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Regional and International Relations
The Gulf and Lebanon: Is It a Declaration of War? Ibrahim al-Amin argues that the Gulf Cooperation Council’s threats to forbid the Lebanese Shia from working in the region aim to exert pressure on Hezbollah to withdraw from Syria.
Saudi Arabia Eurofighter talks back on track Carola Hoyos reports on the expectations that BAE Systems will conclude price negotiations to send seventy-two Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets to Saudi Arabia.
Reports and Opinions
Saudi Arabia arrests dozens in protest over prisoners: activists Sami Aboudi reports on the arrest of Saudis who demonstrated in the city of Buraidah to demand the freedom of their detained relatives.
Qatari leaders signal they are ready to change guard Michael Stephens examines the implications of the planned succession in the Gulf state.
Qatar leadership change would hearld little shift in policy Regan Doherty analyzes why the planned departure of the Qatari emir will not result in change in policies, especially regarding investments and support for the Arab uprisings.
Kuwait court dissolves parliament; elections ahead Hussain al-Qatari argues that the constitutional court’s decision to dissolve the current parliament can indicate a new wave of political showdowns.
Kuwait court orders dissolution of parliament Sylvia Westall and Mahmoud Harby write on the recent political changes in Kuwait.
Identity Politics in Kuwait’s Power Struggle Mona Kareem argues that Kuwaiti political struggles should be approached within an identity politics framework, rather than through social division.
Yemen: Crackdown on Protest Leaves 13 Dead Human Rights Watch condemns the use of force against protesters last week, which left thirteen dead in Sanaa.
UAE 94 Summary of Trial Observations The Emirates Center for Human Rights publishes observations on the trials of the ninety-four Emirati dissidents, who appeared before the Federal Supreme Court in March.
Gulf Shi`ites fear rising sectarian rhetoric over Syria Sami Aboudi reflects on the anxiety of Shia Muslims over the fiery sectarian discourse of some Sunni clerics.
Saudi Arabia beheads man for smuggling pills A news report on the beheading of a Syrian national in Jawf.
Saudi Arabia jails two women for helping friend leave husband A news report on the ten-month jail sentences of two women for helping a friend "defy her husband’s authority.”
Repression in Bahrain
Nabeel Rajab Writes Letter to IFEX from Prison The detained human rights activist writes to the International Federation for Expression Exchange thanking them for their support.
Maryam AlKhawaja at TedxSOAS The Bahraini activist discusses the importance of defending human rights in her country.
Bahrain arrests `Iran-linked` cyber group A news report on the arrest of members of the February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition for allegedly having links to Iran.
Bahrain: As Culture of Impunity Continues, Police Officer Leaks Video Interrogating a Youth The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses concern over the treatment of detainees following the leak of an interrogation video.
Bahrain: Defaming Defendants in the Official Media before the Fair Trial Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights condemns the broadcasting of the names and photos of defendants in security cases, arguing this step can turn the public opinion against them.
Bahraini citizen `disappears` in UAE prison system A news report on Salah Yafai, who was arrested in April for his membership in a conservative religious society and for his tweets in support of jailed dissidents in the United Arab Emirates.
Bahrain activist freed in UAE after two months A news report on the release of Salah Yafai following concerns over his safety.
Saudi Arabia: Work woes Vijay Prashad examines the high unemployment rate among young Saudis and the plight of foreign workers in the kingdom.
Indonesian workers stranded in Saudi Arabia Step Vaessen reports on the legal predicaments of undocumented Indonesian workers in the kingdom.
Economic, social pressures behind Kuwait crackdown on foreign workers Sylvia Westall and Ahmed Hagagy write on the deportation of thousands of Asian workers who do not have legal work permits or have traffic offences.
Two suicides in four hours … Aniqa Haider writes on the suicides of two Indian workers in Bahrain.
Al Jazeera website wins award A news report on Al Jazeera English’s The Syrian Defector Tracker, an interactive visualization graph, and The Stream receiving awards at Online Media Awards, held in London.
Saudi Arabia plans to block WhatsApp within weeks Amena Bakr reports on the Saudi regime’s recent decision to block the popular instant messaging service provider in the country.
ولي عهد السعودية يشكر القرضاوي
Saudi Arabia`s Crown Prince thanks Youssef al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian Islamic theologian, for his strict position towards Shia fanatics, such as Hezbollah.
أمير قطر يستعد لتوريث تميم … والضحية حمد بن جاسم
Muamar Attawi examines the question of succession in Qatar.
هادي يعيد اليمن إلى المربع الأول
Jamal Jubran argues that the way the Yemeni president has dealt with the Houthis and the southern problem has brought Yemen back to square one.
اليمن: حملة عسكرية على "القاعدة" في حضرموت
A news report on a military campaign against al-Qaeda fighters in Hadramaut.
ناشطة سعودية تقول إن المرأة في بلادها أقل أهمية من إشارات المرور
The activist, Haifa Khalid, deplores the condition of women in Saudi Arabia.
البحرين: القبض على بعض قادة ائتلاف 14 شباط
A news report on on the arrest of members of the February 14 Revolution Youth Coalition for allegedly trying to topple the regime.
شيعة الخليج يخشون علو النبرة الطائفية بسبب أحداث سورية
Sami Aboudi reflects on the anxiety of Shia Muslims over the fiery sectarian discourse of some Sunni clerics.
التورط البحريني في سوريا … الدلالات والمخاطر
Abbas Bousafwan writes on the Bahraini involvement in Syria.
بغداد والكويت نحو إخراج العراق من الفصل السابع
A news report on the Kuwaiti-Iraqi efforts to solve all the remaining issues dating back to the invasion of Kuwait in 1991.