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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 2)

[Image from Bahrain Center for Human Rights.] [Image from Bahrain Center for Human Rights.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Monday night of every week.] 

Regional and International Relations

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia Alastair Crooke argues that the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria needs to be understood in light of Wahhabi ideology.

To really combat terror, end support for Saudi Arabia Owen Jones argues that the United Kingdom will not win the so-called war on terror if it maintains its support of brutal regimes in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.

Islamic State requires Saudi Arabia to rethink its support for extremism Nesrine Malik asserts that the Saudi regime may deny links to the Islamic State, but Western governments can no longer ignore its promotion of extremism.

Iraq and Syria pose Saudi dilemma - failed states or Iran proxies Angus McDowall and William MacLean contend that the victories of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria have put the Saudi royal family in a difficult position.

Qatar seeks to free more U.S. hostages in Syria: source Amena Bakr reports on Qatar’s efforts to free four US hostages held in Syria. 

American released by Syrian militants thanks Qatar, U.S. officials Peter Theo Curtis, who was held by al-Nusra Front for two years, thanks Qatar for its role in his release.

Why is the United Arab Emirates secretly bombing Libya? – video The Guardian publishes an interactive video that explains how the Emirati bombing of Libya reflects new regional rivalries.

Saudi princes visit Qatar as Gulf states try to end rift The Qatari emir meets with the Saudi foreign minister in Doha ahead of a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting to be held in Jeddah.

Gulf states fail to resolve diplomatic rift The Kuwaiti foreign minister announces that the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council made limited progress to end the rift among the six members.

GCC must draw conclusions from harshest crisis: Gargash The Emirati minister of state for foreign affairs stressed the significance of cooperation among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council to ensure security and prosperity.

Excerpts from final communiqué after GCC meeting Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council issue a communiqué following the end of their meeting in Jeddah.

Sandhurst’s sheikhs: Why do so many Gulf royals receive military training in the UK? A news report on the popularity of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, among royals from the Gulf states.

Egypt investigates Morsi over ‘Qatar document leak’ Egypt opens an investigation into allegations that the former president handed over secret files to Qatar.

UAE to provide Egypt‘s petroleum needs at $9bn for 1 year The Egyptian General Petroleum Cooperation announces that the Emirati authorities will provide Egypt with petroleum products for a year.

Reports and Opinions

Barrak’s trial adjourned to October 20 A Kuwaiti court postpones the trial of Musallam al-Barrak, the opposition figure who is charged with insulting the Kuwaiti legal system and abusing the head of the Supreme Judiciary Council.

#BBCtrending: The Kuwaiti satirist arrested for his tweet Abo Asam, a human rights activist, is arrested for tweets considered to be “in contempt of religion.”

Saudi Arabia jails 23 more men for militancy in security crackdown A Saudi court sentences twenty-three men to jail for their roles in militant attacks.

What's behind the spike in Saudi beheadings? A news report on the surge in beheadings in Saudi Arabia during August.

Saudi holds eight suspected of inciting youths to fight abroad: SPA The Saudi authorities arrest eight people in Riyadh on suspicion of urging young men to join fighters in Syria and Iraq.

Saudi king warns of terrorism threat to U.S., Europe The Saudi king asserts that terrorism will reach Europe and the United States unless it is dealt with in the Middle East.

Repression in Bahrain

Bahrain arrests top human rights activist The Bahraini authorities arrest Maryam al-Khawaja upon her arrival in Bahrain to visit her jailed father.

Bahrain upholds 10-year jail term for journalist A Bahraini court upholds the jail sentence of Ahmad Humaidan, who was convicted of attacking a police station in Sitra in 2012.

Bahraini activist in custody over tweet Yacoub Slaiss is remanded in custody for seven days for tweeting that “military personnel received orders” to vote in parliamentary elections.

Crisis in Yemen

The Fall of Amran and the Future of the Islah Party in Yemen Charles Schmitz examines the Houthi rebels’ military advances in Amran.

Yemen: Houthi influence on the rise Hashem Ahelbarra argues that as the Houthi rebels become major power brokers, Sanaa will struggle to control their ongoing protests.

Yemen's rival protesters speak out Peter Salisbury maintains that the increasing power of the Houthi rebels has triggered fears of sectarian violence.

Yemeni president urges rebels to leave Sanaa The Yemeni president calls upon the Houthi leader, Abdulmalik al-Houthi, to withdraw his followers from the capital. 

Call for Houthi civil disobedience in Yemen The Houthi leader urges his supporters to escalate protests, defying an appeal by the United Nations Security Council to end hostilities against the government.

At least ten dead in clashes as Yemen's Houthi rebels try to seize key road Ten men from local militias and the Yemeni army die during clashes with the Houthi rebels who tried to seize a road that links Sanaa to the oil-rich cities.

Several Yemeni soldiers killed in al Qaeda attacks in south Yemen Suspected al-Qa‘ida fighters carry out two suicide car bombings against military posts in Shabwa.

Migrant Workers

MP urges UCL to ‘stamp out’ forced labour on Qatar campus A British member of parliament has written to University College London asking it to “stamp out unacceptable employment practices” at its campus in Qatar.

