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Regional and International Relations
Qatar recalls Cairo envoy over Egyptian suggestion Doha supports terrorism The relations between Cairo and Doha deteriorate over Libya strikes.
On Edge, Persian Gulf Monarchies Step Up Defense Spending Robert Wall and Rory Jones examine the Gulf states’ purchases of military equipment.
Persian Gulf Council Retracts Statement Defending Qatar David Kirkpatrick reports on discord between Qatar and the rest of the Gulf states.
Reports and Opinions
Kuwait court hands down two years jail sentence for insulting emir A Kuwaiti appeals court sentences Mussallam al-Barrak, a former member of parliament, to two years on charges of insulting the emir.
Hassan al-Thawadi: `A clear bias` against Qatar The official in charge of the Qatar World Cup discusses allegations of FIFA bidding corruption and migrant workers’ conditions.
Cinemaless Saudi Arabia`s second film festival opens A news report on the second film festival in Saudi Arabia.
Fire rips through Torch skyscraper in Dubai A news report on a fire which swept through the Torch skyscraper.
As Death Toll Surges, Saudi Authorities Warn of Seasonal Increase in MERS The Saudi authorities warn of a possible increase in MERS cases.
Repression in Bahrain
Bahrain launches criminal investigation against main opposition group The Bahraini regime decides to investigate al-Wifaq National Islamic Society.
Crisis in Yemen
Yemen crisis: Rebel actions ‘illegitimate’, says ex-president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi accuses the Houthis of staging a coup.
Yemen`s western-backed president flees house arrest in Sana`a The ousted Yemeni president flees to Aden.
Analysis: Can Houthis withstand the isolation? Gamal Gasim argues that the Houthis will bend to international pressure if widespread popular protests against them intensify.
Yemen rival parties agree on transitional council Rival parties in Yemen agree to form “people’s transitional council” to find a solution to the current political crisis.
Yemen FX reserves stabilize but borrowing balloons in political crisis Andrew Torchia reports on Yemen’s fiscal health.
Battle lines drawn for a civil war in Yemen Mohammed Ghobari and Noah Browning reflect on the political scene in Yemen.
Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste speaks about time in jail and plans for the future – video Peter Greste speaks about his experience in jail in Egypt.
Mohamed Fahmy hits out at al-Jazeera over its protection of journalists Mohamed Fahmy says that Al Jazeera had its own political agenda during the reign of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Yemen: Security Forces, Militia Abuse Protesters Human Rights Watch deplores the mistreatment of peaceful protesters at the hands of Yemeni security forces and militia.
UAE-Sisters of imprisoned UAE94 activist subjected to enforced disappearance as State Security Apparatus continues to violate human rights The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on the disappearance of Asma Khalifa al-Suwaidi, Maryam Khalifa al-Suwaidi, and Alyaziyah Khalifa al-Suwaidi.
Bahrain: Torture of head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Naji Fateel, and systematic targeting of its members The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on the ill-treatment of Naji Fateel.
Bahrain: Urgent call for the release of Hassan al-Eskafi and consideration for his health condition The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses concern over Hasan Mahdi al-Eskafi’s health.
اليمن: هادي يغادر صنعاء.. ويتراجع عن استقالته
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi withdraws his resignation and flees Sanaa.
أنصار الله لدول الخليج | راجعوا مواقفكم من شعبنا
The Houthis call on the Gulf states to reassess their position towards the Yemeni people.
اليمن على مائدة اللئام
Amer Mohsen discusses the position of the Gulf states towards Yemen.
هادي يطلق شرارةً للتقسيم
Ali Jahiz argues that the Gulf states are playing their last card in Yemen, which is the separation of the south.
الرئيس اليمني يبدأ عملية سياسية مضادة من عدن
The ousted Yemeni president begins to establish his political operations in Aden.
اتفاق بن عمر: «الإعلان الدستوري» ولكن برعاية خارجية
Rival parties in Yemen agree to form “people’s transitional council” to find a solution to the current political crisis.
نجاة قائد عسكري من محاولة اغتيال في حضرموت
A military officer survives an attempt on his life in Hadramawt.
قبائل شبوة في اليمن تغلق حدودها مع البيضاء
The Shabwa tribes close their borders with al-Bayda.
الكويت... وداعاً زمن الحريات؟
Dua’a Suaidan reports on the Kuwaiti authorities’ crackdown on the press in the country.
الكويت: الحكم على البراك يحيي المواجهة بين الحكومة والمعارضة
A Kuwaiti appeals court sentences Mussallam al-Barrak, a former member of parliament, for two years on charges of insulting the emir.
مجتهد يتناول "تهور" محمد بن سلمان
Mujtahid describes Mohammed bin Salman, son of the Saudi king, as “impulsive.”
محمد بن زايد يقدّم واجب الطاعة لسلمان
The crown prince of Abu Dhabi arrives in Riyadh and meets with King Salman.
قمة سعودية – قطرية في الرياض
A news report on the Qatari emir’s visit to Riyadh.
حركة دبلوماسية تشي بـ«انقلاب» خارجي سعودي
Abdul Rahim Assi analyzes the implication of Gulf leaders visiting Saudi Arabia.
إلى التسوية السعودية ــ الإيرانية... سِر
Bilal Nasser writes on a secret Saudi-Iranian rapprochement.
مات عبد الله بن عبد العزيز وبقي آل سعود
Waal Benjado argues that King Abdullah may have died, but al-Saud remains in power.
البحرين: الحكومة تفتح تحقيقاً ضد الوفاق
The Bahraini regime decides to investigate al-Wifaq National Islamic Society.
اجتماع في الرياض لتقويم مسار «الحرب»...والسيسي يدعو إلى تدخل عسكري في ليبيا
Military figures from around the world will meet in Riyadh to discuss the course of the war on the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
العلاقات المصرية ـ السعودية عند مفترق طرق
Mustafa al-Labad reflects on the Saudi-Egyptian relations following the murder of Egyptians in Sirt at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
آشتون كاتر في الكويت اليوم لبحث سبل التصدي لـداعش
The US secretary of defense meets with US military officers and diplomats in Kuwait to discuss ways to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
مصر وقطر: عودة التوتر
The relations between Egypt and Qatar deteriorate again.
أوباما يستقبل تميم غداً:تعويم جديد للدور القطري؟
The Qatari emir will meet the US president during his visit to Washington this week.
الأردن: أمير الكويت في زيارة إلى المملكة... والبرلمان يناقش قانون الموازنة
The Kuwaiti emir will visit Jordan this week.