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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 8)

[Airstrike in Sanaa, 5 May 2015. Image by Ibrahem Qasim, via flickr.com] [Airstrike in Sanaa, 5 May 2015. Image by Ibrahem Qasim, via flickr.com]

[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 ap@jadaliyya.com  by Monday night of every week.]

Regional and International Relations

Egypt summons UK ambassador over al-Jazeera trial remarks Egypt summons the British ambassador over his “unacceptable interference” following the trial of the three Al Jazeera journalists.

Our Radical Islamic BFF, Saudi Arabia Thomas Friedman reflects on Saudi Arabia’s support of radical Muslim groups.

The wealthy Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf states receive zero Syrian refugees A news report on the reluctance of the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council to receive Syrian refugees.

Migrant crisis: Why Syrians do not flee to Gulf states Amira Fathalla asserts that Syrian refugees have to apply for a tourist or work visa to enter any Gulf state.

Syria crisis: Gulf States should open their doors to Syrian refugees Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi urges Gulf states to receive Syrian refugees.

Top 4 Issues Saudi King Salman will discuss in first visit to Obama’s White House Juan Cole writes on the agenda of King Salman’s meeting with the US president.

Saudi king meets Obama amid concerns over Iran deal Saudi Arabia said it was happy with President Obama’s assurances that the recent nuclear deal with Iran will not endanger the Gulf states.

Obama and Saudi King Sidestep Dispute Over Iran Nuclear Deal Peter Baker examines the significance of the long-delayed meeting between the Saudi king and the US president.

An Arms Deal Is Aimed at Saudis’ Iran Worries The Pentagon is finalizing an arms agreement with Saudi Arabia, which will provide weapons for the Saudi war against the Islamic State and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia, U.S. near deal for two Lockheed warships: sources Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the US government about buying two frigates.

US and Saudis seek common ground Barbara Plett Usher argues that the message the US and Saudi leaders wanted to send was one of a resilient relationship.

Reports and Opinions

Path to progress proceeds at snail's pace for Saudi Arabian women Suad Abu-Dayyeh reports on the slow progress in gender equality in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi security forces kill 'terrorist' in Abqaiq: state TV Saudi security forces killed what they called “a terrorist” who tried to attack a security facility in Abqaiq in the Eastern Province.

Kuwait charges 26 suspects over arms cache, alleges Iran link Kuwait has charged twenty-six people with possessing weapons, having contacts with Iran and Hizballah, and aiming to plot attacks against Gulf states.

Saudi Arabia to cut spending after oil price decline The Saudi finance minister announces that Saudi Arabia will cut spending and delay some state projects after the recent decline in the price of oil.

Crisis in Yemen

War-Torn Yemen faces Disease Outbreaks w/out Humanitarian Corridor Kanya D’Almeida reports on an outbreak of dengue fever in Taiz.

Yemen crisis: UAE soldiers killed by blast at camp Forty-five Emirati soldiers were killed while fighting the Houthis.

Islamic State claims bomb attack on Yemeni mosque, 28 reported dead The Islamic State’s Yemen branch claims responsibility for two bombings at a mosque in northern Sanaa.

Friendly fire from Saudi-led coalition kills seven in Yemen: tribal sources Seven supporters of the ousted Yemeni president were killed last week by friendly fire from a Saudi-led airstrike.

Civilians pay heavy price in Yemen's Taiz, health care collapses: UN Stephanie Nebehay reports on the death of one hundred civilians in the past two weeks in Taiz as a result of Saudi-led airstrikes.

Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians: residents An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed thirty-six civilians in Hajjah.

Saudis have made repeated small incursions into Yemen-coalition spokesman Saudi Arabian forces have made repeated small incursions across the border with Yemen.

UAE forces bomb Yemen rebels after coalition troop deaths The United Arab Emirates has launched airstrikes against Yemeni rebels in retaliation to the death of Emirati soldiers.

Yemen crisis: UAE launches fresh Yemen attacks A news report on fresh Emirati airstrikes on Yemen.

Yemen’s Hidden War: How the Saudi-led Coalition is Killing civilians Iona Craig reports on the death toll from the Saudi war on Yemen.

Human Rights

Saudi Arabia: Little Rights Progress Under King Salman Human Rights Watch asserts that King Salman has failed to improve the country’s human rights record during his first seven months as a ruler.

