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Nov 21, 2012

FEATURE: Pampered but restless, many young Kuwaitis want more

KUWAIT (Reuters) – They enjoy scholarships, secure jobs and generous salaries at a time when so many young people around the world have dim prospects and are underemployed. So why are thousands of young Kuwaitis so dissatisfied?

The answer, for Abdullah Ashkanani, who like more than half of Kuwaitis is under 25, is about fairness and the freedom to speak out.

Nov 21, 2012

Pampered but restless, many young Kuwaitis want more

KUWAIT (Reuters) – They enjoy scholarships, secure jobs and generous salaries at a time when so many young people around the world have dim prospects and are underemployed. So why are thousands of young Kuwaitis so dissatisfied?

The answer, for Abdullah Ashkanani, who like more than half of Kuwaitis is under 25, is about fairness and the freedom to speak out.

Nov 21, 2012

Kuwait’s Boubyan Bank sees Islamic banking boom

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Islamic banking is growing at more than double the pace of conventional banking in Kuwait and strong demand is expected throughout the Arab region, the chairman of Boubyan Bank (BOUK.KW: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday.

Credit volumes at Islamic banks in Kuwait reached 11.1 billion Kuwaiti dinars ($39.3 billion) in the first nine months of 2012, up 13.2 percent on last year, Boubyan Chairman and Managing Director Adel Abdul Wahab al-Majed told the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit.

Nov 14, 2012

Rich but backward: politics, oil poison Kuwait economy

KUWAIT, Nov 14 (Reuters) – To gauge the impact of Kuwait’s
political deadlock on its economy, access the Internet with a
fixed-line broadband connection. The line is slow, very slow -
half the speed of a connection in other wealthy Gulf Arab
states, according to a senior telecommunications executive.

The Ministry of Communications owns and operates the
country’s fixed-line infrastructure, with the four major
Internet service providers paying the government to use it.

Nov 14, 2012

Kuwait voting row mushrooms into broader debate over power

KUWAIT (Reuters) – What started as a dispute over voting rules in Kuwait has mushroomed into a debate about the balance of power between the emir and parliament, with implications for other Gulf dynasties facing reform pressure since the Arab Spring.

Thousands of Kuwaitis have regularly taken to the streets since late October to protest at Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah’s decision to amend the electoral law before a parliamentary election on December 1.

Nov 11, 2012

Thousands of Kuwaitis protest against voting changes

KUWAIT, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis
packed into a square opposite parliament on Sunday in a peaceful
opposition-led rally against new voting rules.

Recent demonstrations against the electoral changes, ordered
by Kuwait’s ruler last month ahead of a poll on Dec. 1, have led
to clashes between protesters and police as marches spread out
of the areas usually designated for rallies.

Nov 11, 2012

Thousands of Kuwaitis protest voting rules ahead of December 1 poll

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis packed into a square opposite parliament on Sunday in a peaceful opposition-led rally against new voting rules ahead of elections on December 1.

Recent demonstrations against the electoral changes, ordered by Kuwait’s ruler last month, have led to clashes between protesters and police as marches spread out of the areas usually designated for rallies.

Nov 11, 2012

Thousands of Kuwaitis protest voting rules ahead of Dec.1 poll

KUWAIT, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Kuwaitis
packed into a square opposite parliament on Sunday in a peaceful
opposition-led rally against new voting rules ahead of elections
on Dec. 1.

Recent demonstrations against the electoral changes, ordered
by Kuwait’s ruler last month, have led to clashes between
protesters and police as marches spread out of the areas usually
designated for rallies.

Nov 7, 2012

Kuwait opposition to stage joint demonstration Sunday

KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwaiti opposition groups plan to stage a joint demonstration on Sunday against new voting rules as a standoff with the government intensifies ahead of an election on December 1.

While opposition groups say the rules are a bid to skew the election, the government, so far spared the mass uprising seen in Arab Spring movements elsewhere, has made clear its determination to stop street protests spilling over into unrest.

Nov 5, 2012

Kuwait takes hard line on unauthorised protests

KUWAIT, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Kuwait’s government has made clear
it is willing and able to suppress unauthorised street protests,
saying it must protect public safety, but risks provoking worse
popular unrest by taking a hard line.

Police fired tear gas and smoke bombs to disperse thousands
of Kuwaitis protesting over new voting rules late on Sunday.
Last month a prominent opposition figure was arrested after
speaking at a protest rally where he appealed to the emir,
Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, to avoid “autocratic rule”.

    • About Sylvia

      "Sylvia is based in Beirut, covering Lebanon and Syria. She joined Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2006 and has been based in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna and Kuwait and has reported from South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt and Iraq. She moved to Beirut in 2014."
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