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Regional and International Relations
Saudi Arabia warns of more Yemen violence Riyadh urges the immediate implementation of the peace deal between the Houthis and the Yemeni government.
Saudi Arabia, Iran and the `Great Game` in Yemen Martin Reardon analyzes the impact of Saudi-Iranian rivalry on developments in Yemen.
Gulf Arabs demand return of state authority in Yemen The Gulf states call for the restoration of government authority in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia fears Yemeni tumult may boost its main foe Iran Angus McDowall analyzes Saudi Arabia’s fear of the increasing role of Iran in Yemen.
Saudi faces double threat in Yemen A news report on how the Houthis’ control of Sanaa has benefitted Iran and strengthened al-Qaeda.
New US marines unit to open in Kuwait The US Marine Corps deploys more than two thousand troops to Kuwait for a new unit charged with responding to crises in the region.
Joe Biden apologises to UAE for Syria extremist comments The US vice president apologizes to the United Arab Emirates after suggesting it has supported extremist groups in Syria.
Biden calls Saudi Arabia after diplomatic gaffe Joe Biden speaks to the Saudi foreign minister and “clarifies” his remarks that Saudi Arabia supported extremist groups in Syria.
Qatar does not pay ransom to militants, minister says The Qatari foreign minister asserts that his country has not paid any ransom in its mediations to release people kidnapped by “extremist” groups in Syria.
UK police to be asked to investigate torture claims against Bahraini prince A high court in London decides that a Bahraini prince is not immune from legal action.
Qatar is top donor as $5bn is pledged to rebuild Gaza Qatar donates one billion dollars towards the rebuilding of Gaza.
Tzipi Livni: Israel shares same “values” as “moderate” Saudi Arabia Ali Abunimah reports on the Israeli justice minister’s description of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states as “moderate.”
Berlin ‘approves new arms exports to Arab states’ Germany has approved the sale of weapons to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Why is Saudi Arabia flooding the oil market? Hassan Chakranii analyzes Saudi Arabia’s role in the drop in the prices of oil during the last few weeks.
UAE urged to reveal fate of Qatari men The Arab Organization for Human Rights in the UK urges the Emirati authorities to disclose the whereabouts of two Qatari nationals who were arrested on their arrival in the Emirates three months ago.
Reports and Opinions
Kuwait revokes citizenship of 18 people The Kuwaiti authorities revoke the nationality of eighteen people who allegedly held dual citizenship.
Kuwait former speaker charged with attempting to topple the regime The Kuwaiti public prosecutor charges Jasem al-Khorafi with attempting to topple the regime.
Saudi policeman wounded in Eastern Province Gunmen shot and injured a policeman in the town of al-Awamiya.
Repression in Bahrain
Bahraini activist arrested over tweets about Isis Saeed Kamali Dehghan reports on the arrest of Nabil Rajab.
Bahrain activist to stand trial on defamation charge Nabil Rajab is accused of insulting the ministries of defense and interior affairs.
Bahrain court lifts travel ban on leading activist A Bahraini court lifts the travel ban on Maryam al-Khawaja.
Nine Bahraini Shias stripped of nationality A Bahraini court sentences nine nationals to life and revokes their citizenship on charges of smuggling weapons to be used in “terrorist acts.”
Bahraini critics face threat of statelessness Hyder Iftikhar Abbassi reports on new amendments to Bahrain’s Citizenship Law, which gives power to the interior ministry to revoke activists’ citizenship.
Bahrain opposition groups announce elections boycott The Bahraini opposition announces that it will boycott the parliamentary elections in November.
Crisis in Yemen
Southern Yemen After the Fall of Sanaa Susanne Dahlgren examines southern Yemenis’ views of the fall of Sanaa.
Yemen: On brink of civil war or dissolution? Adam Baron reflects on the future of Yemen in light of the fall of Sanaa to the Houthis.
Q&A: What do the Houthis want? Al Jazeera English interviews a member of the Houthi movement on the group’s demands.
Yemen is being reshaped by rebellion and intrigue Brian Whitaker analyzes the current political scene in Yemen.
In Yemen, `no one is in charge` Peter Salisbury argues that the peace deal in Yemen in hanging in the balance after the Houthis rejected the president’s choice of a prime minister.
Divided south Yemen separatists vow to achieve independence Saeed Al-Batati writes on the secessionist movement in southern Yemen.
