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


Kuwait - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Kuwait, officially the State of Kuwait (Arabic: دولة الكويت‎, Dawlat al-Kuwayt) is a sovereign Arab state situated in the north-east of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south at Khafji, and Iraq to the north at Basra. It lies on the north-western shore of the Persian Gulf. The name Kuwait is derived from the Arabic أكوات ākwāt, the plural of كوت kūt, meaning a fortress built near water. The country covers an area of 17,820 square kilometers and has a population of about 3.5 million. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.41, Rank: 111, Personal Freedom: 5.67, Economic Freedom: 7.14, Democracy Index: 3.84
Kuwait | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
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 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