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Reports and Opinions
FBI surrounds house of Saudi student after sightings of him with pressure cooker pot – only to discover he was cooking RICE Martin Jay writes on Talal al Rouki who aroused suspicion when he carried a pressure cooker to a friend’s house, in the Daily Mail.
Saudi Arabia to punish men for converting woman to Christianity A news report on the sentencing of a Lebanese man to three hundred lashes and a Saudi national to two hundred lashes for converting a woman to Christianity, in The Independent.
The Yemeni Way Thomas Friedman describes Yemen as unique among Arab countries witnessing protests and uprisings, in The New York Times.
“Terrorism Has No Religion” Souad Mekhennet interviews Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, the Bahraini king, on questions of terrorism and democratic reform, on The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.
Repression in Bahrain
Bahraini blogger Ali Abdulemam flees to UK Bill Law reports on the smuggling of the prominent blogger out of Bahrain, on BBC.
Escape From Bahrain: Ali Abdulemam Is Free Thor Halvorssen provides an inside story of the blogger’s dramatic escape, in The Atlantic.
Blogger Emerges From Hiding After Fleeing Bahrain Christine Hauser writes on Ali Abdulemam’s escape and arrival in Britain, in The New York Times.
Bahrain Online founder Ali Abdulemam breaks silence after escape to UK Peter Beaumont interviews Ali Abdulemam about his fifteen-year jail sentence, his living in hiding for two years, and his escape last month, in The Guardian.
UK company’s spyware ‘used against Bahrain activist’, court papers claim Jamie Doward writes on the efforts of human rights groups to exert pressure on the British government to investigate the sale of surveillance equipment to repressive regimes in the Gulf, in The Guardian.
Crisis in Yemen
Abducted Finns and Austrian man freed in Yemen A news report on the release of three Europeans who were kidnapped last December, on BBC.
Postcard from Yemen Thomas Friedman writes on his visit to Taiz and on water shortages in the country, in The New York Times.
Yemen military jet crashes in Sanaa A news report on the crash of a military plane in a residential area and the death of the pilot, on Al Jazeera English.
Human Rights Watch
Saudi Arabia: Cleric Backed Protests on Trial for His life A statement by the organization urging the Saudi authorities to guarantee a fair trial for Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
On Olympic Anniversary, End Hurdlers for Saudi Women Minky Worden calls upon the Saudi government to allow girls in public school and at all levels of education to play sport.
Gulf Center for Human Rights
Saudi Arabia – Human rights defender Fawzan Al-Harbi summoned by police for questioning about his human rights activities A report on a recent summons sent to the activist, who is a co-founder of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association.
Bahrain – Human rights defender Naji Fateel to be detained for 60 days on anti-state charges after allegedly being tortured The organization provides an update on the case of Fateel, who was arrested on 5 May.
UAE – Human rights defender Waleed Al-Shehhi arrested as trial of UAE 94 continues A news report on the arrest of al-Shehhi three days ago, who was active in defending the ninety-four activists on trial.
Saudi threatens illegal workers with prison Saudi authorities warn that illegal workers will face prison and fines after the expiration of the grace period, on Al Jazeera English.
بقاء درع الجزيرة: عار لم يغسل
Ahmed Fakhro analyzes the lack of attention paid to the announcement made last month that the permanent headquarters for the Peninsula Shield Force would open, and the implication of such a decision for Bahrain.
سفارة لاسرائيل في عاصمة خليجية؟
An editorial on the Israeli government office that opened recently in a Gulf state, but was kept a secret so as not to embarrass that state.
الرئيس اليمني يرفض حل القضية الجنوبية في الخارج
A news report on the Yemeni president`s refusal to hold meetings abroad on the question of the south as demanded by a group of Southern activists.
اغتيال رئيس رابطة الشيعة الجعفرية في مدينة رادع شرق اليمن
A news report on the assassination of the head of the Ja`fari Shia League in Yemen two days ago.
تفكيك خلية للقاعدة في عدن ومقتل احد اعضائها
A news report on the Yemeni security forces` capture of an al-Qaeda cell in Aden.
السلطات اليمنية تعلن عن ضبط شحنة أسلحة تركية مهربة عن طريق البحر الأحمر
A news report on the seizure of a ship carrying arms from Turkey in Yemen.
الإمارات تنفي حبس مستخدمي برنامج التصالات الالكتروني `سكايب`
A news report on the Emirate state`s denial of rumors that Skype users have been arrested.
محكمة استئناف بحرينية تؤيد حكم السجن 3 أشهر بحق زينب الخواجة
A news report on Bahrain`s Appeal Court`s decision to uphold the three-month jail sentence of the activist Zainab al-Khawaja on charges of illegal public gathering.
ختام فعاليات التمرين البحري السنوي `خنجر حاد
A news report on the end of naval exercises the included Oman and "friendly countries."
محكمة بحرينية تخلي سبيل طالب اتهم بإهانة الملك على `تويتر` مع استمرار محاكمته
A news report on the release of a high school student in Bahrain who was charged with insulting the king via Twitter.
مناورات عسكرية" أميركية - إيرانية مضادة في الخليج
Mohammed Dalbah examines the naval exercises conducted by the United States, along with another forty states, in the Gulf last week and the counter-exercises that Iran began a few hours after the end of the American ones.
الانضباط العربي مسؤولية دول الخليج
Jamil Matar argues that Arab solidarity is the responsibility of the Gulf states given their increasing financial, religious and political role in Arab countries over the last three decades.
تنزانيا توقف سعودياً وأصدقاءه الإمارتيين لوجودهم في موقع أثناء تفجير
A news report on the arrest of a Saudi national and three of his Emirati friends with regard to the explosions targeting a church in Arusha, Tanzania.
الشيخة نعيمة الاحمد الصباح: الكويت تتفوق على دول الخليج في حرية المرأة
A news report on Sheikha Na`ima al-Ahmed al-Sabbah`s statement that Kuwaiti women enjoy more freedom than women in other Gulf countries.
الشرطة الدينية السعودية تقبض على 215 مشعوذا وتدمر 426 مصنعاً للخمور العام الماضي
A news report on Saudi police`s arrest of more than two hundred sorcerers and destruction of hundreds of alcohol factories last year.