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The death of Talal Al-Ayyar at the age of 50 marks a theatrical crescendo to the tumult and controversy of Kuwaiti public life, in which the former statesman had been an active player

Kuwait
Issue 864 - 06 November 2009

Kuwait's women MPs demand more

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Voting, parliamentary seats and ministerial posts are only the start for Aseel Al-Awadhi. She wants women in Kuwait to be full citizens in more than politics. Despite recent reforms – discussed in Politics below – there is still a huge distance to make up in terms of women’s social and legal status, says the MP, who does not wear a hijab, inside parliament or elsewhere.

Kuwait
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In an often fractious political scene, the 1962 document is the foundation upon which all Kuwaitis agree – and it is now working in favour of women’s freedoms

Kuwait
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Despite the slow but steady progress now being made on policy issues, the prospect of an old-style ministerial grilling threatens Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed and may lead to the dissolution of parliament

Kuwait
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Banks risky but Qatar does well, says study, Batelco fined by regulator for sector monopoly, Al-Bazie appointed deputy finance minister, €1bn sukuk delayed, Warba Bank approval, BD50m investment in IWPP

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain
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Engaging international oil companies in projects at home is essential to meet long-term demand, but MPs’ failure to agree on the way forward means Kuwait is having more success abroad

Kuwait
Issue 860 - 12 September 2009

Gulfis graduate from Sandhurst

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Several Gulfis were among the latest batch of officers to pass out of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Bahraini graduates included

Kuwait | Bahrain | Oman
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The emirate represents the second most threatened in the GCC after Saudi Arabia, and Kuwaitis are significantly represented among Al-Qaeda’s leadership

Kuwait
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

Chevron closes head office

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US major Chevron Corporation has closed its head office in Kuwait after failed negotiations for enhanced technical services agreements (TSAs) – indicating that the recent government reshuffle may have done little to change political opposition to foreign involvement in the hydrocarbons industry.

Kuwait
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

EMIR SHEIKH AHMED meets Obama

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Emir Sheikh Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah held talks with President Barack Obama in the White House on 4 August

Kuwait
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Tribal politics tends to alienate many Kuwaitis, but the emirate's campaign to stop tribes from holding primary contests ahead of the recent legislative election is being undermined by Saudi indulgence of such practices. Unofficial Saudi sources report that Kuwaiti tribes evaded the law against holding primaries to select

Kuwait
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-backed, UK-based Islamic investment Gatehouse Bank and Swiss fund management company Sustainable Asset Management (SAM) have launched an open-ended sharia-compliant water fund. First close is scheduled for 31 October. Gatehouse chief executive David Test

Kuwait
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Published in June 2009, this map provides an overview of global Islamic finance markets. Charts and graphics include Sharia-compliant financial assets by country (Dec 2007), Takaful operators by country (2008), Leading Islamic banks by asset values (Dec 2007), and Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) inter-regional trade

Iran | Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
Issue 856 - 27 June 2009

The sukuk list

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List detailing sukuk transactions in 2009

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar | Lebanon
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GSN lists some – but not by any means all – of the key players operating in the industry

Kuwait | Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar