[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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday night of every week.]
Opinions and Reports
House of Saud: built on sand An editorial on the apparent calm in the kingdom that may hide turmoil.
The Road to the Saudi Throne: King Abdullah Pushes His Son Fouad al-Ibrahim examines the question of succession within the royal family.
Saudi Arabia: Spending power Michael Peel compares Saudi Arabia to other Gulf countries and argues that the kingdom needs a cultural shift in addition to reforms.
Saudi Arabia bans “V for Vendetta” masks The Saudi Minister of Interior orders the confiscation and destruction of all Guy Fawkes masks.
Islam in Dubai: It’s not just for Arabs Haroon Moghul calls for accommodations to be made to English-speaking and Urdu-speaking Muslims in Dubai, where the majority of Muslims are not Arab and do not understand Arabic.
Dubai booms again on back of the Arab Spring Chris Arsenault argues that investors and tourists are returning to Dubai due the instability in the region.
Qatar mourns deadly mall fire on anniversary Omar Chatriwala and Shabina Khatri write on the first anniversary of a blaze in a luxury mall that claimed the lives of nineteen people.
Saudi cleric faces backlash over harassment tweet Sebastian Usher reports on the reaction of Saudis to a cleric’s call for his followers to harass women cashiers in order to discourage women from working.
Repression in Bahrain
Bahrain police hurt in explosion near Manama A news report on an explosion that injured seven police officers in Bani Jamri, which has been the scene of clashes between police and protesters.
Crisis in Yemen
Jeremy Scahill Recounts How the US Dirty Wars Killed Women and Children in a Yemeni Village An Excerpt from Jeremy Scahill’s New York Times best selling Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield.
Yemen’s national dialogue: Quite a novelty An article on the ongoing national dialogue conference in Sanaa, the prospects of its success, and people’s views of it.
Drone strikes kill seven in Yemen A news report on two drone strikes in southern Yemen that left seven al-Qaeda suspects dead.
Yemeni terror chief warns US: ‘Your security has broken away’ The military leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula warns that American leaders should respect the security of other countries.
Human Rights Groups
Qatar: Abolish Exit Visas for Migrant Workers Human Rights Watch calls on the Qatari government to abolish the abusive practice that exposes foreign employees to exploitation and unfair treatment.
Kuwait and Qatar – Freedom of Expression in danger The Gulf Center for Human Rights expresses concerns about the jail sentence of a Kuwaiti blogger and about a proposed law that could criminalize online activists.
In harm’s way – Bahraini children jailed in adult prisons Amnesty International deplores the imprisonment of children in adult prisons.
الاعتداء على عيسى قاسم: هل يخسر ملك البحرين المعتدلين في المعارضة؟
Abbas Bousafwan examines the repercussions of the police raid of Sheikh Issa Qasim`s house last week.
ما بعد عبدالله: صراع أجنحة مفتوح في السعودية
Fouad al-Ibrahim examines the question of succession among the Saudi royal family.
اليمن مصلوب على رافعة سعودية
Mona Safwan writes on the public hanging of five Yemenis in Saudi Arabia last week.
الحرب الطائفية تقترب من لبنان والخليج ايضا
An editorial on the possibility of a civil war in Lebanon and the Gulf countries due to the Syrian crisis.
`الجزيرة` تسعى للحفاظ على دورها في ظل مشهد اعلامي عربي متغير
A news report on Al Jazeera`s efforts to sustain a high percentage of viewers in the face of criticism for its support of an Islamist current.
بيان تضامني مع أديبين يمنيين
Arab writers sign a solidarity statement, expressing concerns over the safety of two Yemeni literary figures who received death threats from extremists.
صفوف طويلة امام مقر ترحيل مخالفي الاقامة في العاصمة السعودية الرياض
A news report on foreign workers in Saudi Arabia who are forming long lines in front of a government building to sort out their paperwork.