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Our efforts cannot bring back the 20 innocent children murdered in Newtown, CT — or the 34 people murdered with guns every day in America. But we can prevent future tragedies by passing common sense legislation that will:
Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America
Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
Make gun trafficking a federal crime, including real penalties for “straw purchasers
We’ve heard a rave of news about the Nuqat Kuwait Conference that took place in October 2012. Nuqat is a concept to build creative change in the region. Past, present, and future are arbitrary time periods. Under the theme of ‘The Lost City of Arabesque’, Nuqat design conference 2012 attempted to tackle the schism between heritage and crafts and the contemporary creative industries. The border between those realms is less clear and one is effectively derived from the other. Hence, designers and participants will further explore this notion in addition to the relation and impact their work has on defining contemporary arab identity. Speakers, design, workshops, and a crowd of inspiring individuals! What’s not to love?
If you attended and loved it, great! If you missed out, here is a trailer composed by Nuqat:
Playtime is a short film about Matthew, a 10 year old expatriate who’s just moved to Kuwait with his single mother, whose just been hired for a post at an American Army Base. One night, after his mother leaves him alone for the first time, he escapes to track her down. Instead, he quickly crosses paths with Dalal, a teenage Kuwaiti girl who lives next door. Fearing a second abandonment, Matthew convinces her to help him find his mother.
What Matthew doesn’t know is that Dalal needs more help than he and that the only way to combat his own feelings of alienation is to stop depending on the care of others. Having descended far into the depths of the Kuwaiti desert, Matthew must fend off some threatening characters and return the two of them safely home.
A Note From The Filmmaker
For those of you who do not know me, I am Hamad Al-Tourah, an Arab-American filmmaker based in Kuwait. When I sat down to write a script set in Kuwait, I couldn’t help but write one that depicted not only Arabs, but also centered around expat communities in the country.
I have never seen anything like this before. Ants ? WOW – thats beautiful !
“It’s a scene straight out of a sci-fi movie: a lair of ants with huge, swollen abdomen used as livingfood storage. But that, Neatoramanauts, is not science fiction. It’s science fact!
Meet the honeypot ant, which belly can expand to the size of grapes as worker ants keep on feeding it “honey” (such as sugary extracts from oak galls, nectaror even liquids from the body of preys). During tough times, the honeypot ant will regurgitate honey to feed its colony.
These honeypot ants are so valuable that rival ant colonies often try to kidnap them, and they’re so tasty that Australian Aboriginal people like to eat them like candies! Yum!”
Don’t miss this promo of al manakh documentary. Hope you like it.
يعتبر هذا الفيلم الوثائقي أول إنتاج تلفزيوني كويتي يوثق هذه الأزمة المالية وهذه الحقبة التاريخية، ليس فقط من تاريخنا الاقتصادي والوطني فحسب، وإنما أيضا من التاريخ الإقتصادي العالمي نظرا إلى أن أزمة سوق المناخ تعتبر ثالث الأزمات الاقتصادية المالية العالمية بعد أزمة الزهور في هولندا في القرن السابع عشر وأزمة الأسواق العالمية عام 1929م في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية.
لقد إستغرق هذا العمل ثلاثة سنوات بدءاً من الدراسة والبحث وتجميع كم هائل من المواد الأرشيفية و إجراء أكثر من 35 مقابلة حصرية مع أهم الشخصيات ذات الصلة بهذه الأزمة.
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