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Issue 912 - 11 November 2011

Emir Sheikh Sabah in crisis talks

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A lengthy meeting between Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and opposition MPs on 1 November focused on their concerns over the ability of the prime minister and government to run the country.

Kuwait
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With the government weakened by a corruption scandal and growing opposition, thousands of public sector employees have taken to the streets to demand higher wages and continued state subsidies

Kuwait
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While Qatar basks in the glory of its successful involvement in the campaign to bring an end to Colonel Muammar Qadhafi’s rule, the big challenge for the emirate’s leadership may yet be to come.

Kuwait | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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The National Assembly on 29 June passed the 2011/12 budget, outlining spending of KD19.4bn ($67.7bn), an 11.1% increase on last year. There have been limited protests, but continued demands for the removal of the prime minister and better health and education infrastructure.

Kuwait
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While Kuwait and Baghdad have been edging towards compromise in the war of words over Iraq’s Mubarak Al-Kabir port mega-project, tensions are being stoked by threats from an Iraqi militant group with strong Iranian connections. Washington shares Kuwait’s concerns about Kataib Hizbollah’s potential to further inflame tensions in the region

Kuwait | Iraq
Issue 906 - 06 August 2011

Baghdad seeks port assessment

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In its first official comments on the Bubiyan island port dispute, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs has demanded that its neighbour halt construction of its new megaport until the impact on Iraqi waterways can be ascertained. Iraq is sending a commission “formed from experts and specialists in all fields and from different ministries” to Kuwait to assess the project, foreign minister Hoshiar Zebari told Al-Sumaria TV.

Kuwait | Iraq
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The start of construction on the new Kuwaiti Mubarak Al-Kabir port near Iraq has reignited long-standing resentments over territory, security and the legacy of reparations from the Saddam era

Kuwait | Iraq
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The start of construction on the new Kuwaiti Mubarak Al-Kabir port near Iraq has reignited long-standing resentments over territory, security and the legacy of reparations from the Saddam era.

Kuwait | Iraq
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Kuwaiti port plans reflect spending push

Kuwait
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This should be a moment of vindication for Kuwait. But the political classes seem incapable of responding to voters’ pride in their constitution and exasperation with domestic squabbles

Kuwait
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In April, Sheikh Nasser Mohammed was reappointed as prime minister by the emir, following the resignation of the cabinet in the wake of attempts to question three ministers. Despite heavy opposition from several MPs and youth activists, Sheikh Nasser has now formed his seventh government in five years.

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Kuwait has been shaken by the sudden death in Cairo of prominent businessman Nasser Al-Kharafi after a heart attack. Al-Kharafi, who was in his mid-60s, was widely regarded as the patriarch of a family that has played a leading role in developing the emirate’s business sector and was a favourite of

Kuwait
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Shell has been approached for gas imports from its Iraqi fields, although there is no guarantee the deal will go through given power shortages in Iraq. At the same time, Kuwait wants to increase output from its own fields

Kuwait | Iraq
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On 5 March, Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah was re-appointed by his uncle, the emir, to the post of prime minister. He will be tasked with forming his seventh government in five years, despite heavy opposition from several MPs and youth activists

Kuwait
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Iran’s relations with its Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) neighbours have entered a dangerous new phase in the febrile world of Arab politics that has followed the upsurge in popular protest and toppling of North African regimes. Amid claims of bellicose meddling in domestic affairs, it would not be over-dramatic to talk about the emergence of a new Arab-Iranian cold war, reflected in actions such as Kuwait’s 31 March announcement that it would expel an unspecified number of Iranian diplomats for alleged spying and the mid-March attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Tehran and Mashhad.

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia