they gave the top execs pay raises of 30-80%. They offered new contracts: no pension payments (no retirement plan at all for union employees, but company management still gets contributions to their retirement plans) for another 2 & 1/2 yrs, and then a 75% reduction in pension when they do start paying into it again; we have to pay an ADDITIONAL $200/ mo for health insurance; They took away our last cost of living raise; they gave us an 8% wage cut on top of that; they are outsourcing all of the office work to Manilla."

    Kuwaitis pay $1240 to have dinner with Kim Kardashian?

    Meanwhile in Kuwait: who has the money to pay $1240 USD for dinner with Kim Kardashian? and why is she important? 

    Hostess triples CEO's pay then blames Unions for bankruptcy?

    Kuwait breaks another world record (this time for traffic deaths)!

    Last week Kuwait broke the world record for fireworks, this week Kuwait breaks the world record for traffic deaths:

    Kuwait broken world record in number of traffic deaths
    Posted on 11/18/2012

    Kuwait has broken world record in number of traffic deaths, with 17 deaths recorded in every 100000 cases on the average, local daily reported quoting Chairperson of Traffic safety society Bader Al Matar. He added that Kuwait roads have the capacity to accommodate 700000 vehicles and almost 1.6 million vehicles ply on the road. He also said the current traffic lights are failed and government must implement online system to manage traffic.

    Read more at http://www.indiansinkuwait.com/ShowArticle.aspx?ID=20780&SECTION=0#ixzz2Caj4vlMX

    DRESS CODE PROJECT opens Nov. 21, 7-9pm


    Group exhibition, curated by Amel Makkawi and Martina Corgnati. 

    Exhibition Dates: November 21st - December 21st

    Opening reception: 7:00 - 9:30 pm

    Artists: Ahmed Al Bahrani, Fadi Yazigi, Fatma Bucak, Ghassan Ghaib, Mahmoud Al Obaidi, Marya Kazoun, Nayza H. Khan, Nermine Hammam, Rachida Azadaou, Samta Benyahia, Sumayyah Al Suwaidi, Zena Assi and Issam Barhouch.

    About the exhibition:

    "...We must not imagine that “art work in form of dress” has resulted in the production of wearable objects that reflect the pattern of “Dress Code”. This pattern, for the participants, was simply a memory, an empty container, an elastic theme. Their works, indeed, cover all the techniques and forms of expression: from collage to multimedia, from video to photography to installation ... to “dresses”, but not conceived to be wearable. The protagonist of “Dress Code” are twelve: all together they cover a vast area of cultures and countries, extended from Algeria to Pakistan and from Turkey to Egypt to the Emirates, via Syria, Lebanon and Iraq."

    For more information visit our website 

    Today! FA Gallery opening at 7:00pm

    Today! November 18 at 7:00pm until December 2 at 10:00pm

    A Private Collection of Fine Artworks for a SELECTION of Famous Artists from Europe and the Middle East.

    Click here for more info

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

    Greek contemporary art exhibition opens November 12th, 7-9pm

    On November 12th, Dar Al-Funoon will be presenting a contemporary Greek group exhibition, bringing together three artists working in a range of mediums, from photography, painting, and furniture design. Their works make a bold statement for new directions in Greek contemporary art today.

    The show will feature unique & sophisticated armchairs from Natassa Georgopoulou’s Chair Affairs collection. Each armchair is transformed in a field of setting trends in design and fashion, creating fascinating and intriguing human characters. Her work has been published in Vogue magazine, design magazines and newspapers.

    Also included is photographic series by Christos Katsios entitled Liquid Mirror. His unique style and professionalism has brought him up in the top positions of global photographers and undisputed lead photographer in Mykonos Island.

    In addition, Buenos Aires born Greek artist Dionysios Proios Rallatos will showcase his painting series entitled By Heart. Rallatos began painting from a very early age, and participated in shows in Argentina, Brazil, and Greece.

    Opening on November 12th 2012, from 7-9pm. See attachment for details.

    Kuwait's $15 million dollar fireworks display earns a new Guinness world record!

    Last night Kuwait marked the golden jubilee of its constitution with a spectacular $15 million dollar fireworks display which earned the wealthy Gulf state a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. “I am happy to verify that with 77,282 fireworks, a new Guinness world record has been set tonight” in Kuwait City, a representative of Guinness World Records announced on Kuwait television at the end of the display.

    It was spectacular, of course, the best fireworks display that I have ever seen! And I feel very grateful that I had a wonderful view from the balcony of my own apartment in Kuwait! Happy 50th Constitution Day and congrats to Kuwait for breaking the record!

    See more spectacular photos, videos, and more of the story by clicking herehere, and here.

    However I don't understand this spending of $15 million dollars on celebrations when Kuwait does not even have usable sidewalks (that people can actually walk on or ride their bike - usually they turn into sand or a pile of bricks halfway down the block) and I would love to have a pedestrian bridge going over the Gulf Road somewhere near AUK or the Science Center so people would not have to drive a car to then go and take a nice walk or ride their bike along Kuwait's wonderful corniche. It is very frustrating trying to cross the Gulf Road or one of the roundabouts on foot since cars seem to speed up when they see someone walking!

    This Veterans Day remember...

    "This Veterans Day remember - the best way to honor vets is to stop making so many new ones."

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Boushahri Art Gallery Exhibit Opening Nov. 12

    Boushahri Art Gallery:

    Kuwait City,Salmiya
    Baghdad St. , Building 36 ,
    Working hours : ( 10 am - 1 pm)
                            (4.30 pm - 9 pm )
    (Closed on Thursday evenings & Fridays)T : (+965) 25621119

    Mitt Romney Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

    Watch Video: Mitt Romney Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

    Mitt Romney 'Gangnam Style' parody has become an viral sensation.

