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Kuwait is enacting a number of policies to drive away expatriates, starting April 1 with a freeze on work visas, a restriction that employers can only employ Kuwati nationals, and efforts over 10 years to force 1 million of the current 2 million expatriates to leave. That will bring the expatriate population down to parity with Kuwati nationals. If Kuwait, which I have not visited, is anything like Bahrain, which I have, it will indeed be interesting to see nationals doing work. Seems a further case of reactionary idiocy enabled by oil, and hard to imagine that employers will not rebel. (China National News)
The Cyrus Cylinder, one of the British Museum’s most iconic objects and a treasure from ancient Persia is now touring the US, with stops in Washington, D.C., Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, see the official site for details. (The Economist)
China’s state media is putting a full-country press on Apple, the best recap is the tongue-in-check summary, Smash Apple’s incomparable arrogance, from China Economic Review. And it appears that China will maintain control of the choice of Hong Kong’s leader in 2017. (China Economic Review)
Bhutan’s democracy continues to develop with its second parliamentary elections. This is one of my favorite destinations and a must on travelers’ ‘bucket lists’. (The Diplomat)
Delta is in no hurry to bring Virgin Atlantic into SkyTeam, according to public remarks by Delta president Ed Bastian. (Executive Travel)
Radisson is working to improve and refresh its brand in the US. I have become of big fan of their recent Club Carlson promotions and the benefits of their new credit cards. (Travel Weekly)
Eight Reasons Business Travelers Shouldn’t Work on Planes is an infographic that might convince bosses that themselves don’t travel or work on the plane. (Bloomberg Businessweek)