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Regional and International Relations
Sales of weapons to Gulf states up 70% over five years Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Richard Norton-Taylor report on the Gulf states’ purchases of arms in the last five years.
Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack The Saudi foreign minister rebukes Vladimir Putin and accuses Russia of playing an essential role in the tragedy in Syria.
Saudi Arabia decides to restore ambassador to Sweden: Al Arabiya TV Saudi Arabia decides to send its ambassador back to Sweden.
Stocks slide, oil prices jump after Yemen air strikes Michael Connor analyzes the impact of the Saudi military operation in Yemen on the price of oil.
Reports and Opinions
Raif Badawi tells of flogging ordeal in letter from Saudi prison Raif Badawi writes a letter from prison on his flogging.
Saudi Arabia to Impose Taxes on Undeveloped Urban Land Ahmed Al Omran reports on Saudi Arabia’s move to impose taxes on undeveloped plots of land in urban areas to tackle the housing shortage problem.
Repression in Bahrain
MOI warns against division, sedition Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior warns that it will take steps against citizens who criticize the Bahraini regime’s involvement in the Saudi-led operation in Yemen.
Crisis in Yemen
Yemen on brink of humanitarian crisis amid rising food shortages, says Unicef Sam Jones maintains that Yemen could suffer “a major humanitarian crisis” if the international community does not help it feed and vaccinate its children.
Yemen strife threatens neighbours too Gamal Gasim argues that the ongoing instability in Yemen will affect the region.
Regional rivalries threaten to tear Yemen apart Iona Craig maintains that foreign agendas could exacerbate the crisis in Yemen.
Yemen crisis talks to be held in Doha, says UN The United Nations envoy to Yemen says last week that UN-brokered talks would be held in Doha.
Yemen: Could looming civil war enable a Saleh comeback? Amel Ahmed analyzes the former Yemeni president’s political power.
Yemen over the edge Martin Reardon argues that no matter who wins in Yemen in the end, al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula will still be there.
Fears growing in Yemen over Houthis` advance to Aden Saeed Al Batati reports on the political situation in Yemen last week as the Houthis began their advance on Aden.
Yemen edges towards all-out civil war as rebels advance on city of Aden Kareem Shaheed analyzes the implication of the Houthis’ advance on Aden.
Yemen president `in safety` as rebels advance A news report on Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi’s whereabouts as the Houthis advance on Aden.
Iran-backed rebels loot Yemen files about U.S. spy operations The Houthis seize secret files held by Yemeni security forces that contain details of US intelligence operations in Yemen.
Yemeni minister urges Gulf Arab military intervention against Houthis The Yemeni foreign minister, Riyadh Yaseen, calls for Gulf Arab military intervention in Yemen to halt the advances of the Houthi fighters.
Saudi Arabia moves military equipment to border with Yemen US officials say that Saudi Arabia is moving heavy military equipment near its border with Yemen.
Yemen protesters killed after Houthi rebels fire bullets and teargas into crowd The Houthis use violence to disperse thousands of protesters in the cities of Taiz and Torba.
Iran-Saudi proxy war in Yemen explodes into region-wide crisis Simon Tisdall argues that Yemen’s undeclared civil war has exploded into a region-wide crisis.
Yemen crisis: Houthi rebels are Iran stooges, says Hadi Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi accuses the Houthis of being Iran’s stooges.
Saudi Arabia launches Yemen air strikes as alliance builds against Houthi rebels Dan Roberts and Kareem Shaheen report on the beginning of Operation Decisive Storm.
Saudi and Arab allies bomb Houthi positions in Yemen A news report on the Saudi-led coalition, which includes the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Pakistan, and Morocco.
Yemen crisis: Dozens killed as warplanes strike Houthi targets in Sanaa, officials say A news report on the death toll of the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen.
Saudis Attack Houthis: Confusion, Foreboding Sheila Carapico analyzes the implication of Saudi Arabia’s military operation in Yemen.
What’s Really Behind the Saudi Attack on Yemen Juan Cole examines Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy under King Salman.
