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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 2)

[Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, a prisoner of conscience and a member of the Bahrain 13. Image from the Gulf Center for Human Rights.] [Dr. Abduljalil Al-Singace, a prisoner of conscience and a member of the Bahrain 13. Image from the Gulf 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 

Drone strike kills five in al Qaeda stronghold in Yemen: residents A US drone strike kills five people suspected of belonging to al-Qa‘ida in Yemen.

Religious eugenics: How Saudi Arabia is sponsoring a frightening new movement in the ME Catherine Shakdam argues that Saudi Arabia aims to destroy any form of religious pluralism in the Middle East.

I am unjustly imprisoned in the UAE – why won’t the UK government help me? Ahmed Zeidan, who has been in jail in the United Arab Emirates since 2013, writes about his case.

Reports and Opinions

Saudi Arabia holding main suspect in 1996 Khobar Towers bombing: report Saudi authorities arrest the main suspect in the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers residence at a US military base.

Saudi Arabia executes 175 people in a year – Amnesty A news report on the number of executions in Saudi Arabia during the last year.

Shots fired at Saudi police patrol in Jeddah Unknown assailants opened fire on a police patrol in Jeddah last week.

Deadly Saudi Arabia fire at Aramco complex in Khobar A fire at a residential complex in Saudi Arabia left eleven people dead.

Qatar Airways will no longer sack cabin crew who become pregnant or marry Qatar Airways reacts to pressure and will relax its policy which banned crew from becoming pregnant or marrying within the first five years. 

Repression in Bahrain

Bahrain says holding former MP on charges of financing militants Bahrain detained a former member of parliament on charges of financing militants.

Top Bahraini Student Goes to Jail Instead of Medical School A news report on Mustafa Mohammed Ismael, who was arrested and charged with “illegal gathering.”

Crisis in Yemen

4,500 killed in Yemen in 150 Days of Saudi-led bombing A news article on the death toll of the Saudi aggression on Yemen during the last five months.

Yemeni government says to mount battle for Sanaa within eight weeks The Riyadh-based Yemeni government intends to launch the battle for Sanaa within two months.

Saudi military intercepts Scud missile fired by Yemeni forces Yemeni army units allied to the Houthis fired a ballistic missile toward southern Saudi Arabia.

Red Cross stops work in Yemen's Aden after raid The International Committee of the Red Cross temporarily suspends its activities in Aden.

Houthi rockets kill 14 civilians in Yemen's Taiz: residents Rockets fired by the Houthis in Taiz killed fourteen civilians, most of them children.

Realignment of Yemen's identity politics Afrah Nasser argues that a reconfiguration of power and identities is taking place in Yemen.

Yemen air strike kills 31 in Hajjah province An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed thirty-one people in Hajjah.


Al-Jazeera trial: Egypt gives journalists three-year sentence An Egyptian court sentences three Al Jazeera journalists to three years in jail on charges of “spreading false news.”

Egypt al-Jazeera verdict 'wrong on so many levels' Peter Greste describes the jail verdict as “wrong on so many levels.”

World reacts to Al Jazeera journalists' jail sentences Hamza Mohamed reports on the reactions of governments, news groups, and the general public to the jail verdict.


Saudi Arabia sees Mers deaths surge Saudi Arabia announced four more deaths from Mers, bringing the number of deaths in the past week to seventeen.

Human Rights

Bahrain: Opposition Leader’s Trial Grossly Unfair Human Rights Watch expresses concern over Sheikh Ali Salman’s trial.

UAE: Reveal Whereabouts of Academic Human Rights Watch calls upon the Emirati authorities to reveal the whereabouts of Nasser bin Ghaith.

Urgent Appeal: Bahrain: Release Prisoner of Conscience Dr Abduljalil Al-Singace as Hunger Strike Reaches 160th Day The Gulf Center for Human Rights urges the Bahraini authorities to immediately release Abduljalil al-Singace.

Update: Oman: Internal Security Service arrest human rights defender and release four others The Bahrain Center for Human Rights reports on the release of three human rights activists, and the arrest of Khalid al-Nawafli in Oman. 



محادثات مسقط فشلت... واليمن نحو الخيارات الاستراتيجية
A news report on the failure of Yemeni negotiations in Muscat. 

«أنصار الله» في الداخل السعودي: لا سقف للتصعيد
Ali Jahiz writes on the escalation in the war in Yemen after the failure of negotiations in Muscat. 

المستنقع: كيف سيكسر اليمن ظهر الخليج
Amer Mohsen describes Yemen as the quagmire that will break the back of the Gulf states.

«التحالف» يصرّ على النكران: رايات «القاعدة» تـــظلّل عدن
A news report on the increasing power of al-Qa’ida in Aden. 

لماذا حضرموت؟
Ali Hamiyya analyzes the strategic location of Hadramawt for the different factions involved in the war in Yemen. 

اليمن: إطلاق صاروخ على جازان
Yemeni army units allied to the Houthis fired a Scud missile towards Jizan in Saudi Arabia. 

السعودية تدفع بآلاف المقاتلين لـ«تحرير» صنعاء
Saudi Arabia sends thousands of fighters in preparation for the “liberation” of Sanaa. 

قتلى في معارك وغارات وسط اليمن
An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Bayda killed forty people last week. 

اليمن: حكومة هادي تختار الحسم العسكري
The ousted Yemeni president chooses the military option in order to solve to conflict in Yemen. 

«التحالف» يسعى لتشكيل «جيش يمني» جديد
The Saudi-led coalition decides to form a new Yemeni army. 

الحكومة اليمنية: معركة صنعاء تبدأ خلال شهرين
The Riyadh-based Yemeni government intends to launch the battle for Sanaa within two months. 

واشنطن لا تؤكد زيارة سلمان
Washington does not confirm King Salman’s visit to the United States. 

الكويت: السجن لـ«مغرّد»
A Kuwaiti court sentences Abdulrahman al-Ajami to four years in jail on charges of instigating regime change. 

البحرين لمجاهدي خلق: معاً لإسقاط نظام طهران
Abbas Bousafwan argues that the Bahraini regime is making a strategic mistake by calling for regime change in Iran. 

البحرين: بدء محاكمة القيادي المعارض ابراهيم شريف
The trial of the Bahraini opposition figure, Ibrhaim Sharif, started last week. 

البحرين: احتجاز نائب سابق بتهمة تمويل متشددين
The Bahraini authorities arrest a former member of parliament on charges of financing militants.

البحرين: مقتل رجل شرطة في "تفجير إرهابي"
A policeman died in an explosion in the village of Karana in Bahrain. 

سلطنة عمان في منأى عن «الإرهاب»: وقاية داخلية وخارجية
Ous al-Qowthari analyzes how Oman managed to protect itself from terrorism. 

أمير سعودي لبن سلمان: والدي وليّ العهد... أيّها السفيه!
A news report on the ongoing feud between one of the grandsons of the late King Abdulaziz ibn Saud and the deputy crown prince. 

السعودية: السجن تسع سنوات لمغرد متطرف
A Saudi court sentences a man to nine years on charges of spreading extremist views on Twitter. 

الرياض ترجئ اجتماعاً عربياً لإقرار "القوة المشتركة"
Riyadh postpones an Arab meeting dedicated to the establishment of joint Arab forces.

إطلاق رصاص على دورية أمنية في جدة
Unknown assailants opened fire on a police patrol in Jeddah last week. 

هولاند: على إيران ودول الخليج المشاركة في حل الصراع السوري
The French president asserts that the Gulf states and Iran should take part in finding a solution to the conflict in Syria. 

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