Kuwaiti blogger arrested for criticism of Bahraini, Saudi dictatorships

This video is about Pakistani workers in Kuwait.

From daily Haaretz in Israel:

17:37 15.06.11

Kuwaiti Twitter user arrested for criticizing Bahrain, Saudi Arabia

Nasser Abul, a Shi’ite Muslim, tweeted information about anti-government protests in Bahrain; this is not the first time a blogger has been detained in Kuwait.

By Tal Pavel

A young Kuwaiti man was detained recently for his criticism of the Bahraini and Saudi royal families.

Nasser Abul, a Shi’ite Muslim, published the critical remarks via his Twitter feed, at a very high frequency, until June 7. Notable among his tweets was information about the recent anti-government protests in Bahrain. He also uploaded photographs of people killed in the protests. In most of the cases, he re-tweeted other users’ messages via his own feed.

This is not the first time that a blogger has been detained in Kuwait. Three months ago, a local blogger was released from a two-month stint in prison for slandering the name of the prime minister.

Damaging the image of state officials is a Middle Eastern taboo, damaging information and criticism are not meant to be published on the internet. With this in mind, Abul’s detention does not seem surprising, especially considering Kuwait‘s important ties with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

There has been a lot of tension within the Sunni Bahraini regime over the last few months following protests among Bahrain‘s Shi’ite community, which makes up the majority of the population of the country. This tension is added to by this year’s dramatic events in the Middle East, which have shown that the written word made public via the internet can bring a regime to its knees.

Despite this, Kuwait does not have a reputation for being problematic in terms of freedom of expression. It is not considered one of the “world’s enemies of the internet,” and it is at the top of the list of countries in the region that protect individual freedom and freedom of expression.

Dr. Tal Pavel is an expert in the Middle East and Islamic World’s usage of the internet and technology.

This last paragraph is a bit strange. Maybe Kuwait being “at the top of the list of countries in the region that protect individual freedom and freedom of expression” just says something about how utterly horrible other regional dictatorships are; not that Kuwait is not a dictatorship.

Not even the State Department of the USA, key ally of the Arabian peninsula dictatorships, is as “naive” about human rights violations in Kuwait as that last Haaretz paragraph seems to be.

Do you know what stateless (Bidun) means in Kuwait? It means you do not exist! You have no access to public education or health care, no employment in the government sector, and no certificates for marriage, divorce, birth, death and no civil identification papers, driving license, passport, and surely no citizenship! Many of those people have been in the country for three generations, some are the sons and daughters of martyrs – people killed during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait – yet they are not Kuwaiti and they have no papers: here.

Canada’s military to establish base in Kuwait in push for global presence: here.

Sri Lankan maid hospitalized after being savagely beaten by her Kuwaiti employer: here.

Crackdown Continues In Bahrain, Bloggers Go On Trial In Emirates: here.

This video is called Chossudovsky: Bahrain killings approved in the White House.

Spare us Bahrain’s sudden ‘concern’ for its Asian expat workers: here.

List of Demolished Mosques by Bahrain regime [chairing @unescoNOW World Heritage Committee session] pictures & videos here.

Bahrain: End Takeover of Lawyers’ Group: here.

Democracy Now! Interview with Toby Jones on Saudi Arabia’s Role in Bahrain and Yemen: here.

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Honk to Support Saudi Women! Here.

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11 thoughts on “Kuwaiti blogger arrested for criticism of Bahraini, Saudi dictatorships

  1. Administrator on June 16, 2011 at 11:19 am said:

    MANAMA, Bahrain: The top rights envoy for the US State Department says Washington is concerned about claims of abuses against detainees arrested in Bahrain’s crackdown against Shiite-led protesters calling for political reforms.
    Even so, Michael Posner told reporters Wednesday that the US still views Bahrain’s Sunni monarchy as an ally and strategic partner, as host of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.
    The comments highlight the US policy quandary over the Gulf island kingdom. The US has denounced violence and allegations of abuses against protesters, but it also urges Bahrain’s leaders and opposition groups to open talks.
    Posner’s visit to Bahrain follows meetings in Washington last week between Bahrain’s crown prince and President Barack Obama.



