House of Al-Sabah http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23498/all en Kuwait sentences second man to jail for insulting emir -lawyer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/kuwait-sentences-second-man-jail-insulting-emir-lawyer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>DUBAI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to<br /> two years in prison on Monday for insulting the country's ruler<br /> on Twitter, his lawyer said, the second to be jailed for the<br /> offence in as many days.</p> <p>The U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state has clamped down in recent<br /> months on political activists who have been using social media<br /> websites to criticise the government and the ruling family.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/kuwait-sentences-second-man-jail-insulting-emir-lawyer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Al-Sabah Arrest Asia Conviction Employment Relation House of Al-Sabah House of Sabah Kuwait Middle East Person Career Politics Quotation Religion Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Sabah II Al-Sabah Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 14:08:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731328 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait's parliament approves decree curbing popular vote http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/kuwaits-parliament-approves-decree-curbing-popular-vote <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>KUWAIT, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Kuwait's parliament on Tuesday<br /> approved a royal decree amending voting rules that sparked mass<br /> protests and an opposition boycott of elections last month in<br /> the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab country, the official news agency KUNA<br /> said.</p> <p>The emergency decree issued by Kuwait's emir in October - a<br /> week after he dissolved parliament - reduced the number of votes<br /> per citizen to one from four.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/kuwaits-parliament-approves-decree-curbing-popular-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:30:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731630 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwaitis financed Brotherhood members held in UAE -Kuwaiti media http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/kuwaitis-financed-brotherhood-members-held-uae-kuwaiti-media <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KUWAIT, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Islamists held in the United Arab Emirates accused of planning to topple the government were financed by Kuwaiti nationals, Kuwaiti media reported on Friday, lending support to UAE fears of an international plot against its rulers.</p> <p>The UAE, a major oil exporter, has detained more than 60 Islamists in the past year who it says belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group founded in Egypt in 1928 and which is banned in the Gulf Arab state, and who it accuses of planning to establish an Islamic state and operating an armed wing.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/kuwaitis-financed-brotherhood-members-held-uae-kuwaiti-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Politics Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:00:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733173 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwaiti police use stun grenades to disperse protesters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/kuwaiti-police-use-stun-grenades-disperse-protesters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Activists calling for new parliamentary elections</p> <p>* Numbers at marches have fallen since Dec. 1 vote</p> <p>* Election boycotted by opposition after rules change</p> <p>KUWAIT, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Kuwaiti police used smoke and stun grenades to scatter hundreds of protesters outside the capital on Tuesday after they gathered to demand the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections, witnesses said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/kuwaiti-police-use-stun-grenades-disperse-protesters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Politics Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:15:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738003 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Kuwaiti police use stun grenades to disperse protesters http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-kuwaiti-police-use-stun-grenades-disperse-protesters <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Activists calling for new parliamentary elections</p> <p>* Numbers at marches have fallen since Dec. 1 vote</p> <p>* Election was boycotted by opposition after rules change (Adds Interior Ministry statement, context)</p> <p>KUWAIT, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Kuwaiti police used smoke and stun grenades to scatter hundreds of protesters outside the capital on Tuesday after they gathered to demand the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections, witnesses said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/update-1-kuwaiti-police-use-stun-grenades-disperse-protesters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 23:15:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738062 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait pledges $300 mln in Syria aid at donor meeting http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/kuwait-pledges-300-mln-syria-aid-at-donor-meeting <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KUWAIT, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Kuwait's emir pledged on Wednesday to give $300 million to help fund humanitarian efforts for millions of Syrians affected by nearly two years of conflict.</p> <p>Announcing the funding at an aid donor conference, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah added that "horrifying reports" of violence had raised questions over the future of Syria and aid efforts had to be redoubled.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/kuwait-pledges-300-mln-syria-aid-at-donor-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East USD Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:45:37 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741402 at http://www.globalpost.com Donors pledge more than $1 bln for Syrian refugees- Kuwait http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/blank-headline-received-6 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KUWAIT, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Donors pledged more than $1 billion at an international aid conference in Kuwait on Wednesday for Syrians displaced by nearly two years of fighting, a Kuwaiti minister said in remarks carried by the state news agency KUNA.</p> <p>Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah al-Mubarak al-Sabah told reporters he hoped the total pledges would reach the target of $1.5 billion set by the United Nations by the end of the meeting later in the day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130130/blank-headline-received-6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Politics Thomson Reuters Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:15:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5741515 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwaiti gets 5 years for insulting ruler http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/kuwaiti-gets-5-years-insulting-ruler <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KUWAIT, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to five years in prison on Sunday for insulting the emir on Twitter, a rights lawyer and news websites said, in the latest prosecution for criticism of authorities via social media in the Gulf Arab state.