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Kuwait’s parliament agreed to grant citizenship to up to 4,000 ‘foreigners’ on 20 March – a move greeted as a step in the right direction for those campaigning for the rights of Bidoon. The bill, signed by 43 MPs, and with two abstentions, originally stipulated the naturalisation of at least 4,000 stateless people, but had its wording changed to the broader “maximum of 4,000 foreigners”, leading some to question whether the Bidoon community would wholly benefit.

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Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have both announced plans which could dramatically reduce their numbers of expatriate workers. In Saudi Arabia, which has an estimated two to three million illegal foreign labourers, a crackdown has already led to mass deportations; more will follow as part of a Gulf-wide drive to get nationals into work. In Kuwait, where public animosity towards foreigners has been rising, the government says it will reduce the number of expatriates by a million over the next ten years.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia
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Kuwait has announced plans to dramatically reduce the number of foreign workers over the next decade. A 19 March statement by minister of social affairs and labour Thikra Al-Rashidi said the government would oversee a reduction of 100,000 foreign labourers per year for ten years – seeing the balance of nationals to foreigners redressed to roughly half and half. “The strategy envisages bringing down the total number of expatriate workers to only one million in 10 years,” Rashidi said.

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Another 12 people have joined the list of those on trial in the UAE on charges of sedition, bringing the total number of defendants to 106. All are thought to have links to Jamiat Al-Islah wa Tawjih, an Islamist group related to the Muslim Brotherhood. They face charges including seeking to overthrow the UAE leadership, raising funds to support such efforts, infiltrating government institutions and spreading propaganda.

Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Kuwait hanged three men on 1 April, the first time it has carried out the death penalty since 2007. Amnesty International described the move as “a deplorable setback for human rights in the country”. Local media showed pictures of the three men in the gallows, hands strapped behind their backs. They were all convicted of murder.

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The GCC has been leading calls for greater support of the Syrian opposition,with Qatar and Saudi Arabia particularly vocal on the need to arm those fighting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. At a GCC summit in December, Bahrain’s foreign minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Khalifa called for a “radical solution ending the tragedy of the Syrian people”, a line that continued at the Arab League summit hosted by Doha on 26 March.

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) finds itself at the centre of another Gulf-related crisis. Following the furore triggered by the UAE’s decision to stop LSE academic Kristian Coates Ulrichsen from discussing Bahrain at the American University of Sharjah , the university has now cancelled a major Gulf conference planned for London on 25-26 March. The conference, hosted by the LSE Kuwait Programme, was to look at ‘The Arab Spring and the Gulf: Politics, economics and security’; the trigger for the late cancellation was the withdrawal of sponsorship from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS).

Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The relationship between Kuwait and Iraq has been buoyed by a number of political and economic developments across a number of sectors, including: telecoms, energy, real estate, retail, banking, aviation and eduction

Kuwait | Iraq
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On 27 February, an Iraqi Airways plane landed in Kuwait City for the first time since August 1990. The trigger for the resumption of flights from Baghdad was Kuwait’s ratification of a settlement of a dispute over Gulf War-era debts, but the return of Iraqi Airways’ green insignia to Kuwaiti tarmac can be seen as symbolic of a wider détente. The relationship between the neighbours has been buoyed by a raft of positive political and economic developments, the former feeding the latter. Telecoms, energy, real estate and retail sectors have all benefited from Kuwaiti investment, and while contentious issues still remain – including skirmishes along the border – there is much to gain for the neighbours and the region from the mending of historical ills.

Kuwait | Iraq
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To mark the tenth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, and to give wider public access to some of our reporting and analysis, GSN has unlocked the archive of its newsletters published in 2003 (accessible at www.gsn-online.com). The invasion was hardly a surprise; US determination to depose Saddam Hussein had been clear for months, but too little thought went into its repercussions. Few of those behind the invasion saw the potential for the turbulence it unleashed. A reading of pre-2003 GSN shows just how inevitable conflict was. ‘Global terrorism’ was high on the agenda as the George W Bush administration came to power.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Iraq | Qatar
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In response to a Freedom of Information request, GSN has obtained the cost to the UK of running its embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions in the Gulf region. The following table shows the annual running cost of each mission in the financial year 2011/12, the last full financial year available. The figures include costs incurred by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on behalf of all UK government departments present at these posts.

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Issue 941 - 21 February 2013

Five acquitted of insulting Kuwait emir

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A Kuwait court has acquitted five online activists charged with insulting the emir, a verdict rights groups hope will help reverse the recent trend of political incarcerations. Muhammad Al-Ajmi, Faris Al-Balhan, Abdul-Aziz Al-Mutairi, Fahd Al-Jufaira and Rashid Al-Anzi were acquitted by the criminal court on 13 February.

Kuwait | Bahrain
Issue 940 - 07 February 2013

Political tensions smoulder on in Kuwait

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Beneath the patina of Kuwaiti politics – the petty squabbles, the back-and-forth and, more recently, the occasional passing of laws – the government, opposition and new parliament are busy staking claims about their ability to represent Kuwaiti interests

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The new parliament’s pro-government character appears to be translating into greater levels of achievement. The assembly has already pushed through a number of bills and motions, including approving the much delayed draft law to privatise Kuwait Airways Corporation.

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In another sign that the new parliament is keener than its predecessors to get down to business, Kuwaiti MPs have passed a draft law on Kuwait Airways that will finally allow the beleaguered airline’s long-awaited privatisation to move forwards. Plans for privatisation were approved in 2008, but repeatedly delayed by Kuwait’s strangulated political environment. The cabinet had another go in April 2012, but that got put on the back burner during yet another season of parliamentary dissolution and elections

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