  2. Administrator on June 16, 2011 at 11:25 am said:


    To our popular masses: Continue to rise up and revolt!
    Revolutionary Socialists of Egypt
    June 13, 2011

    “The continuation of our revolution is being put to a test today. The struggle is wide open. Victory will be an ally of those more organized at the grassroots, trade union and political level.”

    THE GOVERNMENT of the Military Council continued to muzzle the voices and besiege the popular revolution in order to prevent it from developing into a movement to transform the capitalist mode of production into one that meets human needs. To do this, the military council is using autocratic policies toward anyone who opposes it, from judges to liberals. It has restricted freedom to establish parties, tried to circumvent the demand for a new constitution for the country, arrested political activists and passed a law criminalizing some strikes.

    On June 8, officers of the Ministry of Interior, with the support of central security forces arrested 10 peasants, workers and students who were protesting on Kasr Al-Aini Street, and beat them up in front of the People’s Assembly Building. The District Attorney of Qasr al-Nil decided to hold them in custody for four days pending an investigation after accusing them of assaulting a police sergeant, disturbing the public peace and possessing wooden weapons.

    Moreover, the prime minister has stressed that the government will implement articles of the penal code, including articles 86 and 88, which criminalize strikes and disabling production. These articles mandate prison sentences ranging between five and 25 years for violations.

    The military prosecutor had decided the previous week to extend custody of five workers from Petrojet who were accused of illegal protesting. Meanwhile, investigations are being conducted against physicians in many provinces for taking strike action.

    The Council has passed many resolutions clarifying the extent of its allegiance to businessmen and investors. This week alone, the government has backtracked from imposing taxes on capital gains.

    The government has also announced a pathetic and insufficient minimum wage. Moreover, it has concluded agreements with the International Monetary Fund to obtain more loans, and at the same time, it continues its preparations to extend gas exports to the Zionist entity.

    The Egyptian revolution accomplished a lot. It has succeeded in breaking the tyrant Mubarak and opened the door for the popular masses to demand a new society under the banners of justice and equality. But the lords of capital, in alliance with the military junta and the U.S. and major European countries, are terrified by this development, and seek in every way to stop it–sometimes with attempts of containment and at other times with outright repression.

    However, the masses, driven by deep economic crisis and the tremendous confidence generated by the Egyptian revolution, continue to struggle and challenge them. For onethe workers at Beni Suef Cement continue their sit-in for more than a week, teachers continue to protest in front of the Ministry of Education, and the Megatex textile workers in Sadat City have just succeeded in forming a new independent union. At the same time, poor peasants have joined the line of protests–alongside workers, they are a tremendous force that will be hard to stop.

    All political forces aligned to the working class and all salaried workers and poor peasants must organize the widest campaign possible to support and assist this social struggle, confront these autocratic decisions and demand the release of all detained peasants, workers and students: the troops of social revolution to come.

    The continuation of our revolution is being put to a test today. The struggle is wide open. Victory will be an ally of those more organized at the grassroots, trade union and political level.

    Down with the Military Council!
    Long live the struggle of workers and poor peasants!

    Revolutionary Socialists
    June 9, 2011


  3. Desert nomads demand rights

    Kuwait: Police attacked demonstrators demanding citizenship with tear gas and water cannon today, according to a rights activist.

    Taher al-Baghli said police had arrested a number of protesters, most of whom are descendants of desert nomads – considered stateless by the Gulf kingdom.

    The right to vote, work in the public sector and access to free health care are denied to the “stateless” residents.



  4. Three girls in ‘fun’ mode caught naked under ‘Abaya’

    KUWAIT CITY, Jan 22: Police have arrested three girls — a Kuwaiti and two GCC nationals, one of whom is a minor — for wearing no clothes except abayas (the black all covering garment worn by women) at a café in a commercial complex in Salmiya, reports Al-Rai daily.

    A small boy reportedly told his mother that he saw a naked girl in the café and the mother then noticed the three girls and called the Operations Department of the Interior Ministry. The three girls told police that they had consensual sex in an apartment, consumed alcohol and got drunk. The girls added that when they regained their consciousness, they came to the café to have coffee.

    Police made a phone call to the father of the two GCC girls, but he said he could not come to Kuwait as he was busy. The girls were referred to the Criminal Investigations Department.



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