- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Middle Eastern firm’s deal to manage U.S. cargo port raises security concerns
- Bob McDonnell’s defense: Lonely wife developed ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House Republicans unveil bill to speed deportations of border children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
100 Americans trapped in Kuwait over contract snub
Question of the Day
An estimated 100 U.S. citizens are trapped on U.S. military bases in Kuwait, unable to leave the post else face arrest — the victims of a Kuwaiti prime minister's sister-in-law who felt snubbed when a recent contract wrapped without renewal.
In February, the United States' language translation contractor, Global Linguist Solutions, wrapped up business with its Kuwaiti subcontractor, Al Shora. Al Shora, which is operated by the Kuwaiti prime minister's sister-in-law, then denied the transfer of visas for GLS's employees to a different subcontractor — and further reported to authorities that the workers had violated the terms of their visas by skipping work, Newser reported.
Kuwait authorities then issued arrest warrants for the GLS workers, about 100-strong. And now they're stuck on U.S. military bases. Kuwaiti officials also blacklisted the GLS employees for deportation, Stars and Stripes reported. And GLS executives have banned workers from leaving the military posts — since May 31, Newser said.
"If we leave the base, we could be arrested by the Kuwaiti authorities, jailed or deported," said one American trapped on Camp Buehring, in the Newser report. "We cannot see the doctor even for an emergency. ... A lot of us here need to go home. Our families are worried about us. We need to see our kids."
Three who violated the order to stay on post were caught by Kuwaiti authorities earlier this month. Two were jailed; one, deported, Newser said. The Kuwaiti government, meanwhile, is denying knowledge of what's going on.
"It comes back to us being fugitives," a trapped GLS translator said, in Stars and Stripes. "That's our status in the state of Kuwait."
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- Thomas the Tank Engine show is racist, British blogger accuses
- Scott Brown struggles for political traction in New Hampshire Senate race
- Satanists to use Hobby Lobby rule to skirt state abortion laws
- Rush Limbaugh: 'There is no journalism anymore'
- Toronto's Rob Ford takes rehabbed self to kids' playground for political props
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced
- White House says Russia 'losing' war in Ukraine
- McCLAUGHRY: Finish off the "Islamic State" quickly and cheaply
- PRUDEN: When the hangman botches the job
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world