Yemen: Houthis Used Landmines in Aden Human Rights Watch deplores the Houthis’ use of banned antipersonnel landmines in Aden.

Update: Oman: Internal Security Service dismantling the human rights movement The Gulf Center for Human Rights expresses concern over the harassment of human rights activists in Oman.

Arbitrary Arrests in Bahrain 2014-2015 The Bahrain Center for Human Rights documents arbitrary arrests in Bahrain over the past year.

Help us to Release our Children The Bahrain Center for Human Rights creates a campaign to pressure the Bahraini authorities to release children from prison. 

 

Arabic 

معركة «تطويق صنعاء» تنطلق من مأرب... والعين على الجوف
The Saudi-led coalition starts a ground operation to take control of Marib.

سلاح «رجل القبيلة» يرهب الجيش السعودي في جيزان
Yihya al-Shami reports on the difficulties the Saudi army is facing in Jizan. 

السعودية تغرق في وحول الجنوب: بصمات «الإصلاح» على هجمات «القاعدة»
Duaa Suwaidan argues that Saudi Arabia is losing control of southern cities in Yemen, especially Aden. 

تقدم في تعز وتدمير آليات إماراتية في مأرب
The Yemeni army and the “popular committees” make advances in Taiz. 

اليمن: توجه أوروبي لإحياء مفاوضـات مسقط
Ali Jahiz reports on the European Union’s intention to revive the Yemeni negotiations in Muscat. 

اليمن: حكم هادي يجدد اتهاماته لإيران.. و«حزب الله»!
The ousted Yemeni president asserts that the purpose of the Saudi-led war on Yemen is to limit Iran’s regional expansion. 

فرصة أخيرة للحل السياسي: مسقط تجمع السعوديين و«أنصار الله» إلى طاولة واحدة
Ibrahim al-Amin writes on the new round of negotiations between the Saudis and the Houthis in Muscat. 

تسعير الغارات على صنعاء... وهادي يريد دوراً سودانياً في عدن
The Saudi-led coalition intensifies its airstrikes on Sanaa. 

صنعاء منيعة على التحالف... وامتعاض سعودي من «تقصير الإصلاح»
Ibrahim al-Saraji argues that despite the Saudi media fanfare about closing in on Sanaa, the capital will not fall quickly.  

اليمن: مقتل 45 إماراتياً و5 بحرينيين من قوات التحالف
Forty-five Emirati and five Bahraini soldiers were killed while fighting the Houthis.

اتفاق لوقف المعارك بين الحوثيين وأنصار هادي في الرضمة
The Houthis and supporters of the ousted Yemeni president agree on a ceasefire in al-Radhma. 

صنعاء: تفجير «داعشي» يوقع عشرات الضحايا
The Islamic State’s Yemen branch claims responsibility for two bombings at a mosque in northern Sanaa. 

«أنصار الله» نحو حكومة «وحدة وطنية»
The Houthis call for the formation of a national unity government in Yemen. 

أطماع آل سعود: السيطرة على نفط اليمن
Lockman Abdullah argues that Al Saud aim to control Yemeni oil. 

السعودية: إحباط هجوم إرهابي في بقيق
Saudi security forces killed what they called “a terrorist” who tried to attack a security facility in Abqaiq. 

قمَّة أوباما ـ سلمان اليوم: ضبط إيقاع الخلافات
Malak Hammoud analyzes the meeting between the Saudi king and the US president.

سلمان في واشنطن: بذخٌ مفرط... وسعي لجذب استثمارات
A news report on King Salman’s extravagant visit to Washington. 

الرياض وواشنطن تقتربان من صفقة بيع فرقاطتين
Saudi Arabia is in advanced discussions with the US government about buying two frigates. 

السعودية تعتقل صحافياً سودانياً بطلب من الخرطوم
Saudi authorities arrested a Sudanese journalist upon request from Khartoum. 

البحرين | الحكومة تريد محاصرة الخطاب الدينيA news report on Bahraini authorities’ efforts to contain the religious discourse in the country. 

الكويت: اتهام 26 «بالتخابر» مع إيران و«حزب الله»
Kuwait has charged twenty-six people with possessing weapons, having contacts with Iran and Hizbollah, and aiming to plot attacks against the Gulf states. 

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