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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 24)

[ ["Operation Popular Anger" protest in Sar, Bahrain, 22 April 2012. Image from multaqa al Bahrain]

[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.]

"Leading Bahrain Activist Zainab al-Khawaja Detained," for the seventh day after allegedly insulting Bahraini police at an anti-Formula One protest.

"Bahrain court delays ruling in activists case," a media report on the decision of Bahrain's highest appeals court to postpone a decision in the case of 21 activists, and on the deteriorating situation of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja whose huger strike enters its 75 days.

"Bahrian's 'days of rage'," a media report on the Formula One and politics in Bahrain, on Al-Jazeera English.

"Why Arab women still 'have no voice'," an interview with Qatari author Amal al-Malki on the Arab uprisings and women, on Al-Jazeera English.

"Youth shun 'ineffective' literary club, go online," an article on formation of an online cultural community by young people in Saudi Arabia, by Laura Bashraheel in The Saudi Gazette.
"Where Are Saudi's (Real) Literary Salons?," a response to the article by Laura Bahsraheel (above) in WordPress.

"Leading article: No credit to Bahrain or Formula One," the leading article of The Independent on why The Formula One Grand Prix should not be held in Bahrain.

"This is politics no sport. If drivers can't see that, they are the pits," an article on The Formula One Grand Prix, by Robert Fisk in The Independent.

"'Protester killed' during Bahrain clashes," a news report on the protests in Bahrain on the eve of The Formula One Grand Prix, on Al-Jazeera English.

"Protests, clashes, death cast pall over Bahrain Grand Prix," a news story on the protests in Bahrain, by Alan Baldwin on Reuters.

"£490m Ancient Rome theme park ... in Rome," an article on a theme park on the outskirts of Rome, funded by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, by James Bone, in The Times.

"Bahrain's Formula One Gala Not Going as Planned," an article on the ongoing protests in Bahrain on the eve of The Formula One, by Souad Mekhennet in The New York Times.

"David Cameron refused to join Bahrain race calls," an article on the increasing pressure on David Cameron to call for the cancelation of The Grand Prix, by Andrew Woodcock and Paul Keaveny, in The Independent.

"Bahrain Grand Prix: Crown price backs race despite protests," a statement by Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa on the decision to hold The Grand Prix.

"Media groups slam Bahrain on Grand Prix reporting curbs," a report on the Bahraini authority's efforts to prevent foreign journalists from reporting on the ongoing protests in the country, in Al-Akhbar English.

"Bahrain: Grand Prix Sponsor Lapped by Competition," an informed article on the bankruptcy of the Bahraini national airline, Gulf Air, a sponsor of The Grand Prix, by Joe Dyke in Al-Akhbar English.

"Bahrain security stepped up for F1 practice runs," a news report on the intensified security in Bahrain ahead of The Formula One, on BBC.

"Ghalioun Emails: Qatari Money and Lost Democracy," an excellent report on Qatari funds transferred to the Syrian National Council, including leaked emails from and by the President of the SNC Burhan Ghalioun, in Al-Akhbar English.

"Yemen: Popular Committees Take Control," an article on the increasing roles of local communities and tribes in maintaining security in Southern Yemen, by Yaser al-Yafei in Al-Akhbar English.

"Bahrain's rulers split over fate of rights activist," analysis on the division among the Bahraini royal family over the fate of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been on huger strike for more than 60 days, by Patrick Cockburn in The Independent.

In Arabic:

"نزار عبود:المعارضة السعودية تحبط إشراك المعارضة السورية في "عدم الانحياز""
Nizar Abboud reports on the aborted attempt by Saudi Arabia to include the Syrian National Council, instead of the delegates of the Syrian government, in the meetings of the Non-Aligned Nations.

"عبد الهادي خواجه بوصي البحرينيين: اذا مت... فلا تلجأوا إلى العنف"
A short news story on the Bahraini activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja's intension to write his will in case of his death because of hunger strike.

"قطر و"الجزيرة" ومصائر الربيع العربي"
An opinion editorial on the impact of Al-Jazeera and the Qatari ruling family on the fate of the Arab uprisings, by an anonymous writer in As-Safir.

"بدر الإبراهيم: لماذا ينتحر السعوديون؟"
Badr Al-Ibrahim on the increasing rate of suicide among young Saudis in particular.

"حبيب فياض: الحضور الخليجي.. على ضفاف الأزمات"
Habib Fayad reflects on the strained relations between Iran and the Gulf countries.

"دنيز يمين: "القاعدة" في أبين: ورقة يمنية-أميركية دائمة ضد "عدو مرحلي"؟"
Denis Yameen analyzes the centrality of Ansar Al-Sharia in Abyan in Yemen to different regional and local players.

""أيام الغضب" تهدد ال"فورمولا ١": انسحابات وإضراب وتصعيد احتجاجي"
A report on the protests in Bahrain on the eve of The Formula One.

"خالد عبد الهادي: السلفيون في اليمن.. الحزبية تشق صفوفهم"
Khalid Abdul al-Hadi writes on divisions among Salafi groups in Yemen.

"نصري الصايغ: السعودية الطاعنة نفطاً وخوفاً وتسليحاً: فلتكن سوريا "كوسوفو" عربية"
Nasri Sayyigh on Saudi Arabia's motives for arming the Syrian opposition.

"عبد الحليم محجوب: مصر-السعودية: علاقة العرش بالثورة (٣): المسارات المحتملة"
Abdul Halim al-Mahjoub analyzes Egypt-Saudi Arabia relations since the 1920s (Part III)

"فؤاد ابراهيم: السعودية على إيقاع شبابها"
Fouad Ibrahim on young Saudis and their continuing protests.

"تقرير أميركي حول شروط حرب الخليجيين بالوكالة في سوريا... وحدودها"
An article on a report by Michael Knights, an expert on military and security affairs of Iraq, Iran, Yemen and the Gulf states, on the possible role to be played by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries in the Syrian crisis.

"الرياض: سجن ناشط حقوقي لأربع سنوات"
A news report on the sentence of the Saudi activist Muhammad Al-Bajadi for four years.

"أحمد بلال: رسالة تضامن من الأسرى الفلسطينيين إلى الشعب البحريني"
A letter of solidarity to the Bahraini people signed by Palestinian prisoners.

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