Arab Spring

Case against activists threatens Kuwait's political openness

In Kuwait, activists have been gathering nightly to peacefully demonstrate against their government — something that elsewhere in the Arabian Peninsula would see protesters tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and sentenced to prison.

The rallies, just across the street from Kuwait's National Assembly, show the unique political system in this tiny, oil-rich nation, where its emir rules absolutely but lawmakers and citizens can criticize officials and call them to account.

Those demonstrating warn that system is now at risk with a pending court case against dozens of politicians, activists and others stemming from the country's 2011 Arab Spring protests.

While being...