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Kuwaitis Vote in Austerity-Focused Poll, Energised by Opposition

By Sami Aboudi and Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT, Nov 26 – Kuwaitis voted on Saturday in an election energised by the participation of opposition candidates for the first time since 2012 and focused on recent government austerity measures aimed at tackling the oil-rich nation’s deficit. The parliament of Western-allied Kuwait was due to run until July

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Kuwaitis Vote in Austerity-Focused Poll, Energised by Opposition

By Sami Aboudi and Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT, Nov 26 – Kuwaitis voted on Saturday in an election energised by the participation of opposition candidates for the first time since 2012 and focused on recent government austerity measures aimed at tackling the oil-rich nation’s deficit. The parliament of Western-allied Kuwait was due to run until July

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Economic Reforms Weigh on Kuwait’s Parliamentary Election

By Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT, Nov 24 – Kuwaitis vote on Saturday for a new parliament the government hopes will help push through reforms to a lavish welfare state to curb a budget deficit caused by weak oil prices. Nearly 300 candidates are vying for 50 seats in an assembly that has legislative powers but which

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GCC: Rethinking Alliances

The shifting sands of the GCC’s geostrategic environment By Adel Abdel Ghafar Two decades of an almost uninterrupted rise in hydrocarbon prices allowed the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to invest in infrastructure, education and health, as well as provide generous subsidies for their people. Fueled by high energy prices, ambitious rulers not

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The Plight of Kuwaiti Women

Will the upcoming parliament see more female MPs? By Abdullah Alelyan On October 17, Kuwait’s Ruler Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah recently disbanded the country’s National Assembly, also known as Kuwait’s Parliament, following a letter by the government citing the legislatives body’s lack of cooperation. Al Sabah also called for early parliamentary elections to be

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The Problem With Kuwait’s Higher Education

One public university, not enough majors, and few seats for Masters and PhD students By Abdullah Alelyan Twelve years ago, Kuwait took a decision to build a new public university known as the Sabah Al Salem University City, better known as Shadadiyah University, to cope with the rising number of students seeking higher education in Kuwait.

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Kuwait Ruler Dissolves Parliament: Official News Agency

KUWAIT, Oct. 16 – Kuwait’s emir ordered the dissolution of parliament on Sunday, saying regional developments and “security challenges” meant the national assembly should choose fresh representatives. The order was contained in a decree by Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad al-Sabah published by the Gulf Arab state’s official KUNA state news agency. The agency had no

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Kuwait’s Activists Risk Jail for Pushing the Limits on Social Media

  By Abdullah Alelyan Earlier this month, Sheikh Abdullah Salem Al Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti ruling family, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for slandering the ruler of the country in his tweets. A few days later, Kuwaiti social activist Sarah Al Idriss was detained based on the orders of the Public Prosecutor,

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Kuwait: Electronic Frontiers

Kuwait’s new electronic media law has draconian elements aimed at curbing freedom of speech, say online journalists. Read more: http://newsweekme.com/kuwait-electronic-frontiers/   Social Streams

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