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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 19)

[Image from 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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.] Regional and International Relations King Salman of Saudi Arabia pulls out of US talks on Iran Ian Black and Dan Roberts argue that the US president hoped to use the summit at Camp David to alleviate the Gulf leaders’ fear of the nuclear deal with Iran. US summit aims to calm Arab fears over Iran A news report on the Gulf-US ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 12)

[The Obama administration is thought to have promised to provide the Gulf Arab states with a ballistic missile defense system to appease their fears of Iran’s nuclear deal. Image from US Missile Defense Agency.]

[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.] Crisis in Yemen Al-Qaida in Yemen says US drone killed man who claimed Charlie Hebdo attack A senior member of al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula dies in a US drone strikes. UPDATE 1-Senegal to send 2,100 troops to join Saudi-led alliance Senegal announces that it will send troops to Saudi Arabia. Gulf-trained fighters arrive ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 5)

[Newly appointed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad ibn Nayif and deputy Crown Prince Mohammad ibn Salman. Images from Wikipedia.]

[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  US citizen imprisoned in UAE for parody video seeks pardon and compensation A news report on Shezanne Cassim, who has been in prison for nine months for his role in an online parody video. Yemen to request membership of Gulf Cooperation Council Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s spokesperson ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 28)

[Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continue to control large parts of the city of Mukalla, Hadramawt. Image from Sallam/Wikimedia. 2010.]

[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 U.S. Warship Heading To Yemeni Waters To Intercept Iranian Weapons Shipments, Navy Officials Say USS Theodore Roosevelt is heading o join other US naval ships in the area. Barack Obama warns Iran against weapons shipments to Yemen rebels The US president sent a clear signal to Iran that arms ...

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Turkiyeli Ermeniler’den Cagri: Bak Kardesim

Türkiyeli Ermeniler’den Çağrı: Bak Kardeşim [Ermeni Soykırımı'nın 100. yıldönümü sebebiyle Nor Zartonk'un Türkiyeli Ermeniler adına kaleme aldığı çağrıyı aşağıda yayımlıyoruz. Metnin orijinaline buradan ulaşabilirsiniz.] Bak Kardeşim, Ermeni Soykırımı’nın üzerinden 100 yıl geçti. Bir halk, ninenin, dedenin birlikte yaşadığı bir halk, devlet tarafından sistematik olarak katledildi. Bundan 100 yıl önce sokakta karşılaşacağın beş kişiden biri Ermeni iken bugün sokakta Ermenilere rastlamak o kadar kolay değil. Ne oldu onlara? Sor kardeşim… Dur kardeşim kızma hemen dinle… Devlet Baba bizi hain ilan etti, lanetli ilan etti, bir canavarmışız gibi bahsetti ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 21)

[Screenshot of footage of airstrike/explosion in Sanaa on 20 April 2015. From watchit news.]

[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 Falcon Eye: The Israeli-installed mass civil surveillance system of Abu Dhabi The United Arab Emirates employs an Israeli company to protect oil installations and install a civil surveillance system in Abu Dhabi. Iran suspends Saudi pilgrimage flights over 'assaults' Iran suspends its ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 14)

[Mohammad ibn Salman and Salman ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud. Image from google images.]

[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 US to GCC: We still have your back Geoffrey Aronson examines US-Gulf relations.  Mr. 2%: Tony Blair’s Secret Oil Contract with Saudis Revealed The LipTV reports on Tony Blair’s secret contract with a Saudi oil company. Saudi Arabia boosts crude oil production to highest level on ...

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Istanbul Film Festival Cancels Competitions Due to Censorship

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The thirty-fourth annual Istanbul Film Festival has cancelled all of its film competitions at the behest of the various juries, given the extraordinary circumstances at the film festival this year. The festival was forced to withdraw a programmed screening of a Kurdish documentary, Bakur [North] (Çayan Demirel and Ertuğrul Mavioğlu, 2015) from the festival, which resulted in all of the domestic competition films except for two being pulled from the festival by the filmmakers. Filmmakers and film critics from Turkey had issued a press release on 12 April condemning the decision to censor the film Bakur at the Istanbul Film Festival. The signatories of the press statement ...

