Other than Lebanon, the most entertaining press in the region has to be Kuwait:

[Kuwaiti journalist, Fuad Al Hashem, made a promise] in May 2008 when he stated in his Al Watan column that he would shave off half his moustache if Qatar succeeded in narrowing the differences between the Lebanese factions and found a solution for the Lebanese crisis. Despite the agreement, Al Hashem has yet to follow through by shaving his moustache however.

So why has this come up again? Well apparently, Kuwait MP Waleed Al Tabtabai has decided to see Al Hashem’s moustache shave:

A Kuwaiti politician says he will shave off half of his moustache, if claims made by [Fuad Al Hashem]against him proved to be true.

In his column ‘Exclamation Mark’ in Al Watan daily, Fuad Al Hashem wrote that the Islamic MP Waleed Al Tabtabai, one of a number of journalists aboard the Turkish flotilla taking aid to Gaza, was so scared when the Israelis raided the ship, that he hid in the cleaners’ bathroom. The 58-year-old columnist claims he heard a recording of Al Tabtabai eagerly pleading with an Israeli soldier who insulted him.

He also wrote that the Kuwaiti MP, later arrested by the Israeli authorities alongside the other activists, signed an Israeli document pledging not to get close to Gaza again. A copy of which was supposedly given to the Kuwaiti government through an intermediary, the columnist wrote. He said the video recording and the signed pledge would soon be displayed on You Tube and the internet.

Ah, the old moustache-for-a-moustache. Quite entertaining!

Fuad Al Hashem has yet to slash his stache over his poor predictions of the 2008 Doha Talks.

Fuad Al Hashem has yet to slash his stache over his poor predictions of the 2008 Doha Talks.