Yemen`s PM-designate rejects nomination Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak declines to serve as Yemen’s next prime minister following protests from the Houthis against his appointment.
Houthis dictate state spending in absence of Yemen government The Houthi rebels order the finance ministry to suspend all payments except salaries to state employment.
After Yemen capital, Al Houthis eye key strait, oilfields Al-Houthi rebels seek to strengthen their grip by controlling Bab Al Mandeb and oilfields.
Scores dead in Yemen suicide attacks More than sixty people are killed in attacks on a Houthi gathering in Sanaa and on an army base in Hadramawt.
Al Qaeda in Yemen says it executes 14 soldiers Al-Qaeda posts a video purportedly showing the execution of fourteen soldiers in Yemen.
Al Qaeda attacks south Yemen town of al-Bayda, four soldiers killed Al-Qaeda militants attack security and government buildings in al-Bayda.
Isis militants: Twitter provides one of the few forums in which Saudis can discuss what they really feel - and it says they blame the clergy for Isis Patrick Cockburn reflects on how ordinary Saudis are expressing their views of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria on Twitter.
‘Selfies’ frowned upon, but technology is transforming the Haj Carol Williams writes on how technological advances have transformed the experience of pilgrimage at the mosques of Mecca and Medina.
Bahrain: Free Nabeel Rajab Immediately and Unconditionally The Gulf Center for Human Rights calls upon the Bahrain authorities to immediately release Nabil Rajab.
Bahrain: Journalist and blogger Ahmed Radhi detained hours after criticizing the regime over Twitter The Bahrain Center for Human Rights condemns the arrest of Ahmed Radhi for exposing human rights abuses.
UAE: Reveal Whereabouts of ‘Disappeared’ Libyans Human Rights Watch urges the Emirati authorities to disclose the whereabouts of ten detained Libyans.
Bahrain: Rights Activist Detained Human Rights Watch deplores the arrest of Nabil Rajab.
Muzzling dissent: Saudi Arabia’s efforts to choke civil society Amnesty International expresses concerns over the ill-treatment of peaceful human rights activists in Saudi Arabia.
البحرين: السجن المؤبد لـ9 معارضين
A Bahraini court sentences nine opposition figures to life after stripping them of their citizenship.
اعتقال الناشط الحقوقي البحريني نبيل رجب
Bahrain’s security forces arrested the human rights activist Nabil Rajab upon his arrival in Bahrain two weeks ago over tweets considered “insulting” to security forces.
السلطة لا تتعظ: اعتقال نبيل رجب
Khalil Harb argues that the arrest of Nabil Rajab shows that the Bahraini authorities will not change the way it deals with activists.
منظمتان حقوقيتان تطالبان بالإفراج عن نبيل رجب
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch call upon the Bahraini authorities to immediately release Nabil Rajab.
إحالة نبيل رجب للمحاكمة بتهمة إهانة هيئة رسمية
A Bahraini court formally charges Nabil Rajab with “insulting an official institution.”
البحرين ترفع منع السفر عن مريم الخواجة
The Bahrain authorities lift the travel ban on the activist Maryam al-Khawaja.
محكمة بريطانية تسقط حصانة ابن ملك البحرين
A British court annuls the immunity of the Bahraini king’s son, which opens the door to his trial on charges of “torturing opposition figures.”
البحرين تنفي ضلوع نجل الملك في التعذيب
Bahrain denies report that the king’s son has been involved in torture sessions.
المعارضة البحرينية تقاطع الانتخابات
The Bahraini opposition announces that it will boycott the parliamentary elections in November.
معنى أن تسقط صنعاء تحت أعين الجميع
Fahmi Huwaidi analyzes the implication of the fall of Sanaa to the Houthis a few weeks ago.
صنعاء: تظاهرة تطالب بخروج المسلحين
Hundreds of Yemenis demonstrate in Sanaa, demanding that the Houthi militants leave the capital.
"التعاون الخليجي": لن نقف مكتوفي الأيدي في اليمن
The interior minsters of the Gulf Cooperation Council condemn the Houthis’ control of Sanaa.
السعودية تدعو إلى تطبيق اتفاق السلام في اليمن
The Saudi foreign ministers call for the implementation of the peace accord in Yemen.
القاعدة في جزيرة العرب يدعو إلى استهداف الحوثيين
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula urges its fighters to launch attacks against the Houthis in Yemen.