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We Completely Agree: Egyptian Television Media in the Era of Al-Sisi

[A composite image widely-circulated online identifying Egyptian television personalities]

If there was any doubt about who the presidential frontrunner would be in Egypt's May 2014 elections, the Egyptian media made sure to strongly suggest that then-Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the only choice. No matter how prominent the other possible presidential candidates were, each was unceremoniously sidelined, discounted, or even ridiculed. Most soon withdrew their names from contention.  Owing to the media’s unwavering support for al-Sisi, the scene was set for a return to a state-aligned media monolith. Since his election, all of the media figures—owners and journalists who had begun to operate under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, and had ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 24)

[Children playing in Ma'alla, Aden. All-out civil war threatens as Houthi, AQAP, and Hadi-aligned forces continue to converge on the city. Image from Brian Harrington Spier/Wikimedia.]

[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 Saudi Prince: Iran ‘expanding occupation of Iraq’ Prince Turki al-Faisal states that Iran’s expanding occupation of Iraq is “unacceptable.” Lebanese families given 48 hours to leave the UAE The Emirati authorities deport hundreds of Lebanese without providing any official reason. Yemen ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 17)

[Migrant workers in Dubai protested over unpaid wages this week. Image from Piotr Zarobkiewicz/Wikimedia.]

[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 Sandhurst and the Sheikhs A video report on the popularity of the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst with Gulf monarchs and emirs. Saudis recall Sweden ambassador amid diplomatic row Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Sweden after the latter ended a weapons deal between the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 10)

[Tensions in Aden are mounting as Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi reconstitutes his ousted government there. Image from Brian Harrington Spier/flickr.]

[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 Saudi king aims for new Sunni bloc vs Iran and Islamic State Angus McDowall and Amena Bakr examines King Salman’s efforts to work around regional disagreements over the Muslim Brotherhood to focus on threats from Iran and the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria. Who can the Saudis trust ...

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ترخيص المواقع الإخبارية في الأردن: قيود قانونية وتشوهات بنيوية

تعديلات قانون المطبوعات والنشر التي كان يفترض بها تنظيم عمل قطاع الإعلام الإلكتروني، الأوسع انتشارًا في الأردن، أنتجت تشوهات بنيوية جديدة. تعديلات قانونية عملت عليها ومهدت لها أربع حكومات وأنجزتها وطبقتها حكومة خامسة في أقل من عام. فرضت الحكومة رؤيتها لـ«تنظيم» المواقع من دون إشراك العاملين بها؛ أدخلت تعديلات إشكالية على القانون ومن دون حتى تكييفها مع قوانين أخرى؛ مارست انتقائية في تطبيق بنود القانون وخالفت الدستور والمعاهدات الدولية بفرض مزيد من القيود على حرية الإعلام ...

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الثورات العربية في سياق الربيع العربي والديمقراطية

كثر الحديث عما سمي بالربيع العربي والذي يعبر في حقيقته عن سلسلة الثورات العربية السياسية التي اجتاحت أقطاراً عديدة في بلاد الشرق الأوسط العربية ضد ديكتاتورية الحكومات، انطلاقاً من تونس ثم مصر ثم ليبيا وأقطار عربية أخرى أبرزها سوريا التي لا تزال تشغل حيزاً في الإعلام الدولي حيث لا يعرف الكثير كيف ستنتهي هذه الثورة داخلياً، على الرغم من أن آثارها خارجياً أصبحت واضحة للعيان، فمنها انطلقت داعش وتوسعت داخل العراق لتحتل أراض واسعة تمتد عبر حدود البلدين، وتؤسس لكيان يعرف باسم" الدولة الاسلامية"، وقد ...

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Bassam Haddad on Syria at Harvard: 'A Stateless Regime or State with Many Regimes?'

On 2 April 2015 at Harvard University's Middle East Institute (MEI), Bassam Haddad presented a lecture in MEI Visiting Scholar Michael C. Hudson's Spring 2015 Study Group "Rethinking the Arab State." In his lecture, Haddad assessed the fluctuating political reality in Syria and how various groups, including Bashar al-Assad's regime, as well as ISIS and the unarmed civilian opposition, organize and govern areas and people under their control. Listen to the full recording of the April 2, 2015 ...

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ما زلنا نغني للثورة: مقابلة للوضع بين رامي عصام وبسام حداد

يناقش رامي عصام في هذه المقابلة رحلته كمغنٍّ وناشط محاولاً توسيع حدود ما يمكن قوله وفعله. تتضمن المقابلة التالية ثلاثة أجزاء، بحيث يمكنكم أن تنقروا عليهما بشكل منفصل. بوسعكم أن تقرأوا أيضاً النص العربي المدوّن المرافق. ويمكن العثور على الموسيقا من الفقرة تحت نص المقابلة. رامي عصام معروف على ناطق واسع بسبب أداءاته المثيرة في ساحة التحرير في الأيام الثمانية عشرة من ثورة ٢٥ يناير. صارت أغنيته "ارحل"، نشيداً وطنياً لاحتجاجات الشارع الجماهيرية ضد ديكتاتورية حسني مبارك التي استمرت ٣٠ ...

