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    Thumbs up Arab Spring reaches Kuwait

    What in the last few days were described as Islamist protests against the Kuwait government, are now being referred to as:
    The opposition, made up of Islamists, nationalists and liberals, won a general election in February but the constitutional court quashed the vote in June and reinstated the previous pro-government parliament.
    Taken from Al Jazeera:
    Kuwait opposition vows to defy ban on rally - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

    Along with Bahrain, this makes two GCC countries that are directly challanged by protests linked to the Arab Spring. I am not sure if protesters in Bahrain can be described as 'Arab', but the term 'Arab Spring' is perhaps more generally applied with the passage of time. What we are seeing a general uprising of democracy, so it does not matter what other label is applied.

    It will be interesting to see how the Kuwaiti Royal family react to this rising challange, further than they already have. Sectarian divisions like those that exist in Bahrain, cannot be played on to justify continued repression. With Kuwaiti opposition including democrats and Islamists, the sole motivation laid bare for the Kuwaiti Royal family to retain power, is respect for monarchy. Hard to say how big these protests are, but those particupating in them enjoy enough support to have beaten pro-government parties in the February elections.

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    Opposition leaders insist they have no desire to undermine the Al-Sabah ruling family and on Friday pledged their loyalty to the emir while renewing their demand for the new electoral law to be repealed.
    This does not seem to be an anti-monarchist rebellion, but does put Kuwaits ruling Emir is in an awkward position. Kuwait is not a large country, and any attempt to abolish parliment entirely could backfire. Kuwait, not Bahrain, may prove the weak link the GCC's armour. There can be no settlement with the opposition that does not repeal the electoral law that overturned the last elections. So democracy, which took root as a condition of US intervention to liberate Kuwait in the 1sr Gulf War, must inevitably prevail.

    And if that law is overturned, Kuwait is on the road to becoming a functioning constitutional monarhcy. Even if it is not a 'republic', democratic voices will be influencing GCC policy. How much longer can Saudi Arabia itself then hold out against progress?

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    Seems to be on the boil all right, do you think anything will change?



    Teargas fired at protesters in Kuwait City | World news | guardian.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by cimon9999 View Post
    Seems to be on the boil all right, do you think anything will change?
    Well it won't change quickly, but the cat is out of the bag. A parliment has to be more than a rubber stamp, and I would wager the Kuwati authorities are nervous about doing anything that might see protests esculate. Even planting a false flag on the protests would force to the surface the need for government to compromise with the legitimate opposition. No easy way for the Emir to escape accountability.

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    Where are the ladies in all this?

    Just wondered if they are at home making the dinner, while the lads have a protest

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    This really is an escalation of protests (and the motivations behind them) in Kuwait, yes. A friend of mine who's from Kuwait has said that most protests were held by Bedouin in the past. This seems to be quite different.

    I do so hope that the emir will act smartly and work towards a true constitutional monarchy.

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    Oh great another Islamist rebellion...lol
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    bet the yanks wont be waiting around for this on to 'fizzle' out.


    oh that oil ~ all that lovely black valuable oil
    for oft when on my couch i lie in vacant or in pensive mood
    and now with thanks to fina fall my couch ill have to sell for food

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    They are only protesting because the Emir will not give them new porches this year, it is a corrupt joke of a Country, their horrible treatment of Asian workers is well known and the kickbacks for favours are legendary.

    There is no culture working for a living,forward planing and education outside the oil business and responsibility for the greater good.

    Certain Irish politicians would fit right in, imagine all that free money for looking the other way, fixing deals under the counter and the bribes, OH, the bribes, why else would you go into politics, easy money, do nothing and live comfortably for the rest of your life.

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    Is there a liberal, well educated, middle class in Kuwait who would be capable of developing the country economically and socially?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmw1 View Post
    bet the yanks wont be waiting around for this on to 'fizzle' out.


    oh that oil ~ all that lovely black valuable oil
    The Yanks started it. A condition of US liberation of Kuwait was the implimention of democractic reform, the platform the protests are not based on. The oil was there before the Yank led alliance pushed Saddam out of Kuwait, the mechanisms of democratic expression were not.

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