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Kuwait is situated northeast of Saudi Arabia at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, south of Iraq. It is slightly larger than Hawaii. The low-lying desert land is mainly sandy and barren. Kuwait is a constitutional monarchy, governed by the al-Sabah family.
Kuwait is believed to have been part of an early civilization in the 3rd millennium B.C. and to have traded with Mesopotamian cities. Archeological and historical traces disappeared around the first millennium B.C. At the beginning of the 18th century, the 'Anizah tribe of central Arabia founded Kuwait City, which became an autonomous sheikdom by 1756. 'Abd Rahim of the al-Sabah became the first sheik, and his descendants continue to rule Kuwait today. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the sheikdom belonged to the fringes of the Ottoman Empire. Kuwait obtained British protection in 1897 when the sheik feared that the Turks would expand their hold over the area. In 1961, Britain ended the protectorate, giving Kuwait independence, but agreed to give military aid on request. Iraq immediately threatened to occupy the area, and the British sent troops to defend Kuwait. Soon afterward, the Arab League sent in troops, replacing the British. Iraq's claim was dropped when the Arab League recognized Kuwait's independence on July 20, 1961. Historically, Kuwait followed a neutral and mediatory policy among Arab states.
Oil was discovered in Kuwait in the 1930s, and proved to have 20% of the world's known oil resources. Since 1946 it has been the world's second-largest oil exporter. The sheik, who receives half of the profits, devotes most of them to the education, welfare, and modernization of his kingdom. In 1966, Sheik Sabah designated a relative, Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah, as his successor. By 1968, the sheikdom had established a model welfare state, and it sought to establish dominance among the sheikdoms and emirates of the Persian Gulf.
In July 1990, Iraqi president Saddam Hussein blamed Kuwait for falling oil prices. After a failed Arab mediation attempt to solve the dispute peacefully, Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, set up a pro-Iraqi provisional government, and drained Kuwait of its economic resources. A coalition of Arab and Western military forces drove Iraqi troops from Kuwait in a mere four days, from Feb. 23–27, 1991, ending the Persian Gulf War. The emir returned to his country from Saudi Arabia in mid-March. Martial law, in effect since the end of the Gulf War, ended in late June. The U.S. sent 2,400 troops to the country in Aug. 1992, ostensibly as part of a training exercise, though it was widely interpreted as a show of strength to Saddam Hussein. Iraqi “training” maneuvers near the Kuwaiti border in Oct. 1994 renewed fears of aggression in the country. A Kuwaiti appeal brought the quick deployment of U.S. and British troops and equipment.
In 1999, the emir gave women the right to vote and run for parliament, but later that year Parliament defeated the ruler's decree. Kuwaiti society has grown increasingly conservative under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists. In 2003, traditionalists won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections. The emir and crown prince (who served as prime minister) were elderly and ailing; in July 2003, the country's de facto leader, foreign minister Sheik Sabah, replaced the crown prince as prime minister.
In May 2005, Kuwait abandoned its 1999 ban on women's suffrage, and in June a woman was appointed to the cabinet. In April 2006, women voted for the first time. In Jan. 2006, the emir, Sheik Jabir, died. His cousin, Crown Prince Sheik Saad, briefly became the nation's ruler, but he was forced to abdicate because of extreme ill health. The prime minister, Sheik Sabah, was then nominated and unanimously confirmed by Parliament as emir. Sheik Sabah named his brother, Sheik Nawaf, as crown prince, and his nephew, Sheik Nasser, as prime minister.
Prime Minister Sheik Nasser Muhammad al-Ahmad al-Sabah dissolved the opposition-led parliament in March 2008 and called for new elections. In May's parliamentary elections, radical Islamists took more than half of the body's 50 seats. No women were elected to Parliament. Prime Minister Sabah and his cabinet resigned in November in a dispute with Parliament over the visit to Kuwait by a controversial Iranian cleric. The emir reappointed Sabah in December, and he formed a new government in Jan. 2009, composed largely of previous cabinet members.
Fri, 22 May 2015 01:26:15 -0700
The negotiations betweeen the twom parties are aimed to improve air cargo carriage procedures as well as strengthen cooperation in civil aviation and provide maximum comfort of air services. “The agreement will help to boost commercial cooperation in ...
Thu, 21 May 2015 09:59:03 -0700
And then there was another time, a round trip flight from Germany to Kuwait. On the approach back into Germany — in bad weather — I turned around to ask the relief pilot a ... When a FedEx or UPS plane, or one of many smaller cargo airlines that you ...
New York Daily News
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:18:45 -0700
It was here that he would perform his last act of heroism, Fernandez said, as he rescued two people from an accident aboard a cargo ship's hold in 1988. Due to carbon monoxide poisoning however, he shortly thereafter died ... While her son currently ...
South Dade News Leader (subscription)
Thu, 21 May 2015 02:58:56 -0700
The head of the Kuwaiti delegation, CAAC Director General Abdulaziz Al-Farah, said this agreement is part of the CAAC policy in strengthening bilateral ties with friendly countries and set the first steps towards operating the commercial and cargo ...
Kuwait News Agency
Fri, 22 May 2015 05:22:30 -0700
One such particular challenge was the Supreme Court of Appeal case of Impala Platinum Limited v Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschappij NV and Another 2008 (6) SA 606, whereby the appellant, a consignor of certain cargo that was lost during air carriage ...
Fri, 22 May 2015 08:22:30 -0700
Cebu Pacific's current long-haul flights include Dubai, Riyadh, Sydney, Kuwait and Doha, Qatar. The airline unit of JG Summit Holdings Inc. said profit in the January-March period hit P1.16 billion, up 20 ... Cargo revenues grew modestly by 3.5 percent ...
Manila Standard Today
Wed, 20 May 2015 19:26:15 -0700
MANAMA: A gala dinner featuring key representatives of Bahrain's insurance and takaful industry was held last evening at the Gulf Hotel. The event was held to mark the 35th anniversary of Bahrain-based Arab War Risk Insurance Syndicate (AWRIS).
Gulf Daily News
Wed, 20 May 2015 07:26:20 -0700
The Company handled 54,100 TEUs, exported 14,301 TEUs and served 98 Container voyages in Kuwait Ports (Shuwaikh/Shuaibah), he added, noting it also arranged bulk cargo for 213,155 tons of sulfur through 7 voyages. Al-Zaid stated that the growth in ...
Kuwait News Agency