</p> <p>The court gave Kuwaiti Mohammad Eid al-Ajmi the maximum sentence for the comments, news websites al-Rai and alaan.cc reported.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130203/kuwaiti-gets-5-years-insulting-ruler" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Technology Thomson Reuters Sun, 03 Feb 2013 17:09:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5744567 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait top court confirms jail for tweeter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/kuwait-top-court-confirms-jail-tweeter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Kuwait's supreme court has confirmed a 10-year jail term for an activist convicted of using Twitter to insult the emir and call for the overthrow of the regime, a report said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Al-Jarida newspaper said the verdict against Orance al-Rasheedi, who was also convicted of spreading false news about Kuwait to undermine the oil-rich country's image, is final and cannot be challenged.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/kuwait-top-court-confirms-jail-tweeter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Hospitality House of Al-Sabah Law Middle East Politics Technology AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 07:00:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746080 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait jails former MPs for criticising emir http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/kuwait-jails-former-mps-criticising-emir <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KUWAIT, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced three former opposition lawmakers to three years in jail on Tuesday for comments deemed offensive towards the ruling emir, the second such conviction in three days.</p> <p>The three ex-lawmakers - Islamists Falah al-Sawwagh and Bader al-Dahum, and populist Khaled al-Tahus - were arrested in October after an opposition-led protest where riot police used teargas and stun grenades.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/kuwait-jails-former-mps-criticising-emir" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:30:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746365 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Kuwait jails former MPs for criticising emir http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-kuwait-jails-former-mps-criticising-emir <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds U.S. comment, paragraphs 10-11)</p> <p>KUWAIT, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A Kuwaiti court sentenced three former opposition lawmakers to three years in jail on Tuesday for comments deemed offensive toward the ruling emir, the second such conviction in three days.</p> <p>The three ex-lawmakers - Islamists Falah al-Sawwagh and Bader al-Dahum, and populist Khaled al-Tahus - were arrested in October after an opposition-led protest where riot police used teargas and stun grenades.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-kuwait-jails-former-mps-criticising-emir" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Politics Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:30:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746901 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait MPs give first nod to naturalise 4,000 stateless http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/kuwait-mps-give-first-nod-naturalise-4000-stateless <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A bill to grant Kuwaiti citizenship to at least 4,000 stateless people this year passed the first stage of approval in the Gulf state's parliament on Thursday.</p> <p>The bill, approved by 33 MPs with 14 others including nine cabinet ministers abstaining, will become effective after it clears a second round of voting later this month and after it is signed by the oil-rich Gulf state's ruler.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/kuwait-mps-give-first-nod-naturalise-4000-stateless" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:00:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748721 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait must end jailings over offences to ruler - HRW http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/kuwait-must-end-jailings-over-offences-ruler-hrw <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>KUWAIT, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Kuwait cannot claim to be a beacon of freedom in the Gulf if it sends people to jail for remarks deemed offensive towards the ruling emir, and it must amend its penal code, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.</p> <p>Since October, prosecutors have charged nearly 25 people with offending Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, sentencing at least six of them to jail terms, the U.S.-based body said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/kuwait-must-end-jailings-over-offences-ruler-hrw" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Law Middle East Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 20:16:10 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749339 at http://www.globalpost.com Kuwait MPs to quiz oil and finance ministers, risking tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/kuwait-mps-quiz-oil-and-finance-ministers-risking-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Standoff between elected parliament, appointed govt</p> <p>* Has held up reforms, investment in oil producer</p> <p>* Assembly has used questionings to force resignations</p> <p>KUWAIT, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Two Kuwaiti lawmakers said on Monday they were planning to question the country's oil and finance ministers, a move that could reignite tensions between parliament and government in the Gulf Arab state after a brief respite.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/kuwait-mps-quiz-oil-and-finance-ministers-risking-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:15:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5758791 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Kuwait MPs to quiz ministers, risking tensions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/update-1-kuwait-mps-quiz-ministers-risking-tensions <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Standoff between elected parliament, appointed govt</p> <p>* Has held up reforms, investment in oil producer</p> <p>* Assembly has used questionings to force resignations (Adds details on requests, newspaper column)</p> <p>KUWAIT, Feb 18 (Reuters) - Two Kuwaiti lawmakers said on Monday they were planning to question the country's oil and finance ministers over a number of alleged irregularities, a move that could reignite tensions between parliament and government.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130218/update-1-kuwait-mps-quiz-ministers-risking-tensions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia House of Al-Sabah Middle East Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:15:45 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5758947 at http://www.globalpost.com