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The Arab Spring Just Got Serious Again - Kuwait Is Burning

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Same stuff... different country. Once again someone (former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak) exposed the corruption among the elites (revealed documents that allegedly prove billions of illicit financial transfers were made to senior officials, including judges) and the leaders (Kuwait officials) decided he should be arrested and charged with slander. This has caused uproar among the people as hundreds of protesters rallied overnight in support of al-Barrack, marching from his house to the jail chanting: "The people want to cleanse the judiciary!" The police in the oil-rich nation of Kuwait used tear gas and stun grenades early Thursday to disperse the protesters. 


As The Daily Star reports,

Kuwaiti police fired teargas and stun grenades to disperse an opposition rally demanding the release of prominent dissident Mussallam al-Barrak, activists said Thursday.


The public prosecutor Wednesday ordered Barrak, a former MP, to be held for 10 days after he was questioned for allegedly insulting the judiciary.


The court turned down Thursday a petition filed by Barrak's lawyers to release him until his trial, defense lawyer Thamer al-Jadaei wrote on his Twitter account.


The court set a July 7 date to start hearing the case against Barrak, who is charged with insulting the supreme judicial council and slander against its chairman.


Soon after the court's rejection, the opposition went into an emergency meeting to decide on further action.


Thousands of people gathered at Barrak's residence southwest of Kuwait City Wednesday night and marched on the nearby jail where the former opposition leader was detained, the activists said.


Police intervened when hundreds of protesters reached the prison, firing teargas and stun grenades to disperse them. There were no reports of any casualties.


Smaller protests were also reportedly staged in other parts of the oil-rich Gulf state.


The opposition leader is accused of slandering and insulting the supreme judicial council and its chairman, Faisal al-Marshed, in remarks made at a public rally on June 10.


Opposition groups strongly criticized the legal action against him as unlawful and "politically motivated."


At the rally, Barrak charged that former senior officials, including ruling family members, had stolen tens of billions of dollars from public funds and engaged in money laundering.


He also criticized the judiciary.


The scandal was later linked to claims that the same officials were seen in video footage plotting a coup.


Those allegations were made in a lawsuit filed last month by Sheikh Ahmad Fahad al-Sabah, a senior ruling family member and former energy minister.


Sabah is scheduled to be questioned Thursday by the public prosecutor as a witness.


Most opposition groups are not represented in parliament after having boycotted a July 2013 election in protest at Kuwait's amended electoral law.

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As we have noted previously, uprising against government corruption is a global trend and in the case of Kuwait (which is oil-rich, the last friendly place to US in the Middle East, and has the highest per capita Twitter usage on the planet), we suspect this 'spring' is far from over.

Things do not look good...

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Of course now all we have to is wait for the US condemnation for this to really get going...

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Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:38 | 4923413 syntaxterror
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al-Barrak! Great fucking name.

Any al-Barrak Hussein Obama comments from the golf course on these developments?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:40 | 4923435 Thought Processor
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Curruption in the Middle East.  Never would've guessed that one.



Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:42 | 4923441 knukles
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Yeah, but it's OK for butt boning.


Many's Mo and Crack!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:50 | 4923473 RafterManFMJ
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This is it.
The Apocalypse
I feel it in my bones; welcome to the new age, to the new age!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:07 | 4923523 ZerOhead
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"Of course now all we have to is wait for the US condemnation for this to really get going..."

Whose side are we on this time? I can't Kuwait to find out...

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:43 | 4923605 Manthong
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Golly.. guy on a ladder in the open with a rifle?

Is there something about tactics I missed along the line?

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:02 | 4923640 NuckingFuts
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Guy? I thought those were all chicks in white dresses . My bad I gusset, carry on.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:05 | 4923649 johngaltfla
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Not the first major protest. The Bedouins have been demanding rights only afforded to "true" Kuwaitis and the Royals have been reluctant to grant any further rights of citizenship. Of course everyone forgets that a large percentage of the "bedos" are in fact Iranian Shiites infiltrating under the guise of nomads to access Kuwaiti citizenship which then gives them passage into Eastern Saudi Arabia.

Where the real show is about to begin again.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 00:16 | 4923919 svayambhu108
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Nobody knows what is the plan after Saudi Arabia peaks, maybe invassion, maybe ISIS is not ment for Iraq.




Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:25 | 4924019 Buck Johnson
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I know, Eastern Saudi Arabia is where most of the oil comes from and where the major refinery's are.  But it's also where most (over 70%) of the population is Shia.  You correct, the fun will begin soon in Saudi Arabia and it won't be nice.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:03 | 4924238 Serfs Up
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The plan after Saudi peak?

The plan is called 'de-population'

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:04 | 4923647 Kprime
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he has the only registered gun in the country

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:06 | 4923653 Sven Sikztu
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Those are Gamo air rifles! shit's gettin' vicious- .177 caliber pellet vicious!!

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:46 | 4924040 AUD
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.17 HMR doesn't have a lot of stopping power either, unless you're a fucking good shot.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:56 | 4924363 G.O.O.D
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Bullshit, the .17 kills things Dead Right There. I hunt with an HMR and coyotes are bang flops. Use the 20 grain XTP hollow point bullet. They kill better than they should. One in the noggin prolly kill about anything on earth.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:45 | 4924347 Rakshas
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I was thinking it looked like a nitro venom......... all good fun until some loses an eye ........ makes quick work of a coon though....... 

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:07 | 4923657 BringOnTheAsteroid
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He was originally using an extension ladder but couldn't balance long enough to take aim.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:41 | 4923713 Thanatos
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Listen. Got to have good pictures not good tactics.

It's another Information/Influence Media Operation.

It's all the rage now (again) as a way to wage "special warfare" in all the important military planning shops.

By now it's pretty clear that the over-arching theme is the destabilization of the entire Old Ottoman Empire.

What remains unclear is the motive for the near programmatic activity we have witnessed over the last several years.

Cui Bono?

We'll See.

Or Maybe as RafterMan says, it's the start of Apocalypse?

I do think the whole thing is coming down in such a way or tempo that it is escaping the control of its planners.

I also think that this Kuwait incident is a bunch of hype and I guarantee the Ferrari dealerships are not under threat or duress in any way.

It happened, no doubt. Its Not related to the Caliphate scamola (IS, ISIS, ISIL, ???) or Syria or Yemen or any of the other DE-stabilized countries.

It's some local issue, unrelated to the overarching theme of late in the ME/MENA/Africa.

Kuwait isn't burning, it's just a couple of propane cans are cooking off in a few dumpsters.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:10 | 4923806 Never One Roach
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I'm guessing that's Bullish? Good for a 50 point rise on the S&P Monday am.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:06 | 4923993 Kassandra
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Hmm..yeah, no one in any of the pics seem all that freaked out about anything..yet.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:33 | 4923731 Manthong
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It looks to me like a remake of "Night of the Living Dead" except for the white moo-moo's.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:32 | 4924260 TheReplacement
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Looks like a pellet gun.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:09 | 4924557 therover
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When the things you are shooting are all dressed in white and have no means to retaliate, tactics are not needed.

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:38 | 4924630 QQQBall
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Which side? Both of course.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:59 | 4923637 Thanatos
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Settle Down RafterMan.

It's not gonna be the end of the World!

Just the end of us.

Not that exiting.

Have you considered that it may be fukushima you feel in the bones?

Just saying...

Have an intentially excellent 4th of July too.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:14 | 4923673 BringOnTheAsteroid
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It's not a Hollywood movie buddy that you can switch off and then turn into bed. I don't think you've really thought this through. Wake up tomorrow to full blown civil war in the US (which is coming) and see how exciting you think it is then. Many millions of people are going to die the coming collapse. One reason is that our cities are so highly geared to a perfect food distribution system that any disruption will get ugly. Our lives are so highly geared to medication that any disruption in the supply of these will get ugly. Just imagine LA riots spreads across multiple cities, and you're in the car in the middle of the city when things finally crack. Don't panic though and stall your car, the mob will have you out and on the ground before you can say whoo-hoo.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:49 | 4923619 WillyGroper
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I'd betcha on a ratio it's less than the USSA.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:50 | 4923772 JackT
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I think firing from the middle of the street on a ladder is new..no?

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 09:17 | 4924399 Thanatos
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Nahhh... The Urbane have used ladders as elevated firing platforms as long as ladders have existed.



In urban operations the value of a good ladder cannot be overstated.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:00 | 4923504 Deathrips
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The 500k proxy setters are fucking the whole planet. Fodder greases the tread.



Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:38 | 4923599 Greenskeeper_Carl
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shame about them, I always liked the kuwaitis. Never had a negative experience in their country. back in a different time i guess. always very nice to me. plus, i feel like i am ready to drive in F1 just after driving down their highways. good times.


Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:41 | 4924269 RazvanM
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You rasist!

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:22 | 4923561 Jack Burton
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Commenting from the golf course? Seems Obama really is the Black Bush, for Bush made many an important comment from the links. In fact, since he refused to speak in front of the public, and confined his speeches to military venues, the links was the only place he could be cornered for comments. As I keep saying, AMerica is a one party state Bush/Obama both belong to the same corrupt party of greed.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:33 | 4923593 Spastica Rex
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Black Bush... mmmmm...

I like Irish whiskey.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:35 | 4923734 CrashisOptimistic
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Don't quite know why this article is here.

There is a simple selection criterion for Arab articles.

Does the matter slow oil flow?  Yes.  Print it.  No, trash it.

If oil flow out of Burgan is uninterrupted as of this moment, this is not a story.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:37 | 4923417 LetThemEatRand
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I'm losing track of which President to blame.  I think I'll just cut out the middle man, and go with the Fed and the bankers who own it, and who also own and control the ruling families in Kuwait.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 20:40 | 4923434 NYPoke
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Good plan.  Bankers are even overriding Ramadan this time.  I don't think this is supposed to happen for a few more weeks.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:29 | 4923582 Jack Burton
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Kuwait only exists because that land is where the first good oil wells were drilled. Iraq owned them, Britain attacked and ruled Iraq. Before world war one Britain's Royal Navy was shifting from coal to oil, Iraq had oil and Britain created Kuwait by stealing it from Iraq and putting loyal shieks in charge. A new nation was created in order to steal iraq's oil for Britain. History is a bitch, because self righteous cunts like Cameron in Britain are heirs to this theft but talk like innocent protectors of freedom and nations borders.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 21:42 | 4923592 LetThemEatRand
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I say we send Prince Harry in there with some drunken college buddies to restore calm.   He earned and/or inherited that right.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:25 | 4923707 Escrava Isaura
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Prince Harry and drunk buddies…. Awesome!

Glad to see some ‘Critical Thinking’ here

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:01 | 4923641 magnetosphere
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Fri, 07/04/2014 - 01:53 | 4924050 AUD
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Kuwait was a British protectorate after Iraq got its 'independence'. You will also find that sometime in the late 1950's or early '60's, Iraq claimed Kuwait as a Iraqi provence & was making moves to overun it, just as it did in 1990. British troops were dispatched to Kuwait, since it was a Britsh protectorate. 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:34 | 4924505 magnetosphere
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except kuwait was a british protectorate from 1899, well before the lucky discovery of oil in persia in 1908.  the reason was to protect indian ocean shipping lanes from german, ottoman, and russian influence.  germany was building railways thru turkey in the 1890's.

his narrative is interesting, but completely made up and bears no relation to reality

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:20 | 4923695 logicalman
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You have obviously read a decent amount of history.

Take a look at David Irving's stuff regarding Winston Churchill. You will, for sure, find it interesting.

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:56 | 4923781 FeralSerf
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First it's St. Winston on the chopping block. Can St. Maggie and St. Ron be far behind?

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Fri, 07/04/2014 - 08:22 | 4924323 TheReplacement
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Here is a choice.  You can have Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, Hitler, or Tojo.  Suddenly Churchill doesn't look so bad.  Welcome to reality.  Reality requires hard choices. 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:14 | 4924568 therover
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Stalin...he had great hair. 

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 14:12 | 4924970 Paveway IV
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+1 for therover

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:47 | 4924648 FeralSerf
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Wrong! Even in that group of mass murderers Churchill looks bad, especially without his western mainstream media cover.

"Churchill is responsible for the Bengali Holocaust, the man-made 1942-1945 Bengal Famine in which 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death by the British for strategic reasons in Bengal, Bihar , Assam and Orissa."


Churchill is also responsible for the terror fire bombings of Dresden in 1944.


Thu, 07/03/2014 - 23:35 | 4923849 Urban Redneck
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It's not all bad, Kuwait & Saudi Arabia gave the world the first JDA. Can you imagine how many more fucking oil wars the US would have fought if no one had ever figured out how to drill together for oil in peace?

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