With Yemen strikes, Saudis show growing independence from U.S. Matt Spetalnick, Warren Strobel, and Mark Hosenball argue that Saudi Arabia kept some key details of its military operation in Yemen from Washington until the last minute.
Gulf states consider Yemen ground offensive to halt Houthi rebel advance The Gulf states may begin a ground offensive in Yemen.
Yemen conflict poised to escalate as Egypt says it is ready to send troops Egypt declares that it is ready to send ground troops to Yemen.
Sources: Four Egyptian naval vessels en route to secure Gulf of Aden Egypt sent four naval vessels across the Suez Canal to secure the Gulf of Aden.
Saudis pledge to continue Yemen bombing campaign The Saudi-led coalition vows to continue its military operation in Yemen.
Arab states see a month of Yemen strikes, maybe longer, official says A Gulf diplomat asserts that the military operation in Yemen could last five or six months.
Yemen’s Houthi rebels advance despite Saudi-led air strikes The Houthis make military gains in the south and east on Friday despite the Saudi airstrikes.
Saudi planes pound Yemeni capital in second night of bombing, witnesses say A news report on the second day of airstrikes in Yemen.
The Saudi-Iran powerplay behind the Yemen conflict Nussaibah Younis argues that Riyadh’s decision to launch airstrikes in Yemen will further escalate its rivalry with Tehran.
LIVE: Protest in Sanaa amidst Saudi airstrikes on Yemen A video posted by Russia Today on protests in Yemen against the Saudi airstrikes.
Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis Hamza Hendawi maintains that the Arab summit has ended with a vow to defeat the Houthis.
Yemen strikes will continue until Hadi can rule: Saudi spokesman A Saudi military spokesperson asserts that the airstrikes in Yemen will continue until Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi can rule again.
Pakistan evacuates hundreds during pause in Yemen strikes: Saudi official Pakistan evacuates its citizens in Yemen.
Elite Iranian guards training Yemen`s Houthis: U.S. officials US officials claim that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps personnel have trained and equipped Houthi units.
Saudi Arabia`s Yemen gamble may define its regional role for years Angus McDowall argues that Saudi Arabia’s campaign to stop the Houthis from ruling Yemen could define its role in the Middle East for years.
More teenage recruits as Yemen conflict intensifies, U.N. says Tom Esslemont claims that all warring parties in Yemen are using teenage boys to swell their ranks.
Red Cross urges all sides in Yemen to obey laws of war The International Committee of the Red Cross calls on all sides involved in the conflict in Yemen to respect the rules of war.
Loyalists of former Yemen ruler reject foreign intervention Army officers loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh firmly reject foreign intervention in Yemen.
War in Yemen: Riyadh enters the fray An Economist article on the Saudi attack on Yemen.
Into the Maelstrom: The Saudi-Led Misadventure in Yemen Frederic Wehrey argues that the Saudi operation in Yemen will bolster the popular support of the Houthis and create opportunities for the flourishing of al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria.
Yemen and beyond Marwan Bishara writes on “what we know and don’t know” about the Saudi military operation in Yemen.
What they won`t admit at the Arab Summit Marwan Bishara says that Arab leaders will not “take responsibility for the dreadful situation they helped bring about.”
Analysis: Yemen`s shifting political alliances Gamal Gasim examines the shifting political alliances in Yemen following the Saudi airstrikes.
Fighting grips Aden as Houthis continue to push south A news report on recent military developments in Aden.
Houthis threaten Saudi Arabia with suicide bombings The Houthis say that they will undertake suicide operations in Saudi Arabia if the latter does not stop its airstrikes.
Operation Decisive Storm and the Expanding Counter-Revolution John M. Willis argues that Operation Decisive Storm “raises the specter of a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, executed by a coalition of Sunni states and Iran’s Shi‘i proxies.”
The Economist explains: What is going on in Yemen? The Economist provides a background to the conflict in Yemen.
Yemeni journalists face increasing danger as conflict worsens Roy Greenslade reports on the danger facing journalists in Yemen as the military and political situation deteriorates.
Watch: A Bahraini tries living a day in the life of a migrant worker Adam Taylor reports on Yousif Hassan who decided to live as a low-paid convenience store worker to show the gulf between his life and that of migrant workers.
