: the Firebrand
or the Starbrand
is an Arabic
daily Kuwaiti newspaper and tabloid published by Dar Al Qabas Press Printing Publishing and Distribution Company in Kuwait City
History and Profile
was launched on 22 February 1972.
The founding shareholders of Al Qabas, according to the founding contract as printed in the official gazette "Kuwait Al-Yawm"
are Kuwaiti Sunni merchant families Al-Nusif, Al-Kharafi
, Al-Bahar, Al-Shaya, and Al-Saqer.
The paper is headquartered in Kuwait City.
early days were characterized by Mohammed Al-Sager
, who had been its dynamic editor-in-chief since 1982 until his election in the Kuwait National Assembly
in 1999. With his experience in international finance, Al-Sager had set up an international edition that was published in Paris, London and Marseilles (for the North African market). The paper had maintained the most extensive foreign correspondent staff of any Kuwaiti newspaper with large bureaus in Washington, London, Beirut, Cairo, and Moscow.
After the liberation of Kuwait
, Al Qabas
discontinued its international editions.
During the invasion it moved to London
and was first published there on 2 August 1990.
The daily had a circulation of 120,000 copies before the invasion of Kuwait in 1991.
Its 2001 circulation was 79,000 copies and the paper was the third best selling newspaper in Kuwait.
The paper also began its online edition which had 30,000 weekly hits in 2001.
Political stance and staff
had a critical approach to government of Kuwait
and is a liberal publication.
In April 2012, it published an editorial calling for ending the struggle within the ruling family of Kuwait, Al Sabah
The other significant editors of the daily include Abdel Latif Al Duaaij and Ahmad Bishara.
The Palestinian cartoonist Naji Salim al-Ali
worked for the paper in the 1980s and he was killed in 1987 while working for the London edition of the daily.
Respected Arab figures also contributed to the daily, including Egyptian
novelist Naguib Mahfouz
and Egyptian philosopher Fauad Zakara.
In 2007, Mohammed Al-Sager launched a competing newspaper, Al-Jarida
, and the Al-Sager family subsequently divested their ownership in Al Qabas
to the remaining four families.
In 2019, Al Qabas
launched a premium digital subscription service, producing video content for subscribers. Its flagship show, The Black Box
(Arabic: الصندوق الأسود) featured 32 interviews with controversial former Kuwaiti MP and academic Dr. Abdullah Al-Nafisi
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