Results for Category: Kuwait

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Nada Faris: the Anglowaiti

Nada Faris made the conscious decision to write in English to reach a global audience, and to avoid risking the nuances of her work getting lost in translation. Her writings shifted her perspective on writing and empowered the audience with knowledge that would make them think, question and discuss.

Population of Kuwait

According to estimates by the Central Statistical Bureau, the population of Kuwait at the end of 2017 was 4.27 million. Of this, the number of Kuwaiti citizens was 1.3 million, while the number of expatriates was 2.92 million. The growth rate was approximately 38 per cent between 2011 and 2017, with an average annual growth rate of 6.3 per cent. This is in line with World Bank figures, which puts the average annual growth rate at 6.24 per cent between 2011 and 2017.

Governance & Politics

Although Kuwait sports democratic institutions and has a Constitution, it is not a full democracy or a constitutional monarchy. In 1999, in his celebrated study on Middle Eastern monarchies All in the Family, political scientist Michael Herb came up with the useful term ‘dynastic monarchy’.

The Arts in Kuwait: Recapturing the Liberal Spirit

When put into regional perspective, Kuwait has a distinctive cultural history. A reverse history, one might say, that saw the country go from a liberal haven for artists from all over the region to a restrictive place where the arts face official censorship and a reluctant society.

In Kuwait, Is Fighting Book Censorship a Losing Battle?

It remains to be seen how many scantily dressed cartoon characters will end up in the booths of that book fair, due to be held in November. More generally, it remains to be seen where Kuwait is going with its censorship, and how strong the influence of religious circles will remain on the country’s cultural life. Al-Yagout is optimistic that things will soon change for the better. “Their time is up. Nothing should be censored anymore, but if they want to censor something, let them censor terrorist booklets by some crazy clerics.”

Kuwait argues over Demographic Imbalance

We should tax their remittances, they should pay more for electricity, we need Kuwaiti-only hospitals and some of the expats we simply have to kick out. Such is, in 2017, the rhetoric of a group of parliament members of Kuwait, where expats make up about 2/3 of the population.

Kuwait argues over Demographic Imbalance

Restoring the demographic balance seems the highest priority for parliament members of Kuwait, who insist on a discussion about the ‘expat situation’ in an attempt to improve the economic situation.