French builder Vinci to sue over claims of forced labor in Qatar French construction giant Vinci denies allegations that it violated rights of migrant workers in Qatar.
Yemen: Six children among dozens killed in Saudi Arabian-led airstrikes Amnesty International deplores the death of six children in the Saudi military operation in Yemen.
Cease Arrests Over Talks of War and Respect International Humanitarian Law The Bahrain Center for Human Rights condemns the targeting of Bahraini citizens who spoke against Bahrain’s involvement in the military operation in Yemen.
Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Take Civilian Toll Human Rights Watch expresses concern over the death of civilians in the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen.
Dispatches: In Bahrain, Don’t Mention the War Nicholas McGeehan, from Human Rights Watch, reports on the statement issued by the Bahraini ministry of interior, which cautioned citizens against criticizing the authorities’ decision to send eight fighter jets to Yemen.
Kuwait: Opposition Protest Broken Up Human Rights Watch condemns the Kuwaiti authorities’ decision to break up an opposition protest in Kuwait City.
Bahrain: Authorities continue to target women’s rights defender Ghada Jamsheer The Gulf Center for Human Rights deplores the ongoing harassment of Ghada Jamsheer.
Oman: Online activist Talib Al-Saedi held incommunicado The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on the detention of Talib al-Saedi.
اليمن | واشنطن تتوقع سقوطاً وشيكاً لعدن... وهادي
Ali Jahiz reports on Washington’s predictions that Aden will fall to the Houthis.
السعودية تهبّ لنجدة الإرهاب
The Saudi foreign minister warns of Saudi military interference in Yemen if the Houthis continue their advance on Aden.
الرياض: للقاء مصري قطري في شرم الشخ
The Egyptian president and the Qatari ruler are to meet in the presence of the Saudi king ahead of the Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.
قمة شرم الشيخ تكسر الجليد بين القاهرة والدوحة
The Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh breaks the ice between Qatar and Egypt.
المعارضة الكويتية تتهم الأمن بتفريق تجمع بالقوة
The Kuwaiti opposition accuses security forces of using violence to disperse a gathering it organized.
رائف بدوي: هكذا جُلدت
Raif Badawi writes a letter from prison, detailing his flogging.
السعودية تقرر إعادة سفيرها إلى السويد
The Saudi ambassador returns to Sweden.
عدوان سعودي بغطاء عربي ورعاية أميركية
A news report on the beginning of Saudi Arabia’s Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen, with an Arab cover and US support.
عشر دول مشاركة في العدوان
Saudi Arabia along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, Pakistan, and Morocco participate in the aggression on Yemen.
التلفزيون السعودي: الرئيس اليمني يصل إلى الرياض
Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi arrives in Riyadh.
الحوثيون من حركة اصلاحية إلى محور حرب إقليمية
A news report on the Houthi movement, which transformed from a reform group to an axis in a regional war.
وجَنَت على نفسها... الرياض
Ibrahim al-Amin argues that the Saudi bombardment of Yemen did not affect the Houthis’ military infrastructure.
الحوثي: خمس جبهات لمواجهة الغزاة
The leader of the Houthis asserts that all options will be open if Saudi Arabia does not stop its aggression on Yemen.
الحرب على الوعي
Amer Mohsen analyzes the speech by Abdul Malik al-Houthi in details.
رياح «عاصفة الحزم» تهب على فقراء اليمن
A news report on the impact of Operation Decisive Storm on the poor in Yemen.
طهران تحذر الرياض من عواقب وخيمة
Tehran warns Riyadh of serious consequences following its aggression on Yemen.
اليمن.. جبهة جديدة لمصر
Mustafa Basyouni examines Egypt’s intervention in Yemen.
تل أبيب: نأمل للسعودية النجاح
Tel Aviv wishes Saudi Arabia success in its operations against Yemen.
«انتظروا المفاجأة قريباً جداً»
The leader of the Houthis warns that Saudi Arabia should expect surprises very soon.
هذه المرة تبدو «عدوانية الأمراء» أكثر شراسة
Jamal Jubran reports on the scene in Sanaa following the first Saudi raids on Yemen.
