|Published:||Kuwait City, Kuwait|
Al-Qabas, which means “the firebrand”, is a Kuwaiti daily newspaper. It was established in 1972 and is owned by Dar Al-Qabas, a Kuwaiti publishing house that also prints books and periodicals. Waleed Abdul Latif Al Nisf has been the editor-in-chief since 1999, taking over from prominent journalist Mohammed Al-Sager, who gained international recognition for his reporting on politics and human rights. During the Iraqi invasion in 1990, the publication of Al-Qabas was stopped, but was resumed the next year when the fighting ended.
Kuwait, despite being a small nation, has a press that holds a special position in the region because of its relative openness. Kuwaiti media may raise controversial issues that cannot be discussed elsewhere, often relating to its neighbors. Al-Qabas is the leading independent and liberal newspaper in the country. Its reports and columns are often critical of the region's and the Kuwaiti government.
Al-Qabas hosts some of the most respected columnist in Kuwait, such as Abdel Latif al-Duaaij and Dr Ahmad Bishara. In the 1980s, the popular Palestinian journalist and cartoonist Naji Salim Al-Ali worked for Al-Qabas.