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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (November 15)

[Kuwaiti Protest Outside Government Offices. 8 March 2011. Photo by Ra'ed Qutena] [Kuwaiti Protest Outside Government Offices. 8 March 2011. Photo by Ra'ed Qutena]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about 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

GCC recognizes new Syrian opposition bloc A news report on the Gulf Cooperation Council’s recognition of the National Coalition of the Syrian opposition, on Al-Jazeera English

Qatar and UAE look to bolster defence systems A news report on the efforts of Qatar and United Arab Emirates to acquire missile-defense systems.

Reports and Opinions

Saudi Arabia’s king appoints new interior minister A news report on the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as the Minister of Interior, on BBC

Saudi Arabia: The younger generation, at last? An article describing Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as “a quietly competent” minister, in The Economist

The Gulf protection racket is corrupt and dangerously folly Seumas Milne criticizes the British government for approving arms sales to the Gulf countries, in The Guardian

Thousands of Kuwaitis protest against voting changes A news report on the ongoing protests in Kuwait against the new electoral law.

Saudi Arabia’s women allowed to join country’s main advisory body but must be separated from men by a screen Loveday Morris reports on a new legislation allowing women to attend the Shura Council, in The Independent

Yemen’s main oil pipeline shut after bombings A news report on the explosions that damaged the country’s main pipeline, on Al-Jazeera English.  

Repression in Bahrain

Bahrain revokes 31 activists’ nationalities Ian Black reports on the denaturalization of thirty-one activists, in The Guardian

Bahraini teenager dies after ‘fleeing police’ A news report on the death of a sixteen-year-old man while trying to escape security forces.

Human Rights Watch

Bahrain: Don’t Arbitrarily Revoke Citizenship A statement by the organization condemning the denaturalization of the thirty-one Bahraini activists. 

Kuwait: Lift Protest Ban A statement by the organization calling upon the Kuwaiti authorities to respect the right to protest. 


Samuel Aranda’s best photograph: a woman protects her son An interview with Samuel Aranda whose photograph of a Yemeni mother finding her son won the World Press Photo award, in The Guardian

U.A.E. Law Restricts Online Criticism of Government, WAM Reports Glen Carey reports on new Internet regulations that criminalize criticism of the state. 


How Qatar Became a Francophone Country Sabah Ayoub examines how Qatar “bought” a Francophone identity, on Al-Akhbar English.


اليمن: عندما انقلب الحلم كابوساً
Joumana Farhat reflects on the unification of northern and southern Yemens in 1990. 

الرئيس اليمني يستعين بدول الخليج لممارسة الضغوط على قادة الحراك الجنوبي في الخارج للمشاركة في الحوار الوطني
Khalid al-Hamadi reports on the Yemeni president's resort to leaders in the Gulf Cooperation Council to exert pressure on southern separatist figures to participate in the national dialogue next month. 

البحرين تسحب الجنسية من ٣١ مواطناً
A news report on decision to denaturalize thirty-one citizens by the Bahraini Ministry of Interior.

المنامة تتهم حزب الله بالتفجيرات وتشديد الحملة الأمنية على المعارضين
A news report on the claim made by the Bahraini Minister of Information that Hizbullah was involved in the explosions in Manama last week. 

البحرين: مقتل متظاهر... والأمن يمنع التوجه للمساجد
A news report on the death of a Bahraini protester, and the security forces preventing people from going to mosques for fear of demonstrations. 

البحرين: قضايا فساد وتجاوزات في تقرير الرقابة المالية
A news report on corruption in Bahrain. 

إسلاميون وليبراليون ومستقلون.. وقبائل: من هي قوى المعارضة الكويتية؟
Haifa Zaiter examines the major components of the Kuwaiti opposition. 

الكويت: الأمير يتمسك بموقفه ويواجه المعارضة
Fadi al-Zain writes on the Kuwaiti emir's unwavering position towards the opposition. 

الكويت: صراع الارادة الشعبية مع الديمقراطية الشكلية
Dr. Said al-Shihabi examines the Kuwait popular struggle with nominal democracy in the country. 

المعارضة لا تريد إسقاط النظام
A news report on the Kuwaiti opposition's statement that it does not seek to bring down the regime. 

الكويت تسعى لتجفيف المنابع المالية للتيارات الدينية وأمير البلاد: اما دولة القانون والدستور أو الفوضى
A news report on the Kuwaiti authorities' efforts to dry up the Islamist groups' financial sources, and the Kuwaiti emir's position towards the electoral law. 

الأمير محمد في وزارة الداخلية: النقاش حول مستقبل الخلافة يحتدم
A news report on the implication of the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz for the question of succession in Saudi Arabia. 

عمان تخشى فاتورة المليارات الخليجية
A news report on the reactions to a gift of five million dollars from the Gulf states to Jordan.

إلا الطائفية يا أحلام
Zeina Haddad chides Emirati singer Ahlam for using sectarian rhetoric in her attacks on a Lebanese journalist. 

عهد كامل: ليس هناك شيء ضد السينما في السعودية
An interview with Saudi director Ahd Kamel on Saudi Arabian cinema.

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