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كلام مجعلص في الفن: حوش المدرسة وسحابة البضان. حوار أنديل مع عادل اسكندر

في هذه المقابلة، يشكّك أنديل، أجرأ فنان كاريكاتير ساخر في مصر، بـ "الفن الثوري"، ويتحدّث عن أعوامه التكوينية، ويناقش الوضع القائم في بلاد غارقة في الهراء.   وتتضمن المقابلة التالية أربعة أجزاء بحيث تستطيعون النّقر عل كل منها بشكل منفصل. وتحت البلاير ثمة بعض الأمثلة عن رسوم قنديل الكريكاتورية وفيديوهاته.     أنديل ولد أنديل في كفر الشيخ في ١٩٨٦. قال له عمه إن جده لأبيه كان مخرجاً سينمائياً أخرج فيلماً روائياً بعنوان “الأحصنة”، أخذه إلى مهرجان برلين ...

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Too Much Memory? Remembering and Forgetting at the Crossroads of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide

Indeed suffering in common unifies more than joy does. Where national memories are concerned, griefs are of more value than triumphs, for they impose duties and require a common effort.[1] These words from Ernest Renan’s iconic essay of 1882, “Qu'est-ce qu’une Nation?” offer a piercing diagnosis of how some small nations, which have been historic targets of persecution and violence and therefore know that they can easily disappear, have managed to generate and maintain their collective identities during ...

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Setups and Slander against Morocco's Dissidents: Sex, Drugs, Money, and Videos

A series of cases have touched resistance leaders and activists who participated or supported the 20 February Movement, from al-Adl wal-Ihsane (AWI) Islamists to members of secular institutions. Sex, financial, or drug scandals: for each activist, a "crime" was deployed to play on a taboo of their ideology in order to discredit and undermine the Moroccan version of the "Arab Spring."  On 17 March, a dozen plainclothes police officers arrested Hicham Mansouri, a journalist and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 7 )

[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 Why Saudi Arabia and Israel oppose Iran nuclear deal Al Jazeera speaks to four analysts about how the new nuclear agreement ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[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 Sales of weapons to Gulf states up 70% over five years Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Richard Norton-Taylor report on the Gulf ...

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"The Amir of Bahrain and the Beautiful Scottish Lady": Political Satire in the Arab World

The Arab world has a rich satirical tradition that has appeared in numerous forms throughout its history, ranging from satirical al-hija1 poetry of the pre-Islamic era to the satirical newspaper Abou Naddara Zarqa, published in late nineteenth-century Cairo by the Jewish Egyptian polyglot Yaqub Sanu. Throughout the twentieth century, satire flourished in theatrical form and the political cartoons of Ali Ferzat and Naji al-Ali as well as in the widespread circulation and popularity of political jokes ...

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كتاب "فلاحو سورية": مدخل أساسيّ لفهم نظام الأسد

صدر عن المركز العربي للأبحاث ودراسة السياسات كتاب "فلاحو سورية:أبناءُ وجهائهم الريفيين الأقل شأنًا وسياساتهم" (704 صفحة من القطع الكبير)، للمؤرخ والباحث الراحل حنا بطاطو (1926-2000)، ويعدّ الكتاب مساهمة تحليلية مركزية لطبيعة السلطة السياسية القائمة في سورية، بالعودة إلى الجذور التاريخية والاجتماعية والاقتصادية والسياسية للفئات المشكّلة لها، ويشمل ذلك تسليط الضوء على الجوانب العقائدية والمذهبية لتلك الفئات. في هذا الكتاب، نجح حنا بطاطو في رسم لوحة شاملة لطبيعة النظام ...

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Public Hearing Notice: UK Court to Look Into FCO Secret Document on Bahrain

[The following report was originally published by Bahrain Watch on 9 March 2015.] Judge to Decide on 18-Month Battle to Release Secret British Documents on Bahrain On 10 March, the Information Rights Tribunal in London will consider whether to order the Foreign Office to reveal 40-year-old secret communications between Foreign Office officials. In June 2013, Marc Owen Jones, a Durham University PhD student and member of the NGO, Bahrain Watch made a Freedom of Information Request to the FCO, ...

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