25 Indians arrested for murder in Kuwait Hundreds of Indian workers in Kuwait appeal to the government to secure the release of twenty-five workers who were arrested on charges of murder.

220,000 Indians granted Saudi visas in one month Habib Toumi reports on the number of Saudi visas granted to Indian domestic helpers and workers in one month.

Human Rights

Bahrain: Joint Letter to King Hamad of Bahrain Regarding Torture Victims The Gulf Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, along with another twelve organizations, urge the Bahraini regime to provide victims of torture with physical and psychological care.

Kuwait: Arrest and detention of blogger and human rights defender Mohammed Al-Ajmi The Gulf Center for Human Rights condemns the decision of the Department of Criminal Investigation to detain al-Ajmi for ten days.

Bahrain: Courageous Human Rights Defender Maryam Al-Khawaja Arrested in Bahrain; Could Face Lengthy Prison Sentence The Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Gulf Center for Human Rights express concern over the Bahraini authorities’ decision to detain Maryam al-Khawaja.

Bahraini photographer Ammar Abdul Rasool, subjected to torture over a photograph he shot The Bahrain Center for Human Rights deplores reports that Ammar Abdul-Rasool is tortured.

Joint-letter to the King of Bahrain Calls for the Release of Bahraini Photographer Ahmed Humaidan The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, along with another nine organizations, urge the Bahraini king to release the photojournalist who was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Bahrain: 600 Detainees On Hunger Strike To Stop Torture In Prison The Bahrain Center for Human Rights reports on the massive hunger strike at the Dry Dock detention center.


Saudi condemns French announcement over ancient Arabic inscriptions The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities criticizes the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for unilaterally announcing the discovery of the oldest Arabic inscriptions. 


الأزمة اليمنية تدخل مرحلة الشروط المتبادلة
A news report on the political deadlock in Yemen following the Houthi rebels’ insistence on bringing down the government. 

اليمن | هادي يدعو إلى مواجهة «الحوثي»... وطنياً
The Yemeni president meets with state officials to discuss solutions to the ongoing crisis in the country. 

اليمن: فشل المفاوضات بين الحكومة والحوثي
A member of the Houthi delegate announces that the negotiation with the government has failed. 

اليمن | الحوثي: لن ندخل في صفقات على حساب الشعب
The Houthi rebels assert that they will not accept any political compromise at the expense of the people. 

صنعاء: تظاهرتان للحوثيين وأنصار الحكومة
Thousands of Houthi loyalists march in northern Sanaa demanding the fall of the government while a pro-government demonstration takes place in the west of the capital. 

عدن: قتيل من «الحراك» برصاص قوات الأمن
Clashes between pro-government demonstrators and members of the Southern Movement leave one person dead. 

اليمن | مجلس الأمن يهدّد الحوثيين بـ«تدابير عقابية»
The United Nations Security Council threatens to impose sanctions on the Houthi rebels. 

مقتل 3 متمردين في مواجهات في اليمن
Three al-Qa‘ida suspects die in clashes with government troops in Hadramawt last week. 

"والله لنمحيها": ماذا ستفعل السعودية؟
Khalil Harb analyzes Saudi Arabia’s reaction to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria. 

«داعش»: الولادة السعودية والبيئة المؤسسة
Mohammed al-Fateh describes Saudi Arabia as the founding platform of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.

البحرين: تظاهرة ضد التجنيس
Thousands of Bahrainis demonstrate in al-Diyya to protest the authorities’ nationalization of foreigners. 

البحرين: الخواجة يضرب عن الطعام مجدداً والسلطات تعتقل ابنته
The Bahraini activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, starts an open hunger strike while the Bahraini authorities arrest his daughter, Maryam, upon her arrival in Bahrain to visit him. 

لاردّ إماراتياً على اتهامها بقصف ليبيا
The United Arab Emirates remains silent after US officials accused it of bombing Libya. 

تراجع أميركي عن اتهام مصر والإمارات بمهاجمة ليبيا
The United States takes back its accusations that Egypt and the United Arab Emirates bombed Libya recently. 

أمير قطر يستقبل وزير الخارجية السعودي
The Qatari emir meets with the Saudi foreign minister in Doha ahead of a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting to be held in Jeddah. 

دول الخليج تحلّ خلافاتها مع قطر
The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council are meeting in Jeddah to reconcile the differences between the GCC members and Qatar. 

الحوار السعودي - الإيراني: اقتراب تكتيكي
Mustafa al-Labbad discuses the recent Saudi-Iranian rapprochement.  

السعودية: توقيف محرّضين على الانضمام للمتشددين
Saudi authorities arrest eight people in Riyadh on suspicion of urging young men to join fighters in Syria and Iraq.

قطر تعمل للإفراج عن أميركيين
Qatar is attempting to secure the release of four US hostages held in Syria. 

الملك السعودي: خطر الإرهاب سيمتد إلى أميركا وأوروبا
The Saudi king warns that the threat of terrorism can reach Europe and the United States.

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