    Produced by comedy website CollegeHumor, the video sees the presidential candidate belt out 'Mitt Romney Style'. The song pokes fun at his controversial '47%' comment as well as his supposed love of money and wealth.

    On YouTube, it has drawn a total of more than 12 million views.

    Monday, November 5, 2012

    Sultan Gallery Opening & Talk: 6 & 7 November

    Invitation : The Founding Years (1969 -1973) : A Selection of Works from the Sultan Gallery Archives; 6th - 29th November, 2012

    Opening Night: 6th November, 2012; 7 - 9 pm

    Talk: 7th November; 7.30 - 8.30 pm
     "From Archives to Collectors : Some Stories from the Sultan    Gallery", a talk by Kristine Khouri & moderated by Barrak Alzaid (Presented by ArteEast Sultan Gallery Residency) 

    Please RSVP via email for the talk as seats are limited.

    Harry Reid Was Right: Mitt Romney Paid No Taxes for 15 Years

    This just about makes me sick and any working class individual that now knows this information and still votes for Romney I have no respect for... he is voting against his own best interests and the best interests of the USA.

    Harry Reid Was Right: Mitt Romney Paid No Taxes for 15 Years

    Who is really the "entitlement" society?

    When wealthy, tax dodging elites call Social Security and Medicare "entitlements," it's a slap in the face to every hard working, tax paying American.

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

    Tanks around Gulf Road - Kuwait demonstration 04.11.2012

    According to Kuwait UPTO DATE:  Tanks around Gulf Road - Kuwait demonstration 04.11.2012
    Tanks around Gulf Road - Kuwait demonstration 04.11.2012

As per our subcribers Nabeel Abdullah and Ahmed Sulieman tanks are moving to gulf road and taking position to control the protest. Thanks Nabeel Abdullah & Ahmed Sulieman.
Note : if you have anymore info about it, must share with us, Thanks.

For video click on below link

    The 3rd Exhibit of PrettyGreenBullet opens tomorrow...

    This should be a good show! Here is what the artist says about her new exhibit, "I started PrettyGreenBullet.com four years ago thinking it was merely going to be a blog for posting my works. I'm happy to say that it's become something more consuming than that. It has wrapped itself around my life and been a great help in allowing me to express myself through more ways than simply drawing on paper or painting on canvas. And it has given natural birth to my PGB exhibitions. I invite you to take a bite of my PGB apple by joining me this November. Bon appetit!"


    Dear foreign residents, only citizens are allowed...

    As per sms from Ministry of Information, Kuwait.

    Dear foreign residents, only citizens are allowed to take part in protests, processions and march demonstrations.
    (Gathering law 12)
    (Ministry of Information)
    Kuwaiti opposition supporters run for cover as riot police fire tear gas during a protest in Kuwait City, on October 21, 2012, against the decision by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah to amend the electoral law despite it having been confirmed by a court last month. Kuwaiti riot police beat opposition protesters who were gathering for a massive demonstration against a decision to change the electoral law, organisers and witnesses said. (Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)



    This season, Future Shorts Festival will travel to over 172 countries and 547 cities with more than 75,000 people experiencing a showcase of the best short films from around the world. 

    The Autumn Season will run from 1st of October to 31st of December 2012. The programme highlights include "A Brief History of John Baldessari" from the directors of CATFISH and narrated by Tom Waits, alongside "Rite" nominated for Best Short Film at BAFTA Scotland, Winner of Sundance's Short Filmmaking Award, "The Black Balloon", Winner of Special Jury Mention at Tribeca Film Festival "Cafe Regular", and winner of over 50 International awards "Auf Der Strecke" (On the Line).

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    Possible Demonstrations in Kuwait – November 4, 2012

    Please circulate the following message without additions or omissions immediately to all U.S.  Citizens within your area of responsibility.
    Kuwait City, Kuwait

    November 4, 2012

    Subject:           Security Notice for U.S. Citizens 14-2012
    Possible Demonstrations in Kuwait – November 4, 2012

    According to press reports, there will be demonstrations in multiple locations and a march towards the Kuwait Towers this evening, Sunday, November 4, 2012, starting at approximately 1930 hours.  Organizers of the event indicate that participants will gather at two locations - in front of Ahmad Tower (near Souq Sharq) and in front of the Safir International Hotel - and then march along Gulf Road until they converge at the Kuwait Towers.  An increased police and security presence is expected in and around the capital.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid the area.

    The below Arabic language map, obtained from the internet, purports to indicate where the organizers intend to demonstrate and march.

    Safir International Hotel
    Kuwait Towers
     Ahmad Tower

    Spontaneous and/or planned demonstrations take place in Kuwait from time to time in response to world events or local developments.  At times, even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence.  Avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any demonstrations.  Please stay current with media coverage of local and regional events. U.S. Mission personnel have been advised to continue to practice personal security awareness and we advise the U.S. citizen community to do the same.
    U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: https://step.state.gov. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
    Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).   For further information, please consult the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution and Country Specific Information can be found.  In addition, the Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to review "A Safe Trip Abroad," which includes valuable security information for those traveling or living in foreign countries.  You can also follow the Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and on Facebook

    The U.S. Embassy is located at Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Street, Block 6, Plot 14, Bayan, Kuwait.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of emergency assistance in Kuwait, you may reach the U.S. Embassy by calling +965-2259-1001 and requesting the duty officer. 

    This message may be accessed on the Embassy website, http://kuwait.usembassy.gov.
    Please note that the Consular Section is closed for U.S. and most local holidays.  The current holiday schedule for 2012 is posted on http://kuwait.usembassy.gov/holidays.html

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