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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 15)

[Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi reached out to Saudi Arabia and the United States for support as Houthi forces expanded their territorial control in the north of Yemen. Image from US Department of State/Wikimedia Commons. 29 July 2013.]

[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 Arabia: Sandwiched by jihadists in Iraq and Yemen Frank Gardner examines the challenges posed to Saudi Arabia by the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Saudi Arabia: Don't blame it all on the Islamic State Mansour Almarzoqi Albogami argues ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 25)

[The newly elected Egyptian president meets Saud King Abdullah during his stopover in Cairo. Image from al-Waqi' newspaper/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  ISIL’s advance puts Saudi Arabia between Iraq and a hard place Tom Kutsch analyzes Saudi Arabia’s anxiety over further rapprochement between Tehran and Washington in their fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.  Why the Iraq Mess Is So Awkward for Saudi ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 10)

[Flyer of Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani hailing the nomination of Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. Image from Flickr/Julio.]

[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 Arabia and Iran Reach Out Tentatively Ben Hubbard examines the recent rapprochement between Riyadh and Tehran.  GCC ambassadors’ reinstatement reports denied Habib Toumi reports on a Bahraini diplomat’s assertion that the three Gulf Cooperation Council ambassadors in ...

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Press Release: Bahrain: A System of Injustice

[The following press release was issued by Human Rights Watch on 28 May 2014.] (London) – Bahrain’s criminal justice system fails to deliver basic accountability and impartial justice, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 64-page report, “Criminalizing Dissent, Entrenching Impunity: Persistent Failures of the Bahraini Justice System Since the BICI Report,” found that more than two years after King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa accepted recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) to free peaceful dissenters and hold abusive officials accountable, Bahrain’s courts play a key role in maintaining the country’s highly repressive ...

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The Empty Promise of State-Sponsored Feminism in the Arabian Peninsula

[lllustration by K. Jones.]

States in the Arabian Peninsula have maintained, and in some cases strengthened, their authoritarian structures in the shadow of the recent Arab uprisings. In spite of this, the US government and many of its allies continue to herald a liberalizing shift in places such as Saudi Arabia or Kuwait largely on the basis of potential reforms meant to further women’s rights. Indeed, some of these states have taken actions to heighten their domestic and international legitimacy through increased political representation for women. However, such efforts are not necessarily indicative of structural or much-needed changes. Rather, they constitute part and parcel of a mechanism of ...

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Bahrain Press Association Annual Report 2013: "Less Freedom, Broader Impunity"

[Logo of the Bahrain Press Association. Image from bahrainpa.org]

[The following report was published by the Bahrain Press Association on 3 May 2014] Introduction The Bahrain Press Association 2013 annual report, “Less Freedom, Broader Impunity,” is intended to be an objective resource documenting violations of freedom of expression and suppression of the news media and the press during the year in Bahrain. This is the fourth report issued by the association, an independent organization founded in London in 2011 by exiled Bahraini journalists concerned with defending the rights of journalists and media personnel. Previous reports were “Bahrain: Word Leading to Death,” issued in October 2011; “Hunger for ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 22)

[Prince Bandar bin Sultan with George W. Bush in 2002. Image 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 Canada-Saudi arms deal has 'significant risk' Megan O’Toole reports on concerns over the Canadian government’s willingness to provide weapons to the repressive Saudi regime. Resolving the Gulf crisis Mansour Almarzoqi Albogami argues that the Gulf states need to “institutionalise their ...

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Human Rights Violations in Bahrain during Formula One Race Period

[Logo of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. Image from bahrainrights.org]

[The following joint briefing was written by the undersigned and issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 6 April, 2014] On the morning of the Grand Prix race which will take place today at 6pm in Sakhir; BCHR (Bahrain Center for Human Rights), BIRD (Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy) and BYSHR (Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights), note their concern for the growing violations against civilians in Bahrain. It has been evident that in the months preceding the race, many civilian protesters have taken to the streets to protest the FIA’s decision to schedule Bahrain for the Grand Prix. Protesters have taken up various methods to express their anger ...

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Press Release: Bahrain Activists Return from Korea Seeking to Ban Tear Gas Exports

[Logo of Bahrain Watch. Image from bahrainwatch.org]

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 26 March 2014] A Bahrain Watch delegation has returned from a weeklong visit to Seoul, at the invitation of South Korean civil society activists.  The purpose of the trip was to educate the government and public about ongoing human rights violations and misuse of tear gas in Bahrain, in support of a draft legislative amendment to block arms sales to human rights violators.  The amendment, sponsored by MPs Kim Hyun and Jang Hana, would block sales like last year’s bid by Dae Kwang Chemical Corporation to export 3 million tear gas canisters to Bahrain.  That proposed sale was successfully halted ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 25)

[Yemenis continue to demand the indictment of deposed president Ali Abdullah Saleh for his role in the deaths of protesters in 2011. Image from Wikimedia/White House. 2007.]

