‘Literary Massacre in Kuwait’: The State of Book Banning


This month, there has been a fresh push from Kuwaiti citizens who are fed up with official censorship, both outside the Ministry of Information and online, with Kuwaitis posting photos of the banned books in their personal libraries at . Kuwaiti MA student Abrar Alshammari has been researching about censorship in Kuwait:

By Abrar Alshammari

Kuwait is currently experiencing a serious crisis of censorship. To the sorrow of many, it depicts almost literally the nightmare that Ray Bradbury portrayed in Fahrenheit 451.

In 2016, at the annual cultural conference of Nuqat in Kuwait City, award-winning Kuwaiti novelist Saud Al-Sanousi announced the horrific discovery that the Ministry of Information was burning banned books en masse, thousands of copies of his own novel Mama Hessa’s Mice included. The audience gasped in horror at the unimaginable atrocity of the state-sanctioned burning of literature, a blatant disrespect to books and their value…

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The courage to change

To bring about change in a society that is stifled into conformity, muted to silence, frozen in status quo, governed by old absolutes, someone has to start asking Why? It takes courage.

I woke up only to find the rest of the world asleep.
— Leonardo da Vinci

WordPress Daily Prompt: Courage

For the sake of humanity, grow up

Call me treasonous, quote all the scriptures you like. I reserve the right not to applaud you and not to abide by your ordained dress codes or praying positions. I reserve the right not to keep my mouth shut or my pen silent. I’m a big girl now.

History is full of Yes, My Lords and Ja, Mein Führers and Certainly, Your Eminences and Holinesses. We should have learned the lesson by now.

“But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”
— From “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen

WordPress Daily Prompt: Insist