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  1. Antony Goddard (@d4maths) at |

    Sultan Al Qassemi mentions Kuwait as the most democratic Gulf State and also its proximity to Iraq. Of course Kuwait was occupied by the Iraqi army for several months in 1990-91. The Al-Sabah family decamped to Taif.
    This had to be an extremely traumatic experience for many Kuwaitis and maybe a kick-start for civil society movements which organised survival and resistance during occupation.

    Another point I would like to make is that pre-civil war Lebanon was a great media center for the Arab World. Lebanon lost its status as a publishing center in the 1970s, before many of the population of Gulf states were even born.

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