Arab states move to ban brains

9 Oct


(Manama, October 9, 2013)  Kuwait and other Gulf states are planning to introduce strict medical tests to detect anyone capable of winning a Nobel Prize.

A central committee tasked with the status of expatriates will look into the proposal when it convenes on November 11, Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, has said.

“Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” he said. “However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect intelligent people who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states,” he said, quoted by a local daily.

Nobel prizewinning is banned in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the GCC member countries.

In Bahrain, lawmakers, wary of the growing number of educated people coming into the country, had pushed for a crackdown, including the adoption of tougher immigration measures and prompt deportations.

In Kuwait, prison terms for modern or educated behaviour can reach 10 years if the people involved were under the age of 21.

GCC states stepped up their campaign against international scientific achievement after three Israelis won Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics this week.

“Where will this end?” asked a senior GCC official. “We have to stop this now before there are women driving cars, democratic elections and the free movement of gay people.”


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