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Regional and International Relations
Report: Saudis might help Israel attack Iran in exchange for progress in peace process A news report on European sources, which claim that the Saudis expressed their willingness to cooperate with Israel on Iran.
Saudi man convicted in connection with 1998 bombings of US embassies A US federal court convicts Khalid al-Fawwaz on four conspiracy counts.
Sharif Mobley: lawyers for man missing in Yemeni prison say US left him behind Spencer Ackerman reports on Sharif Mobley, whose lawyer has not seen him for a year.
Mohammed Emwazi `the best employee we ever had`, says former boss in Kuwait Martin Chulov writes on the Kuwaiti-born London Emwazi, who is an executioner for the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
Reports and Opinions
Oman to Deliver Verdict for Activist in March: Rights Group An Omani court will deliver its verdict this month in the trial of Saeed Jaddad.
Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty Raif Badawi’s wife says that judges want him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy.
Saudi Arabia gives top prize to cleric who blames George Bush for 9/11 King Salman awards the King Faisal international prize to Zakir Naik, who called the September 11, 2001 attacks an “inside job.”
World Cup 2022: the when, why and what of a winter Qatar tournament Owen Gibson reports on a FIFA task force’s recommendation that the 2022 World Cup should be held between late November and late December.
Whether in June or November, Qatar’s World Cup is about death and money Simon Jenkins writes on the corruption of FIFA.
27 Die of MERS in February in Saudi Arabia A news report on the death toll from MERS.
Repression in Bahrain
Bahrain: Bomb Blast Damages Mosque as Police Captures “Terrorist Cell” A news report on an explosion inside a mosque in Bahrain.
Three Bahrain Shia sentences to death over bombing A Bahraini court sentences three citizens to death over a bomb attack last year that killed three policemen.
John Legend Rejects Calls to Cancel Bahrain Show Over Rights Abuses Bahraini activists express concern over John Legend’s plan to perform in Bahrain.
Crisis in Yemen
Yemen kidnap: French woman seized in capital Sanaa The French foreign ministry announces that gunmen kidnapped a French woman in Sanaa.
Yemen ex-leader Saleh ‘amassed up to $60bn’ – UN probe UN experts say that the former Yemeni president is suspected of amassing billions of dollars.
Yemen`s Hadi Withdraws Resignation as Houthis Say He Lost Legitimacy The Houthis announce that Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi has lost legitimacy as a president.
Analysis: Can Hadi lead Yemen out of crisis? Gamal Gasim argues that Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi may be able to tip the balance of power in Yemen.
Hadi`s comeback a game changer in Yemen Saeed Al Batati reflects on Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s comeback to the political scene.
Yemen`s Houthis in deadly clashes with Baida tribesmen Several people die in clashes between the Houthis and tribesmen in al-Baida.
South Yemen tribes on alert despite Houthi assurances A news report on the political scene in the restive south.
Opposing Factions Stage Rallies Across Yemen as US Drone Strike Kills 3 A news report on the latest US drone strike in Yemen.
Yemen’s Hadi meet UN Envoy in Aden Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi meets with Jamal Benomar in Aden.
How the story of two fires reveals the UAE’s great inequities Brian Murphy writes on the differences in the responses to two fires in the United Arab Emirates, both populated by foreign workers, one in a luxury skyscraper, and the other one in a tire shop.
Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed Owen Gibson and Pete Pattisson report that Nepalese migrants have died at the rate of one every two days in 2014.
Bahrain: Bahrain13 on hunger strike protesting ill-treatment of minors in prison; Hussain Jawad abused in detention The Gulf Center for Human Rights expresses concern over abuse and torture while in detention in Bahrain.
NGOs Condemn Use of Death Penalty amid Allegations of Severe Torture The Bahrain Center for Human Rights, along with another three organizations, deplores a Bahraini court’s decision to sentence three citizens to death.
الحوثيون: هادي فاقد للشرعية ومطلوب للعدالة
The Houthis assert that Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi is no longer the legitimate president of Yemen.
هادي يدفع باتجاه قيام سلطتين
Ali Hijaz argues that Yemen has two centers of power following the flight of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi to Aden.
الخليج مع هادي وعدن «عاصمة بديلة»
A news report on the Gulf states’ support of Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, and the emergence of Aden as an alternative capital in Yemen.
الحوثي يتوعّد: السعودية تريد نموذجاً ليبيا
The Houthis’ leader warns that his group will take “firm measures” against internal plotters, who are agitating for outside intervention and sedition.
الزياني في عدن: دول الخليج تُشرعن التقسيم
The general secretary of the Gulf Cooperation Council visits Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in Aden.
جنوح خليجي لـ«شرعنة» عدن مقابل صنعاء
A news report on the Gulf States’ efforts to establish Aden as a legitimate capital.
كيري واليمن: إيران فوجئت وساهمت وتأمل بالحوار
The US secretary of state accuses Iran of supporting the Houthis in Yemen.
الحوثي في مواجهة تكتّل الخصوم
Abdullah Zughaib analyzes the challenges facing the leader of the Houthis.
السفير السعودي يلتقي هادي: ندعمه لأنه يمثل الشرعية الدستورية
The Saudi ambassador to Yemen visits Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi in Aden, and asserts that the latter represents constitutional legitimacy.
هادي: صنعاء «عاصمة محتلة» وما قام به الحوثيون «انقلاب»
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi announces that Sanna is “an occupied capital.”
طهران: إثارة الحرب من عدن.. خطأ استراتيجي
Tehran says that stirring war from Aden is a strategic mistake.
«أنصار الله» تكسر «العزلة»: إلى طهران وموسكو دُر!
The Houthis send two delegates to Tehran and Moscow in their efforts to challenge the intervention of the Gulf states and western powers in Yemen’s affairs.
"مجتهد": السعودية تواجه أزمة داخلية و"داعش"
Mujtahid warns that Saudi Arabia faces both an internal crisis and threats from the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
ثلاثة إعدامات و7 مؤبدات على معارضين بحرينيين
A Bahraini court sentences three Bahraini opposition members to death and another seven to life in prison.
رفض تحرير سلمان و«الوفاق» تلوح بـ«توسيع الأزمة»
Bahraini authorities refuse to release Ali Salman.
الفيصل وشكري: التنسيق تام في مواجهة «الإرهاب»
The Saudi and Egyptian foreign ministers assert their commitment to fighting terrorism.
محمد بن نايف يلتقي كاميرون اليوم
The Saudi deputy crown prince meets with the British prime minister during his visit to London.
أوباما يبحث مع أمير قطر أوضاع سوريا واليمن والعراق
The US president discusses the situation in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen with the Qatari emir.
أردوغان والسيسي في الرياض: تحالف إقليمي جديد
Hassani Mahali examines the implication of a new regional alliance following visits to Riyadh made by the Turkish and Egyptian presidents.
حراك ديبلوماسي على خط القاهرة ـ الرياض
Ahmed Allam examines the diplomatic movement between Riyadh and Cairo.
السعودية: تقسيم اليمن وقوات مشتركة إسلامية
A news report on Saudi Arabia’s efforts to establish joint Islamic troops to serve in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and Libya.
ضغوط سعودية لمصالحة مصريّة ــ إخوانية
Ahmed Sulaiman writes on Saudi Arabia’s pressure to reconcile the Egyptian regime and the Muslim Brotherhood.