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Regional and International Relations
State Department Taking Passports Away from Yemeni-Americans The Middle East Research and Information Project asks staff attorneys at the National Security and Civil Rights Program about the US embassy’s confiscation of dozens of Yemeni-Americans’ passports in Sanaa.
UK weapons trump human rights in Israel and Saudi Arabia alike Richard Norton-Taylor examines the UK’s role in supplying arms to Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Saudi king grants Sisi medal of honour King Abdullah presents the Egyptian president with the highest medal of honor in the kingdom.
Saudis give UN $100m `to fight terrorism` Saudi Arabia donates one hundred million dollars to help finance a UN center for fighting global terrorism.
Saudi Arabia says Israel’s Gaza wars fuelled by Muslim disunity The Saudi regime blames the Israeli attack on Gaza on disunity among Muslim states.
Saudi Arabia, Kuwait to abide by U.N. blacklisting of citizens The Saudi and Kuwaiti regimes agree to comply with a UN resolution aimed at stopping the funding of militant groups in Syria and Iraq after the names of four of their citizens appeared on a blacklist.
Kuwait detains cleric US suspects of militant financing Kuwait detains a prominent Sunni cleric, whose name appeared on a US sanctions list, upon his return from pilgrimage.
GCC envoys to return to Qatar ‘soon’ - Oman Foreign Minister Yousuf Bin Alawi predicts that all the problems between members of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be solved soon.
Reports and Opinions
Top Saudi cleric calls for code of conduct to curb violence A top Saudi cleric calls for a global code of conduct for leaders, scholars, and young people to prevent the region from sliding into violence.
Two Saudis beheaded for murdering compatriots Two Saudi men were beheaded in the kingdom last week, bringing the number of beheadings this year to twenty-eight.
Saudi Arabia beheads four men for smuggling hashish Four men, convicted of smuggling hashish, were decapitated by sword in Najran, brining the number of beheadings to thirty-two.
Lashes for Saudi woman who called morality police liars A judge upholds the sentence of a month in jail and fifty lashes for a woman convicted of insulting the morality police.
‘Supercar’ invasion sparks backlash London’s “supercar season” is in full swing as young millionaires from the Gulf states spend the summer there.
Charity fridge quenches thirst Some rich families and businesses in Qatar to continue replenishing their large display fridges with refreshments and snacks after the end of Ramadan.
39% of public employees in Saudi Arabia are women A news report on the percentage of women working in the public sector in the kingdom.
Crisis in Yemen
Yemen girl, 12, escapes abusive marriage A young girl flees to the police in Taiz to seek divorce from a fifty-five-year-old abusive husband.
Tens of thousands in Yemen Al Houthi protest Thousands of Yemenis respond to a Houthi commander’s call and join an anti-government rally in Sanaa.
Suspected al-Qaida militants killed in Yemen drone and air strikes A drone attack kills three al-Qa‘ida suspects in Hadramawt, but no details are given on whether it was a Yemeni or US drone.
3 Yemeni soldiers, 2 militants killed Several militants and soldiers were killed or injured during an attack in Hadramawt.
Yemeni Qaeda leader hails Islamic State`s gains in Iraq A top leader of al-Qa‘ida’s Yemeni branch hails the Islamic State’s seizure of Iraqi territory.
Yemen`s AQAP calls on Islamists to target America after Iraq air strikes Al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula calls upon Islamists to target the United States following Washington’s decision to launch air strikes in Iraq against the Islamic State.
Plot to kill former Yemeni president with bomb in tunnel under compound foiled –aide An aide to the former Yemeni president says that his security team has uncovered a plot to kill him.
Yemen reforms corruption-ridden public payroll Saeed Al Batati reports on a new biometric registration system for military personnel, which aims to curb corruption in Yemen.
Statelessness and Citizenship
`Revoke passports` of Kuwait nationals who misbehave abroad – lawmakers Two Kuwaiti lawmakers call for the revocation of the passports of nationals who harm the reputation of the country abroad.
Qatar pledges to end naturalisation of GCC citizens: Report A news report on Qatar’s decision to stop granting citizenship to nationals from Gulf states.
Saudi Arabia’s stateless given special cards Saudi authorities issue special cards to the bidoon in the kingdom, ones that are similar to residency permits given to expatriates there.
Saudi Arabia considers revoking citizenships The Saudi regime is considering denaturalizing citizens who pose a threat to national security.
Saudi Arabia: Imprisoned Activist Dragged, Beaten Human Rights Watch condemns the treatment of Waleed Abu al-Khair, a Saudi human rights activists who was arrested in April.
Saudi Arabia: Outrageous sentence against Shi’a cleric shows disturbing pattern of harassment Amnesty International urges the Saudi authorities to release a Shia religious scholar, who is sentenced to jail for eight years.