«القاعدة» يدشّن حرباً مذهبيةً مع «أنصار الله»
Ahmed al-Zarqa writes on the imminent clashes between the Houthis and al-Qadia militants in Yemen.
إخوان اليمن: من السلطة إلى الشارع
Ahmed al-Zarqa reflects on the role of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen following their defeat at the hands of the Houthis.
أنصار الله يضمّ مناطق جديدة
Jamal Jubran writes on the Houthis’ expansion, and their control over areas outside Sanaa.
التجربة الحوثية تحيي «حلم» الجنوبيين بالاستقلال
Yassir al-Yafi’ argues that the success of the Houthis has revived southern Yemenis’ hopes of independence.
الحوثيون يرفضون تعيين بن مبارك رئيساً للحكومة اليمنية
The Houthis reject the appointment of Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak, a close associate of the Yemeni president, as a prime minister.
الحوثي يدعو الى الاحتجاج: واشنطن فرضت تعيين بن مبارك
The Houthi leader asserts that the United States has imposed the appointment of bin Mubarak as a prime minister.
أنصار الله ترفض مرشح هادي لرئاسة الحكومة
Jamal Jubran argues that the Houthis’ rejection of bin Mubarak as a prime minister reflects its intention to control Yemen’s political scene.
اليمن: "أنصار الله" توافق على تسمية بحاح لتشكيل الحكومة
The Houthis agrees to the nomination of Khalid Mahfouz Bahah as a prime minister.
اليمن: عشرات القتلى والجرحى في هجومين منفصلين نُسبا إلى القاعدة
At least sixty-three people are killed in a double attack by al-Qaeda militants on the Houthis in Sanaa and the army in Hadramawt.
الحوثي: لتطهير الأجهزة الأمنية من عناصر تخدم الخارج
The Houthis’ leader asserts that the military and security forces are infiltrated by “criminal groups serving foreign interests” following the double suicide in Sanaa and Hadramawt.
السعودية: إصابة شرطي بالرصاص في العوامية
Gunmen shot and injured a Saudi policeman in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.
السوق تغرق في النفط السعودي: تكسير أسعار أم ضغوط سياسية؟
Hassan Chakranii analyzes Saudi Arabia’s role in the drop in the prices of oil during the last few weeks.
تحالف الشيزوفرينيا: الأمير والملك
Khalil Harb describes the alliance of the Bahraini king and the Qatari emir in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria as “the alliance of schizophrenia.”
دولة قطر... وهبوط المنطاد العالي
Abdul al-Mouin Zuraiq analyzes Qatar’s dwindling role in the region.
قطر: لا ندفع فدية لأحد
The Qatari foreign minister asserts that his country has not paid any ransom in its mediations to release people kidnapped by “extremist” groups in Syria.
حب محرّم: المملكة والجيش الحر!
Abdul Rahman Jasim examines reports that Saudi Arabia will train the Syrian Free Army.
مفتي السعودية: لضرب «داعش» بيد من حديد
Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti calls upon leaders of the Muslim countries to deal with the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria with “an iron fist.”
ملك السعودية يتعهد بالقضاء على الإرهاب
The Saudi king pledges to defeat terrorism.
بندر بن سلطان يتعرّض للسرقة
Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia’s former head of the intelligence agency, is robbed in Morocco.
وثائق أميركية: 20 قطرياً يموّلون الإرهاب
The US treasury department publishes documents that show twenty Qatari nationals are involved in funding terrorist groups.
الإمارات تطالب بايدن بتوضيح رسمي
The United Arab Emirates asks the US vice president for official clarifications following his announcement that some of the United States allies support “jihadist” groups
بايدن يعتذر من الإمارات وتركيا بعد اتهامهما بدعم الجهاديين
The US vice president apologies to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey after he accuses them of funding "jihadist" groups in Syria.
بايدن يعتذر للسعودية
Joe Biden apologizes to Saudi Arabia for accusing it of supporting "jihadist" groups in Syria.
السعودية: على إيران سحب قواتها "المحتلة" من سوريا
The Saudi foreign minister says that Iran needs to withdraw its “occupying” forces from Syria.
السعودية وإيران: انتقال السلطة إذ يقترب
Mustafa al-Labad reflects on the Saudi-Iranian relations in light of imminent political transitions in both countries.