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Yemen at Crossroads: An Interview with Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy

[photo by Collin Anderson via Flikr Creative Commons]

Yemen has grabbed the world's attention as the country’s political crisis appears to have been deepened with the Saudi-led military intervention. According to The Guardian and other news organizations, the U.S. is providing “logistical and intelligence support” to the Saudi-led coalition against the Houthi forces in Yemen. In the absence of independent on-the-ground reporting by the major media outlets on the turmoil in Yemen, social media platforms are once again providing the much needed platform for activists in the country to post images, express their views, and raise their concerns about the fate of their country. Soon after the bombing began, Yemeni activist ...

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Quick Thoughts on the Saudi Transition and Beyond: A STATUS/الوضع conversation with Toby Jones

With the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, there is much press speculation about change in the Kingdom. In this Quick Thoughts interview for Status, Toby Jones parses through these debates and highlights the more salient points, identifying how this transition should be analyzed beyond hyperbolic prognostication. Toby C. Jones is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University. He has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East, including several years in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. During 2008-2009 he was a fellow at Princeton University's Oil, Energy, and the Middle East project. From 2004 to early 2006 Jones worked as the Persian Gulf political ...

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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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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 24)

[Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi withdrew his resignation of the presidency and fled to Aden this week. Image from Glenn Fawcett/Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 Qatar recalls Cairo envoy over Egyptian suggestion Doha supports terrorism The relations between Cairo and Doha deteriorate over Libya strikes. On Edge, Persian Gulf Monarchies Step Up Defense Spending Robert Wall and Rory Jones examine the Gulf states’ purchases of military ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 17)

[Saudi driving activists Maysaa Al-Amodi and Lujain Al-Hathloul. Image from frontlinedefenders.org]

[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 Prince Charles raises blogger case with new Saudi king Prince Charles raised the issue of Raif Badawi during his first meeting with the new Saudi king. Saudi Arabia condemns attacks in Copenhagen and North Carolina The Saudi regime condemns the killing of Muslim-Americans in North ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (February 10)

[Souad al-Shammary, co-founder of Saudi Liberal network. 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  Moussaoui claims Saudi royals ‘funded 9/11 attacks’ Zacarias Moussaoui claims that members of the Saudi ruling family helped fund the September 11, 2001 attacks. Pre-9/11 Ties Haunt Saudis as New Accusations Surface Ben Hubbard and Scott Shane analyze the implication of Zacarias ...

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الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي الجزء الأول

الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) الذي طعن عرب القرن العشرين في خاصرتهم.  (الجزء الأول)       لا يحدّق بالمستقبل سوى أهل البصيرة! ولا يَعْمى عن تلك الكوارث إلا من ملك البصر فقط! منذ وقت مبكر تنبّه المفكر عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) إلى أمراض القرن العشرين: الاستعمار والديكتاتورية والإرهاب والإيديولوجيا، فقد أشار إلى مخططات الصهيونية والإرهاب الديني والتخلف الحضاري في كتابه "هذي هي الأغلال" (1946)، ونقض الديكتاتورية وحلل ذهنية التفكير العربي في "العالم ليس عقلاً" (1963)، وفضح المتاجرة بقضية فلسطين في "كبرياء التاريخ في مأزق" (1966)، ونقض الإيديولوجيا في "أيها العار إن المجد ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 27)

[The late Saudi King Abdullah, who passed away this week, with his successor Salman in 2012. Image from Reuters/Saudi Press 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.] Regional and International Relations Saudis Expand Regional Power as Others Falter David Kirkpatrick examines Saudi Arabia’s regional politics. US charges Yemenis over alleged murder plot Saudi Arabia arrests and extradites two Yemeni nationals accused of attacking US troops. Regime collapse threatens Yemen's key role in US ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 13)

[Saudi Arabia and its Gulf OPEC allies continue to maintain their oil production levels. Image from J. Rawls. 10 April 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 Saudi Arabia is right to be anxious over its ideological links with Isis Brian Whitaker argues that though the Saudi regime has denounced the Islamic State, it fears the effects of any close examination of their shared principles. Why the GCC's hands are tied over Yemen Sharif Nashashibi ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 30)

[Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will maintain current production levels despite the price slump. Image from EIA/Wikimedia Commons.]