محمد بن سلمان: أصغر وزير دفاع يدير الحرب ضد اليمن
A news report on Mohammed bin Salman, the youngest Saudi minister of defense, currently supervising the war on Yemen.
كلام في السياسة | اتفاق الطائف بين اليمن والسعودية أيضاً
Jean Aziz argues that Saudi Arabia has been planning the war on Yemen since the first week of this month.
السعودية تُرضخ السودان عبر الوعود والأموال
May Ali reports on Sudan’s decision to take part in the raids on Yemen.
الحوثيون ينتقمون من السودانيين المقيمين في اليمن بسبب تحالف بلادهم مع عاصفة الحزم
The Houthis attack Sudanese citizens in Yemen in retaliation for Sudan’s participation in the war on Yemen.
الجزائر ترفض المشاركة
Algeria refuses to participate in the military operations against Yemen.
نصرالله: مصير العدوان الهزيمة
Hassan Nasrallah announces that Saudi Arabia will be defeated in Yemen.
كيف خسر تنابل آل سعود اليمن؟
Ibrahim al-Amin analyzes Hassan Nasrallah’s comments on the Saudi war in Yemen.
سلمان وأردوغان يبحثان عاصفة الحزم
The Turkish president and the Saudi king discuss Operation Decisive Storm.
واشنطن: تزويد الرياض بطائرات رادار وتموين بالوقود في الجو
The United States is considering providing Saudi Arabia with airplane radars and fuel in the air during its airstrikes against Yemen.
واشنطن تدافع عن موقفها وباكستان لن تشارك
The United States defends its support of Saudi military operations in Yemen while Pakistan refused to participate in the war.
الرباط تعلن تأييد الحرب ضد اليمن: قواتنا بتصرف التحالف
Rabat announces its support of the war on Yemen and puts its air forces in the service of the Saudi-led alliance.
البحرين: "عاصفة الحزم" حرب في سبيل الله
The Bahraini foreign minister expresses his country’s support of Operation Decisive Storm.
ظريف: سنبذل كل الجهود لاحتواء أزمة اليمن
The Iranian foreign minister asserts that Tehran will do its best to contain the crisis in Yemen.
سلطنة عُمان... الفرصة الأخيرة للحلّ؟
Oman refused to join Saudi Arabia’s military operation in Yemen.
هاموند: بريطانيا ستقدم مساعدة تقنية للسعوديين في اليمن
Philip Hammond asserts that the United Kingdom will provide technical assistance to the Saudis during Operation Decisive Storm.
البغدادي يبارك قصف السعودية للحوثيين..و يعرب عن استعداد جيشه للمشاركة في التدخل البري
The leader of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria supports the Saudi military operation in Yemen.
سامح شكري يساند الفيصل | لقاء مصري ــ قطري اليوم
Ahmed Jamal al-Din reports on the efforts by Saudi Arabia and Egypt to mobilize diplomatic support for Operation Decisive Storm.
ديبلوماسيون خليجيون يتوقّعون رداً ايرانياً
Diplomats from the Gulf states expect “an Iranian response” to Operation Decisive Storm.
باكستان والهند تبدآن بإجلاء الرعايا والدبلوماسيين من اليمن
Pakistan and India start evacuating their citizens in Yemen
اليمن بديلاً من البحرين
Rabi’ Barakat argues that, unlike Bahrain, Yemen is a serious arena for the struggle over power between Tehran and Riyadh.
أنصار الله: مستعدون لمواجهة السعودية من دون مساعدة إيران
The Houthis say that they could defend Yemen without any help from Iran.
وزير الخارجية اليمني يتّهم طهران بإرسال مقاتلين إلى صنعاء
The Yemeni foreign minister accuses Iran of sending fighters to Sanaa.
ارتفاع أسعار النفط وانخفاض مؤشرات الأسهم
A news report on the rise in the price of oil following the Saudi operation in Yemen.
اليمن يغلق موانئه
Yemen closes all its ports following the beginning of the Saudi airstrikes.
A history of Saudi Arabia’s aggression against Yemen since 2009.
