ISIS, Kuwait news, and misbehaving Americans

The past few days our news (morning, afternoon, and evening) have consisted of endless reports of ISIS, war, invasion, and murder. Of course we’re getting the glorified ‘Hollywood’ style reporting. The type which kept my mother worried for years — even while I lived I Abu Dhabi. So I decided the best place to get something resembling reality would be via the Kuwait newspapers I keep up with regularly. (We do travel back and forth a number of times a year, as well as having family, a home, and businesses there — keeping up with Kuwait is still an important part of our lives.) Fortunately, and as expected, I discovered there’s no media frenzy taking place in Kuwait regarding ISIS. If anything it’s only mentioned a couple of times. Desert Girl did an awesome post about it as well and she’s far more interesting than the local newspapers.


What I did find quite interesting this morning were the number of articles regarding Americans and their criminal behavior in Kuwait. Some are about a month old, but I haven’t kept up with the crime section lately as it reads more like a trashy tabloid. However, ‘US juvenile rapes teen‘ did catch my attention. Followed by the drunk American story and the American threatening to kill his wife. Not that Americans committing crimes is a new thing, but it seems more prevalent in Kuwait now as compared to a number of years ago.

C’mon, people, if it’s a crime in America you know it’s a crime in Kuwait. Why run the risk of facing a judicial system you know nothing about in a country where the official language is probably one you don’t speak?

6 thoughts on “ISIS, Kuwait news, and misbehaving Americans

  1. Hey!!! Thanks for the mention. I really haven’t heard a lot about ISIS in Kuwait. But then again, on August 1, 1990, not a lot was mentioned about a build-up of Iraqi troops on the Kuwait border in Abdali. We jhave a LOT more social media now than we did then, so I’m piecing together information from what I’ve been reading/hearing.

    I did see some of the stories about Americans lately in the news. Shocking! What were they thinking?!

    • It’s interesting how social media replaces reliable new sources sometimes. Especially on that side of the world. I find a lot more people use Twitter/Instagram there than they do here.

      Years ago when I did cultural diversity courses for new hires in Kuwait I always warned them of particular laws — especially laws against drugs since most of our new hires appeared to have just been released from prison. Regardless of the warnings we inevitably had one (or more) who would end up in jail within the first few months of arriving in country. One guy (bus driver) even stopped picking up employees for work (calling in sick) but was out using the company bus to deal drugs all over Kuwait. Craaaazy.

  2. actually following that paper is fullly a flaw on your part as a us soldier in the area the kuwait newspaper trys to stay out of it all and not be involved the one on posts is a little different but by first hand they have recruited cab drivers and others to nab soldiers in the area and three bombs have been defused

    • Thanks for your comments. However, this was posted about 3 months ago. Also, since you’ve refuted the claims of one source it would be nice if you would cite the source of your claims. Unless, of course, this is your personal experience.

      Wishing you all the best. Stay safe.

  3. agan i do not know what the news in the us is reporting as i do not watch it cause it is full of scares and partial truths and exaggerations but i also know whats going on here and not by news or reporters

  4. Hello, id like to comment on the rise of crime in Kuwait on the American expat side. I used to work in Kuwait on arifjan as a contractor. When the Iraq war first started to the end of the “surge”, the majority of Americans working in Kuwait for the army were older, middle aged males. Once the surge ended, all the rape artist, dirtball companies, (i.e. itt, kbr, csa, DynCorp, ect.) started to recruit Americans in areas with heavy black populations. After that, the floodgates opened for problems with crime, especially drugs. Black americans are the reason why crime has risen so high. They bring their thug, “I can do whatever I want because im black” mentality to Kuwait and get arrested. If the Kuwait government had some forsight, they would ban all black americans from Kuwait that belong to any ngo. Only then will crime drop. Oh, f.y.i., the bus driver selling drugs mentioned above is eddie, and he is black.

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