KUWAIT (Reuters) – At a traditional evening meeting known as a “diwaniya”, Kuwaiti men drop banknotes into a box, opening a campaign to arm up to 12,000 anti-government fighters in Syria. A new Mercedes is parked outside to be auctioned off for cash.
They are Sunni Muslim and mainly Islamist like many Syrian rebels who have been trying for two years to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the minority Alawite sect, a branch of Shi’ite Islam. Shi’ites are also a minority in Kuwait.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait will hold its sixth parliamentary election in seven years on July 25, a snap vote ordered by its top court after the current assembly was dissolved earlier this week in another sign of political turmoil in the Gulf Arab state.
Almost constant factional infighting and disarray has stalled infrastructure development and held up economic reforms in Kuwait, an important oil producer and U.S. ally.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s constitutional court dissolved parliament on Sunday and called for fresh elections under a voting system rejected by the opposition, a move that could bring more volatility to a Gulf Arab state hit by extraordinary street protests last year.
Kuwait’s ruler made a televised plea for citizens to accept the changes to the voting rules, asking them to reject “the voices of chaos”.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Kuwait’s top court ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday and called for fresh elections, a ruling likely to herald fresh political volatility in the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state.
The Constitutional Court made its ruling after throwing out opposition challenges to changes to the electoral system decreed by the emir, hereditary ruler of the oil-exporting country, head judge Youssef al-Mutawa told reporters.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – The narrow, cracked streets of the district of Jleeb al-Shuyoukh, down the road from Kuwait’s main airport, would normally be bustling with Indian and Bangladeshi workers by late morning, just before the summer sun becomes unbearable.
But since Kuwaiti police launched a series of raids about two months ago, saying they were tracking down illegal laborers, the streets are almost empty and many small businesses have closed their doors, residents say.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – After two lacklustre decades, Kuwait is experiencing a quiet revival of an arts scene once known as the most avant garde in the Gulf, thanks to a new generation eager to tackle sensitive issues using cutting-edge art forms.
The artists have been exhibiting works in the graphic arts, photography, animation and fashion in private galleries but also bypassing traditional venues and arts groups – and possible censorship – by showing their work online to reach an audience beyond the 3.7 million people in Kuwait.
KUWAIT, May 22 (Reuters) – After two lacklustre decades,
Kuwait is experiencing a quiet revival of an arts scene once
known as the most avant garde in the Gulf, thanks to a new
generation eager to tackle sensitive issues using cutting-edge
The artists have been exhibiting works in the graphic arts,
photography, animation and fashion in private galleries but also
bypassing traditional venues and arts groups – and possible
censorship – by showing their work online to reach an audience
beyond the 3.7 million people in Kuwait.
KUWAIT, May 16 (Reuters) – State-owned Kuwait Airways
said it had signed an initial agreement with Airbus
to buy 25 new aircraft and take an option on 10 more in
the biggest overhaul of its fleet since the 1990 Iraqi invasion.
The order for the new planes would include 15 A320neo
narrowbody jets and 10 of Airbus’s new A350-900 XWB, Chairman
Sami al-Nisf told a news conference on Thursday.
KUWAIT (Reuters) – A ruling by Kuwait’s top court next month could end a period of relative political stability, jeopardizing government plans to push ahead with long-delayed economic projects.
One of the world’s richest countries per capita, Kuwait has struggled for years to get big infrastructure projects off the ground because of bureaucratic red tape and political turmoil. A parliamentary election in December was the fifth in six years.
KUWAIT, May 13 (Reuters) – Kuwait is studying plans by its
airline to buy 25 Airbus jets, a source with knowledge of the
matter said, in the most sweeping overhaul since part of its
fleet was seized after Iraq invaded the Gulf state in 1990.
The proposal calls for state-owned Kuwait Airways to
buy 25 new Airbus jets and to lease a further 13 to upgrade its
fleet but needs government approval, the source said. It could
be signed by the end of this month.