اليمن والعلاقات السعودية ـ الأميركية: هل قرر سلمان التحرك منفرداً؟
A news report on Saudi-US relations in light of the war on Yemen.
14 قتيلاً في انطلاقة الحرب على اليمن
At least fourteen Yemenis are killed during the first raids on Yemen.
مقتل سبعة وعشرين مدنياً على الأقل بينهم خمسة عشر طفلاً وإصابة أكثر من عشرة آخرين في غارة جوية خليجية
A news report on the latest death toll from the Saudi airstrikes in Yemen, which left twenty-seven civilians dead, including fifteen children.
سكان صنعاء ينزحون أو يتموّنون
Sanaa residents are either leaving or stacking food in anticipation of a prolonged Saudi aggression in Yemen.
مصدر سعودي يرجّح الحاجة لهجوم بري في اليمن
A Saudi source says that the deployment of Saudi ground troops to Yemen is very likely.
انزلوا عن الشجرة أو استعدوا للأسوأ
Ibrahim al-Amin analyzes the possible outcomes of the Saudi operation in Yemen.
الحوثيون يسابقون «شرم الشيخ» ويتقدمون جنوباً... وشمالاً
A news report on the Houthi advances in the north and the south on the eve of the Arab summit.
السعودية وهاجس الخسارة التاريخية: تصفية الحساب!
Fouad Ibrahim argues that the Saudi aggression has unified the Yemeni people against “the princes who are bombing them from above.”
البحرية السعودية تجلي ديبلوماسيين من عدن
Saudi Arabia evacuates its diplomats from Aden.
جذور أزمة اليمن: أحلام شعب جائع
Hassan Chaqrani analyzes development reports on Yemen in light of the Saudi airstrikes.
الحوثيون يحققون مكاسب رغم الحرب الجويّة على اليمن
The Houthis make military gains in the south and the north despite the Saudi airstrikes.
إنقاذ طيارين سعوديين تعطّلت طائرتهما فوق البحر الأحمر
The US forces rescue two Saudi pilots in the Gulf of Aden following a technical problem in their airplane.
صالح يعلن عن مبادرة لحل الأزمة اليمنية تتضمن وقفاً متزامناً للعمليات العسكرية
The former Yemeni president puts forward an initiative to end the crisis in Yemen, which includes the halt of military operations.
التدخل البري في اليمن يقود السعودية إلى المستنقع
Sending ground troops to Yemen will be disastrous for Saudi Arabia.
فرار 130 سجيناً من سجن صعدة المركزي عقب استهدافه بغارة سعودية
One hundred and thirty prisoners flee Sa’ada prison, which was targeted in a Saudi airstrike
اليمن يطغى على جدول أعمال القمة العربية
The war in Yemen dominates the agenda during the Arab summit held in Sharm el-Sheikh, and the Saudi king asserts that Operation Decisive Storm will continue.
قوة عربية مشتركة نتاج توافق مصري ــ سعودي
The formation of a joint Arab force is the product of an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
تقدُّم في أبين وشبوة... و«صعوبات» في عدن
Ali Jahiz reports on military developments in Yemen, including the Houthi control of Shabwa and Abyan.
غارات «التحالف» تواصل ضرب... المدنيين
A news report on the ongoing Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen.
قمة شرم الشيخ: عودة السعودية.. من بوابة اليمن
Mustafa Basyouni argues that the Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh saw the emergence of Saudi Arabia as the leader of Arab countries.
الخلافات المصرية ـ السعودية في خطابي السيسي وسلمان
Mustafa al-Labad analyzes Saudi-Egyptian differences in the speeches delivered by the Egyptian president and the Saudi king.
حرب خليج ثالثة؟
Habib Fayad maintains that Saudi-Iranian rivalry can lead to a third Gulf war.
قمة الحزم: الفقراء عسكر للأغنياء!
Talal Salman argues that Saudi Arabia has succeeded in turning the Arab summit into a war council, whose sole agenda is the containment of the Iranian threat.
السجن 20 عاماً وغرامة مليون ريال لمروجي الشائعات العسكرية
The Saudi regime announces that Saudis who spread misinformation on Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen via social media could be sentenced to twenty years in prison.