Bahrain: Put An End To The Systematic Surveillance Practices On Activists And Human Rights Defenders The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its concerns over violation of the rights of privacy in Bahrain.
الكويت | سحب الجنسية الكويتية من عشرة أشخاص
Kuwaiti authorities denaturalize ten nationals for posing a threat to the security of the state.
المؤبد لـ 14 بحرينياً بتهمة قتل شرطي
Fourteen Bahrainis are sentenced to life in prison on charges of killing a policeman in Sutra.
معارضة البحرين: التجنيس السياسي إبادة جماعية
The Bahraini opposition criticizes the regime’s policy of “political naturalization,” which aims to change the demography of the country.
العفو الدولية تطلب من السعودية الافراج عن رجل دين شيعي حكم عليه بالسجن
Amnesty International urges Saudi authorities to release a Shia religious scholar, who is sentenced to jail for eight years.
مصر | إشكاليات زيارة السيسي السعودية: من «الانحناءة» والاعتمار إلى التحالفات الاستراتيجية
Ahmed Jamal al-Din analyzes the problematic aspects of the Egyptian president’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
أبعاد جديدة للارتباط المصري-السعودي: مواجهة التشدد و«تصحيح صورة الإسلام»
A news report on the new dimensions of the Egyptian-Saudi alliance, which focuses on fighting terrorism and “correcting the picture of Islam.”
زيارة الرئيس السيسي لجدة تؤكد تحالفا سعوديا مصريا لمواجهة الإرهاب والاضطرابات في المنطقة
Sulaiman Nimr argues that the new Egyptian-Saudi alliance aims to confront the recent developments in the region.
العاهل السعودي يلتقي عاهل الأردن في جدة اليوم لبحث دور عمان في الحلف المصري السعودي الجديد
The Saudi king meets the Jordanian king in Jeddah to discuss the role of Amman in the new Saudi-Egyptian alliance.
توقعات بشن الجيش اليمني حربا ضد «القاعدة» في حضرموت جنوبي البلاد
A military expert expects that the Yemeni army will wage a war against al-Qa‘ida in Hadramawt.
اليمن: هادي يتخلى عن حلفائه الذين صعّدوه إلى السلطة وينسج علاقات جديدة مع الحوثيين والحراك الجنوبي وأتباع صالح
Khalid al-Hamadi examines the Yemeni president’s efforts to build alliances with the Houthis, the southern movement, and loyalists of the former president.
اليمن: 28 قتيلاً بعبوة واشتباكات
Twenty-eight Yemenis died last week in explosions and clashes between Houthi fighters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.
اليمن: مقتل 9 في اشتباكات
Six al-Qa‘ida suspects and three soldiers died during clashes in Hadramawt.
اليمن: اللجنة الأمنية في حضرموت تدعو السكان إلى تجنب السير ليلا
The security committee in Hadramawt urges residents to avoid going out at night.
اليمن | «الحوثيّون» نحو «احتلال صنعاء... سلمياً
A news report on the Houthis’ efforts “to occupy Sanaa peacefully.”
«القاعدة» في اليمن يشيد بـ«الدولة الإسلامية»
Al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula praises the Islamic State’s victories in Iraq.
اليمن ينزلق تدريجيا نحو حرب أهلية وطائفية
Khalid al-Hamadi argues that Yemen is sliding into a civil and sectarian war.
سجينٌ سعودي بين قتلى "داعش" في ريف حلب
A Saudi man who fought for the Islamic State in Syria is among those killed in an Aleppo suburb.
مباركة سعودية ـ إيرانية لتكليف العبادي
Saudi Arabia and Iran approve of Haidar al-Abadi as the next Iraqi prime minister.
حروب الوكالة بين تركيا والسعودية فتحت الباب أمام الظاهرة الجهادية
Ibrahim Darwish argues that the proxy wars between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have opened up the region to the Jihadi phenomenon.
السعودية تواجه استحقاقات ما بعد حرب غزة
Said al-Shihabi analyzes potential changes in Western governments’ policies towards Gulf states, and especially Saudi Arabia, following the Israeli attack on Gaza.
وزير سعودي ينفي نية بلاده تطبيق التجنيد الإلزامي
The Saudi Minister of the National Guard denies that the regime intends to introduce obligatory military service.
السعودية وراء إنشاء وتمويل مركز الأمم المتحدة لمكافحة الإرهاب
Saudi Arabia donates one hundred million dollars to help finance a UN center for fighting global terrorism.
التعاون الخليجي يرفض اتهامات إسرائيل لقطر بدعم الإرهاب
The foreign ministers of Gulf states reject Israel’s accusation that Qatar is supporting terrorism.