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  • Reshaping the Welfare State

    Despite its aim to become a world-class financial and commercial center, the Arab Gulf country remains dependent on oil for about 94% of its income. The government has proposed a four-year reform program to promote the private sector and reduce subsidies on fuel, electricity and water, while increasing charges for public services, many of which are free for Kuwaiti nationals. A new law on foreign ...

  • Clash in Sabah Testifies to Colonialism's Lingering Legacy

    The East Malaysian state of Sabah is only an hour by boat from the nearest island in the Philippines, and is not heavily guarded by the Malaysian armed forces, so there was no one to intercept the more than 200 armed Filipino men who landed at the coastal village of Tanduo on Feb 9. They occupied Tanduo and declared that they were the Royal Army of the Sulu Sultanate. In the Philippines, Jamalul...

  • Nimble Feet Moving On

    How dull would Washington be without the impossibly blond and beautiful Rima al-Sabah, wife of Kuwaiti Ambassador Sheikh Salem al- Sabah? No one entertains like Rima. No one says "no" to Rima.

  • Hostess Casts Best of District Gathering

    If blond and beautiful Rima Sabah, wife of Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Sabah, ever wants to quit her day job, she would make an excellent casting director for Hollywood movies about Washington. Especially Washington party scenes. No one else seems to get just the right mix, and her penchant for "mixing it up" has won her kudos as the modern-day Perle Mesta. She's better than Perle Mesta,&qu...

  • 'Arnold Man' Lifts Hopes of Iraqi Bodybuilder

    To Sabah Taleb Mehdi, who suffered under Saddam Hussein's brutal rule, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a champion of democracy. Mr. Mehdi is the owner of Arnold Classic, Baghdad's only professional bodybuilding gym. Now that Iraqis are gearing up to hold their first real elections, the chubby, smiling ex- bodybuilding champ is hoping for a candidate just like "the Arnold man.

  • Anthony Williams Feted at Kuwait Embassy

    It is always spectacular when Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife, Rima, entertain, especially when the candles are flickering, lobster is on the plate, and le tout Washington is there in black tie. They bring so many different circles together," Mayor Anthony A. Williams told the assembled crowd Wednesday at the Al-Sabahs' dinner celebrating his retirement from office. Moments...

  • Woman of 'Reason' Celebrated

    All of Washington is here," exulted Rima al-Sabah as she greeted the likes of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and actress Lynda Carter Altman amid the mosaicized splendor of the Kuwaiti Embassy residence Wednesday night. "Not everyone, just our best friends," her beaming husband, Ambassador Sheik Salem al-Sabah, averred as Motion Picture...

  • Healing for Africa Prime Mission at Dinner

    I came by to say 'hi.' " A foreign envoy can hear no sweeter words, especially when they are uttered in his own home by the president of the United States. A diplomatic "coup sans pareil" to be sure, and Kuwaiti Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah could hardly be faulted for beaming as he escorted the "special good friend" of his nation to the podium at the Kuwait-America...

  • Kuwaiti Prime Minister Calls for Political Ethics

    KUWAIT CITY, May 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah called on all parties to adhere to the Amir's directives to respect the Constitution and the laws for the best interest of the country. The premier's remarks were made in an exclusive interview with the Arabic daily newspaper Al-Seyassah; the interview also...

  • Political Rumblings

    SABAH politics has always been characterised by volatility. This has been the case since the early days of independence in the mid- 1960s under the- then Chief Minister Tun Datu Mustapha Harun right up to present times. A change of ruling party or government can take place quite unpredictably and quickly, and as frequently as it is politically convenient for politicians representing various...

  • Nearing 80, Joe Sabah still motivates.

    ...Sabah told me he's been on talk-radio shows 704 times and typically parlays each appearance into sales of $300 to $400 for his book, "How to Get the Job You Really Want and Get Employers to Call You." . "My mother kept asking me, 'When are you going to ...

  • Whither Good Corporate Governance?

    While the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional sees its grip on Sarawak loosen in the recent state election, the Sime Darby merger is being investigated for insider trading. What has happened to credibility and transparency? IN SPITE of the state-based Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) successfully retaining power in the April 16 state election, the rolling effect of the 2008 political tsunami continues.

  • Chronology-Afghanistan/Algeria/Bahrain/Egypt/Iran/Iraq/Israel/Jordan/Kuwait/Lebanon/Libya/Mauritania/Morocco/Oman/Pakistan/Qatar/Saudi Arabia/Sudan/Syria/Tunisia/Turkey/United Arab Emirates/Yemen

    Following an offensive, which included NATO air strikes, launched by Afghan and international forces over four days, 29 Taliban militants were confirmed dead in Baghlan province. [Al-Arabiya, 6/14] June 23: US President Barack Obama dismissed commander of multinational forces in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal after he made critical comments about senior administration officials that...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry Remarks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah After Their Meeting

    ..., frankly, I think that's a mistaken report that may come from the fact that I intend to, just for logistical purposes, be based out of Jordan, and I will go back and forth to Israel a couple of times. But those aren't three-way, and I don't know of any plans to do that. I will be meeting with various officials from both countries during the time that I'm there. With respect to the question of the ...