[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 Will the GCC survive Qatar-Saudi rivalry? Dahlia Kholaif examines the impact of the Saudi-Qatari split on the future of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi FM says Qatar should 'revise' policies Prince Saud al-Faisal emphasizes that rapprochement with Qatar will not be possible unless Doha ...

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Bahrain Watch Delegation Visits Korea for Arms Control Campaign

[Logo of Bahrain Watch. Image from bahrainwatch.org]

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 17 March 2014] Delegation of Activists Visit Korea for Arms Control Campaign Bahrain Watch to Participate in Press Conference at South Korean National Assembly A Bahrain Watch delegation has arrived in Seoul, South Korea to bolster a legislative effort for new arms export controls, at the invitation of local NGOs, including Amnesty International Korea. This week, Korean lawmakers will introduce a new bill to clamp down on arms exports to human rights violators.  The push follows last year’s Bahrain Watch-led #StopTheShipment campaign, which prevented a Korean company from exporting more than 3 million ...

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BCHR: Discrimination Against Women in Bahraini Society and Legislation

[Logo of Bahrain Center for Human Rights. Image from bahrainrights.org]

[The following report was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 10 February 2014]  Discrimination Against Women in Bahraini Society and Legislation Overview of Women's Rights in Bahrain: Initially, one should look at the context of what human rights means. Are government officials in the Arab countries, which often claim that human rights are a Western invention, able to uphold the individual’s right to not be subjected to torture, their right to religious freedom, education, or protect them from being discriminated against? Or do they claim that these rights are not pre-rooted in local culture and values? A human rights activist who strives to ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 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 'Thank God for the Saudis': ISIS, Iraq, and the Lessons of Blowback Steve Clemons analyzes Prince Bandar’s support of the ...

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Migrant Workers and Labor Unions in the Gulf: An Interview with Karim Radhi

[In this Migrant Rights interview, trade union activist Karim Radhi focuses on the cultural attitudes toward migrant laborers in the Gulf, which he sees as the primary obstacle to their integration into any workers’ movement there. The interview first appeared in Arabic and was later translated by Saqer Almarri.] In this interview, the poet and trade union activist Karim Radhi, of the Secretariat of the General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions, speaks on the situation of migrant workers in Bahrain ...

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حرب المعلومات: كشوفات عن المرتزقة والتحريض الطائفي والتخطيط الديموغرافي في البحرين

 "لا يجوز معاقبة أي شخص بسبب إفصاحه عن معلومات تتعلق بالأمن الوطني إذا كان الإفصاح 1- لا يضر فعلاً ومن غير المحتمل أن يضر بمصلحة أمنية وطنية مشروعة، 2- أو إذا كانت المصلحة العامة في معرفة المعلومات تفوق الضرر الناتج عن الإفصاح ".(1) في الوقت الذي أثير فيه الجدل العام الماضي حول معلومات سرّبها إدوارد سنودن بهدف فضح المراقبة التي تمارسها كل من حكومتي الولايات المتحدة وبريطانيا، ساد الصمت حول الكشوفات الماضية والأخيرة لانتهاك النظام البحريني للحياة اليومية للمواطنين وسياساته المدمرة ...

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The Struggle for Information: Revelations on Mercenaries, Sectarian Agitation, and Demographic Engineering in Bahrain

"No person may be punished on national security grounds for disclosure of inform

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 27)

[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  What Saudi-Iranian rapprochement means for Assad Lina Khatib argues that Tehran is likely to agree to limit ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 29)

[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 Oman in east Africa: Gingerly coming back An Economist article on the Omani-Zanzibari relations. Don't Stop at Iraq: Why ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 15)

[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 Converging Interests May Lead to Cooperation Between Israel and Gulf States Helen Cooper maintains that US and Israeli ...

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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 Kuwait summit: Arab unity or disunity? Joseph Kechichian argues that behind the seeming united front, ...

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The Terrorism Law in Bahrain: A Tool to Silence Dissidents

[The following report was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights 13 March 2014] The Terrorism Law in Bahrain: A Tool to Silence Dissidents Introduction In 2011, the grassroots movement that started in Bahrain demanding democracy, rights and freedoms was met with large scale brute violence by the government. Extreme measures were taken against pro-democracy protesters, and thousands were arrested, systematically tortured and given lengthy prison sentences. The government of Bahrain began to ...

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Joint Statement: NGOs Condemn Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate Protestors' Demands

[The following statement was issued by the undersigned and published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 4 March 2014] Joint Statement: NGOs Express Concern over Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate the Legitimate Demands of Peaceful Protestors The undersigned NGO’s express in the strongest terms their concern in regards to the escalation of violence in Bahrain and the use of foreign security forces to police peaceful protests under the guise of secretive Gulf security agreements. For ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 18)

 [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 listing of Brotherhood as terrorist group complicates Gulf ties Yara Bayoumy and Sylvia Westall examine ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 4)

[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 The Gulf security pact: Another GCC dilemma Joseph A. Kechichian analyzes the disagreement among the Gulf Cooperation ...

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