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Message From Human Rights Defender Maryam al-Khawaja

[Maryam al-Khawaja. Image from Flickr/amnestystudent]

[This statement of concern was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Right on 29 August, 2014, shortly after Maryam al-Khawaja was detained in Bahrain].  The Bahrain Center for Human rights expresses its grave concern over denying the human rights defender and co-director of the Gulf Center for Human rights, Maryam al-Khawaja, entry to her native country Bahrain. Maryam al-Khawaja decided to fly to Bahrain to visit her father, the detained human rights defender, Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who began an open hunger strike on 26 August, 2014. Al-Khawaja's health has been rapidly deteriorating. Upon arrival to Bahrain airport hours earlier, Maryam ...

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UAE-Linked NGO Whitewashes Migrant Abuse

[Construction workers in Dubai. Image from tyglobalist.org]

 [This Migrant Rights report sheds light on the response of Gulf regimes in general and the Geneva-based NGO International Gulf Organization (IGO) in particular to international criticism of migrant labor rights in the region.]  This past year, the crackdown that resulted in the deportation of over a million migrants from Saudi Arabia, the mistreatment of Saadiyat Island construction workers in the United Arab Emirates, and the spotlight on World Cup workers in Qatar has generated significant public criticism of migrant rights in the region. States responded to this intensified scrutiny primarily by intensifying propaganda and public relations stunts, ...

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Home Surveillance and the Rights of Domestic Workers

[Migrant Rights logo. Image from @MigrantRIghts.]

[The following report was originally published by Migrant Rights on 25 July 2014 under the title "Home Surveillance Marketed Against Domestic Workers' Privacy Rights."] The alleged link between migrants and crime is a commonly regurgitated misconception in much of the migrant receiving world. In the Gulf States, local media particularly dramatize the ‘danger’ of migrant domestic workers to family privacy and child safety. Authorities further fuel these xenophobic narratives, regularly scapegoating migrants for any and all social problems, including the loss of cultural heritage and language. Saudi discourse particularly demonizes Ethiopian migrants, condemning ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 29)

[The Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan, seen here with Donald Rumsfeld, is one of the key participants in a

[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 Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in daily contact over Gaza David Hearst analyzes reports that Saudi Arabia and Egypt are “advising the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu how to press home his ground operation in Gaza.” In response to David Hearst Prince Mohammed bin Nawaf Al Saud, the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 1)

[Khalil al-Mazrooq, a member of the Bahraini opposition group Al Wefaq, was acquitted of all charges and released this week. Image from Mohamed CJ.]

[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 Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and Senator John McCain’s praise of the Saudi prince. Iraq and the 'Saudi question' Imran Khan examines the influence the Saudi regime ...

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

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[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 and the efforts and difficulties of including them in the workers’ movement. Radhi calls for a revision of cultural attitudes in order to stop excluding migrants from ...

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

[مصدر الصورة مركز البحرين لحقوق الانسان ]

 "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 اجتماعياً، والهادفة إلى ضمان بقاء النظام الملكي. وطيلة العقد الماضي، تولى أصحاب الضمائر الحية، من البحرينيين وغير البحرينيين، مسؤولية فضح الأسرار الغامضة للنظام الخليفي. بدءاً من ...

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

[Image from the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.]

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

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 27)

[Nabeel Rajab and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja at a pro-democracy protest in 2011. Image from 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  What Saudi-Iranian rapprochement means for Assad Lina Khatib argues that Tehran is likely to agree to limit its support for the Syrian regime in order to reach a compromise with Riyadh. Saudi Arabia ‘thinking outside the box’ on Iran Jumana Al Tamimi believes that the desire to ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 29)

[A federal court has ordered the US justice department to release portions of the memorandum justifying the

[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 the U.S. Should Withdraw From the Entire Persian Gulf Toby C. Jones argues that the US presence in the region has made it less safe and more costly to US interests. Iraqi ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 15)

[Activists and human rights organizations campaigned to stop the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix in order to highlight human rights abuses by the Bahraini regime. Image from CaterhamF1/flickr. 6 April 2014.]

[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 officials hope for closer security cooperation between Tel Aviv and the Arab Gulf states. Can the Saudis adapt to Obama's policies? Marwan Kabalan argues that the US ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[King Abdullah in a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, 5 January 2014. Image from Wikicommons.]

[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, representatives of the Arab states had serious disagreements in private. Kuwait summit merely papers over Arab rifts Sylvia Westall and Amena Bakr report on the Arab summit and ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 19)

[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 State Department Taking Passports Away from Yemeni-Americans The Middle East Research and Information ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 12)

[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  From Egypt to Saudi Arabia, the Arab World Has Abandoned the Palestinians Mehdi Hasan provides a critique of the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 5)

[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 Arab Leaders, Viewing Hamas as Worse Than Israel, Stay Silent David Kirkpatrick argues that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 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 Saudi Arabia: Sandwiched by jihadists in Iraq and Yemen Frank Gardner examines the challenges posed to Saudi Arabia by the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 25)

[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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 10)

[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 ...

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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 ...

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

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 ...

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

[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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 22)

[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 ...

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Human Rights Violations in Bahrain during Formula One Race Period

[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 ...

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

[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 ...

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