October 16, 1990 |
Instead of guns, their weapons are soft Arabic chants and posters of their beloved emir, Sheik Jabbar al Ahmed al Sabah. Their battlefields are the mosques and living rooms of Kuwait city. For armament against the Iraqi soldiers, they tote their children at their sides.
November 24, 1999 |
Kuwait's parliament on Tuesday handily rejected a decree by the country's ruler giving women the right to vote and run for office. Religious conservatives were joined in the 41-21 vote by many liberal lawmakers who said they support women's rights but disapproved of the emir's issuing the edict while parliament was out of session. "This is tragic," said Rula Dashti, a 35-year-old women's rights activist. "A parliament votes to limit democracy--what a farce!"
February 27, 1991 |
The handwriting of the smuggled letter was barely legible, the undisciplined scrawl of a teen-ager. But there was nothing childish in the words, a pledge of determination for the freedom that Kuwaiti opposition leaders say will transform their nation from a feudal sheikdom into a real democracy. "You can be proud," the 16-year-old wrote to his parents from the underground, within the resistance movement in Iraqi-occupied Kuwait. "I am a man now and I will never be driven out.
April 9, 1991 |
Opposition leaders balked Monday at signing on to a new interim government in Kuwait, complaining that the ruling emir did not commit to a speedy restoration of the dissolved national Parliament.
March 7, 1991 |
He lies in a hospital bed unable to move, unable to work, unable to do much of anything except try to remember who the man was who came to the door one night shortly after Kuwait was liberated, greeted him politely and pulled out a gun. Hamad Jouan, a former member of Parliament and a leader of the pro-democracy movement in Kuwait, knows he had seen the man before.
October 9, 1996 |
Pro-government candidates may become the largest bloc in Kuwait's new parliament, gaining at the expense of Muslim fundamentalists who had been the largest group, election results indicated Tuesday. Independent readings of the results showed that religious deputies trying to advance their vision of an Islamic society slipped from 19 to 16 seats, while pro-government deputies appeared to have gained ground in the National Assembly, moving from 15 to 18 seats.