[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 and UAE oil ministers defend Opec response to falling prices The Saudi and Emirati ministers of oil assert that their countries will maintain current production levels despite the price slump. Oil price drop weakens Saudi’s foes Joseph Kechichian analyzes Saudi Arabia’s motivation to ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 16)

[The Olympic Village in London, part of the real estate portfolio acquired by Qatar's royal family. Image from Oast House Archive.]

[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 GCC announces steps to bolster security Basma Atassi reports on the final statement issued by members of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the end of the Doha summit. GCC: In search of a vision Al Jazeera English interviews six Gulf scholars on the challenges facing the Gulf Cooperation ...

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The Islamic State: The Fear of Decline?

Following a series of military setbacks, Dabiq—the propaganda magazine of the Islamic State (IS)—is issuing calls for the unity of followers to compensate for the dwindling number of its fighters. Through its powerful media apparatus, IS states its ambitions. The Islamic State has shown great capabilities on the field, but also in the virtual sphere. The group has developed a high-quality media industry and mastered this tool like no jihadist group ever has. In comparison, al-Qa‘ida propaganda is a complete "has been." The Islamic State is a product of its time; it is a 2.0 jihadist group that has made use of media as a part of its arsenal. Thus the ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 24)

[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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 17)

[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 ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 3)

[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 Report: Saudis might help Israel attack Iran in exchange for progress in peace process A news report on European ...

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Rethink Saudi Arabia and Its Relations Through Tadween Publishing's JadMag

Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula Edited by Rosie Bsheer and John Warner Electronic copy: $4.99  Paperback: $7.49  Combo: $9.99  A number of significant developments in the region make this an opportune moment to revisit our first JADMAG, Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula, edited by Rosie Bsheer and John Warner. The contributing authors’ concerns that rentier state theory obscures the fundamental dependence of national petroleum economies on a global capitalist labor market have ...

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ISIS Kills Gays: A History of Violence

Hands shove them forward, bound and blindfolded. Then comes the step when the stone beneath them stops and nothing is there. The photographs appall but they have the solidity of things you can see; they suggest but cannot summon the feel of one terrifying lurch in darkness when all that is solid falls away. Death is what happens when you are there, alone, and the world disappears. ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which now styles itself just the Islamic State. Many ...

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الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي الجزء الثاني

الفيلسوف طريد المدن الموحشة: عبد الله القصيمي (1907-1996) الذي طعن عرب القرن العشرين ف خاصرتهم.  (الجزء الثاني)   [انقر/ي هنا لقراءة الجزء الأول من المقال] القصيمي شاعراً تائهاً وفي الفصل السادس يولي المؤلف إبراهيم عبد الرحمن الإنتاج الشعري الذي قدمه القصيمي، ولم يلتفت إليه بوصفه تجربة مستقلة. وإنما استخدم القصيمي الشعر لتمرير أفكاراً مختلفة، فهو نشر قبل أي كتاب في جريدة الرياض الأسبوعية قصيدة في تمجيد البطل "نفثة مخلص: إلى حضرة صاحب الجلالة عبد العزيز ملك الحجاز ونجد ...

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New Texts Out Now: Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent, and Sectarianism

Toby Matthiesen, The Other Saudis: Shiism, Dissent, and Sectarianism. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Toby Matthiesen (TM): I became interested in the issue of sectarianism in Syria and Lebanon, where I studied Arabic and spent several summers. I wanted to understand the historical context of sect-formation and at what times these markers of identity became important in the political process. During my MA at the School of Oriental ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 20)

[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 Jeremy Scahill on Paris Attacks, the al-Qaeda Link & the Secret U.S. War in Yemen Amy Goodman interviews Jeremy Scahill ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (January 6)

[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 to reopen Baghdad embassy after 25-year chill A Saudi delegation will travel to Baghdad to start ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 23)

[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 and UAE oil ministers defend Opec response to falling prices The Emirati and Saudi oil ministers affirm that ...

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The Politics of "Unveiling Saudi Women": Between Postcolonial Fantasies and the Surveillance State

With the consolidation of the Saudi state starting in the 1960s, the regime has progressively imposed unified dress codes for Saudi men and women, that for the latter has meant wearing a long, black cloak [‘abaya] and veiling. Various state institutions, like schools, universities, and the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice—commonly referred to as the “morality police” or “mutawi‘a”—have increasingly rigorously monitored women’s strict dress codes, on which much has been written ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (December 9)

[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 is Saudi Arabia using oil as a weapon? Michael Stephens argues that Saudi Arabia’s decision to lower the ...

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