  • The Golden Age of Arab Music

    The period from the 1920s to the 1950s is considered the "golden age" of Egyptian cinema, but it was also a golden age of song in many parts of the Arab world - in particular, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. Many of these countries' greatest singers and composers reached unprecedented heights of artistry and stardom throughout these years. The beloved diva Um Kulthoum and Mohammad Abdel...

  • Easing the Pain ; Wife of Envoy Uses Her 'Unique Position' to Raise Millions in Funds to Help Women, Children

    One of Washington's most powerful women is a child of war who today is promoting peace, using her high-profile status to raise millions of dollars to help resettle refugees, fight malaria, build schools and fund hospitals for children. I'm in a unique position where I can make a difference in the lives of women and children, and it just feels right," said Sheikha Rima al-Sabah, the wife of...

  • Kuwait's crossroads: Islamists and American power imperil the Gulf's freest state.

    ...Elections also are free. Undersecretary of Information Salman Sabah al-Salem al-Homoud al-Sabah touts Kuwait's "long practice of democracy." The 16-member cabinet is ... available just for living? Faisal Hamad al-Ayyar, vice chairman of Kipco, told the Financial Times, "The government takes care of you from birth to death; even the rubbing when you die is by the ...

  • Arab Drive for Reform Shifting to Slow Lane

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - On a recent blustery night, Kuwait's own Arab Spring was playing out on a quiet road of villas and tall palms. There a group of protesters gathered to recite a speech - one after the other, word for word - that accused Kuwait's ruler, of suppressing dissent. The speech had been delivered last year by Musallam al-Barrack, then a parliament member, and had earned him a ...

  • Kuwait Prime Minister Nasser Previews Development Plan, Vows to Reduce Bureaucracy

    KUWAIT CITY, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah announced that the Kuwait development plan is moving ahead with full speed and he has vowed to reduce any bureaucracy that may be causing delays to the project. Sheikh Nasser told the Arab Times on August 11 that he is aware the Kuwaiti citizens are frustrated with arguments and lack of...

  • Rural Development

    Hundreds of kilometres of new roads are to be funded under the GTP across Sabah. While this augurs well for the state, the highest standards need to be maintained. WHEN IT comes to East Malaysia, go back in time, and you find that the economy of Sabah and Sarawak has long depended on the ability of its inhabitants to transport what is in the interior to the coast, from where it could then be sold ...

  • Good Week/Bad Week

    . . . for New Times publisher Art Zimmer, who sold three new Zimmer Golden Spirit motorcars this week, including two to Sheikh Nasser-Mahamed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, the prime minister of Kuwait. And once again, Zimmer has sold out his Cruizin' Thru the 50's and 60's III musical revue, slated for this month at the New Tunes Theater on the State Fairgrounds. We say new ascots all around!

  • 'I lost my head in Borneo': tourism and the refashioning of the headhunting narrative in Sabah, Malaysia.

    ...For while Monsopiad Cultural Village, and the tourism industry in Sabah in general, make use of--and at times exaggerate--aspects of the state's cultures that are deemed potentially embarrassing externally (e.g. headhunting), what they also seem interested in communicating is that it is these very aspects ...

  • Surviving the Odds

    TEH SOON SENG IS A survivor. His shrewdness and tenacity in taking on adversity have been demonstrated many times before. First was in the early 90s when his company, Aokam Perdana Bhd, suffered a run on its stock following a damaging analyst report. Phileo Peregrine Securities had, in April 1993, claimed that Aokam's market price of RM13.30 was grossly overvalued. It said that since the key to...

  • Riding On Kk's Real Estate Boom

    Thanks to its tourism lure, Kota Kinabalu has charmed many foreign visitors as a renowned gateway to Borneo. Although not as robust as its tourism counterpart, KK's real estate sector is playing catch-up. Cheah Chor Sooi examines this positive development from the lenses of a Klang Valley developer who sees bright prospects in the capital of the `Land Below the Wind'. The fact that Kota Kinabalu (...

  • October Deadliest Month for Iraqis

    BAGHDAD, Iraq -- More Iraqi civilians were killed in October than in any month since the U.S. invasion in 2003, a report released by the United Nations on Wednesday said, a rise that underscored the growing cost of Iraq's deepening sectarian war. According to the report, 3,709 Iraqis were killed in October, up slightly from the previous high in July, and an increase of about 11 percent from the...