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Territory in the northeast Arabian Peninsula, ruled since 1961 by the Dawlat al-Kuwait

Kuwait (Arabic: الكويت‎ al-Kuwait), officially the *State of Kuwait (Arabic: دولة الكويت‎ Dawlat al-Kuwait), is a country in Western Asia. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf, it shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. As of 2016, Kuwait has a population of 4.2 million people; 1.3 million are Kuwaitis and 2.9 million are expatriates. Expatriates account for 70% of the population.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 29.5° N — Longitude: 45.75° E

Area: 17,820 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: KW

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 6.34, Rank: 121, Personal Freedom: 6.07, Economic Freedom: 6.72
Kuwait | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
2016: Status: Partly Free, Aggregate Score: 35, Political Rights: 5, Civil Liberties: 5
While Kuwait's often contentious parliamentary politics remained stable in 2015, the government intensified its crackdown on opposition figures and those most critical of the regime. Prominent dissidents, including former parliamentarian Musallam al-Barak and activist Saleh al-Saeed, were sentenced to prison during the year over their criticism of the government. Others, such as legislator Abdulhamid Dahsti, were threatened with prosecution. The authorities also continued harassing critical media, including the newspaper Al-Watan and a number of associated entities.
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.14, Rank: 71


Why the War? The Kuwait Connection, by Murray N. Rothbard, The Rothbard-Rockwell Report, May 1991
Describes the connections between the rulers of Kuwait, Henry Kissinger, the Rockefellers and various corporate and federal officials
The Sabahklatura that runs the Kuwait government is immensely wealthy, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, derived from tax/'royalty' loot extracted from oil producers simply because the Sabah tribe claims 'sovereignty' over that valuable chunk of desert real estate. The Sabah tribe has no legitimate claim to the oil revenue; it did nothing to homestead or mix its labor or any other resource with the crude oil.
Related Topic: Gulf War

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Kuwait" as of 26 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.