Blog archive: Kuwait

  • 14th May 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The UN Human Rights Council has been looking at Kuwait this month under its periodic review system. As is now customary at these sessions, the Kuwaiti minister of social affairs, Mohammad al-Afasi, gave an upbeat assessment of the country's human rights achievements and its...
  • 22nd April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Kuwaiti woman who killed her Asian maid has had her 15-year jail sentence reduced to seven years by an appeal court.  The woman, who has not been named, reportedly hit the maid with "iron and wooden objects", then pushed her into a bathtub and left her motionless for 10 hours...
  • 19th April 2010
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Allegations of vote-buying are casting a cloud over the results of the great Arabic TV poetry contest which ended earlier this month. Nasser al-Ajami, a Kuwaiti, walked away with the the top prize of $1.36m. But it has now emerged that victory came at a price: his tribe spent millions...
  • 11th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A bill that aims to grant civil rights to almost 100,000 stateless Arabs in Kuwait was stymied yesterday because too few MPs turned up to discuss it. The debate had been scheduled for December 10 to coincide with  International Human Rights Day but only 26 MPs and five...
  • 10th December 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Kuwait's prime minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmed al-Sabah, is due to face a no-confidence motion in parliament next week following six hours' questioning by MPs behind closed doors. The questioning of Sheikh Nasser – who is the emir's nephew – was an unprecedented political...
  • 24th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There are signs that Kuwaiti MPs may finally get an opportunity to question their prime minister. If it happens, this would be a milestone for parliamentary government and it could bring an end to a long succession of political crises. The questioning of ministers, which can lead to a vote of no...
  • 11th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Uncovering the past is one thing, but turning it into politicised "heritage" is something else. The National reports the arrival of 13 Polish archaeologists in Kuwait for a "rescue mission" before history is buried under a $77billion megaproject known as City of Silk: Piotr Bielinski...
  • 9th November 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Another ludicrous parliamentary row has broken out in Kuwait - this time over a decision to include music in the core curriculum of schools. Mohammad Hayef al-Mutairi, a tribal-Salafist MP, is seeking to grillthe prime minister (a move that can lead to impeachment) and threatening...
  • 29th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    While the lot of Kuwaiti women seems to be improving, the same cannot be said of foreign domestic workers in the country. Ill-treatment of housemaids – and the apparent lack of public concern about it – is an issue that The Angry Arab follows regularly. It is a problem in all Arab...
  • 29th October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In an important ruling yesterday, Kuwait’s constitutional court  decided that female members of parliament are not required to wear the hijab. Although only female two MPs and a government minister are directly affected, the case has much wider implications. An electoral law...
  • 21st October 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Kuwait's constitutional court is expected to give a ruling later this month on whether female members of parliament must wear the hijab. An electoral law introduced when Kuwaiti women were given full political rights four years ago says: “A condition for women to vote and be elected is to abide...
  • 31st August 2009
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The Yemeni government appears to have succeeded in blocking – at least temporarily – the launch of a new satellite TV channel linked to the opposition. Suhail TV had been due to start broadcasts aimed at Yemenis from the beginning of Ramadan, but has not done so.According to the Yemen...

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