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Protests come to Kuwait, where demonstrators call for the removal of the PM and his replacement...

Protests come to Kuwait, where demonstrators call for the removal of the PM and his replacement from someone outside of the ruling Al-Sabah family. Neither this nor a larger rally planned for later today received permission from the government, which typically bans such events.
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  • BlueOkie
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    Peace is breaking out all over. Didn't we save Kuwait just a few short years ago from Iraq? As a big oil producer, why don't they produce more and more? We saved OPEC from disaster and our repayment is $4 gas.
    8 Mar 2011, 08:18 AM Reply Like
  • daxtoe
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    gimme some more info... this is like writing about a broken atm during the credit crisis- clients unable to withdraw cash from citi.....
    the entire middle east drama has been media driven. the oil is flowing. keep your hats on people. inflation is not an issue with low capacity utilization. this is deflationary pressure. qe3.
    8 Mar 2011, 08:23 AM Reply Like
  • bob adamson
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    The following links give background about the current protests and the country itself

     

    english.aljazeera.net/...

     

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

     

    The picture that emerges is of a very small but very rich country with a large and multi-ethnic non-citizen guest worker class, elements of which are demanding greater civil and political rights. The citizens of Kuwait (who appear to form somewhat more than half the population) enjoy real prosperity and reasonable civil rights but lack effective political traction as the ruling family (while having created the forms of a democratic state) retain personal control of the effective levers of power. Noteworthy as well is the fact that the Islamic population is fairly evenly divided between Sunni and Shi’a.

     

    While the country appears to be prosperous, reasonably well administered, reasonably moderate, modern and tolerant in its domestic social and economic policies and administration and capable of meeting the economic needs of its people, it does face challenges. It has not integrated its diverse peoples into a unified civil society and it lacks a political system that promotes such unification effectively. Protests from the excluded elements of the population and from young urban youth are an outcome of this fragile and artificial State system. While the protests lack the anger and desperation evidenced elsewhere, there is the question whether the Government possesses the flexibility and the society the inherent cohesion to facilitate significant reform. These are not problems that can be solved by throwing money at them.
    8 Mar 2011, 11:54 AM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    Thanks for a reasoned analysis.
    8 Mar 2011, 04:23 PM Reply Like
  • tigersam
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    What the hell all these countries want? Remove one dectetor and get another decteror?
    8 Mar 2011, 12:29 PM Reply Like
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