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Regional and International Relations
U.S. Senators Hem and Haw on Saudi Arabia’s Human Rights Abuses
Lee Fang reports on US politicians’ extreme reluctance to openly criticize human rights abuses in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of American Lobbyists, Public Relations Experts
Lee Fang writes on Saudi Arabia’s efforts to improve its reputation in Washington, D.C.
Britain urged to stop providing weapons to Saudi Arabia
Amnesty International calls for Britain’s suspension of arms transfers to Saudi Arabia due to concerns over war crimes in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia signs deal for 320 PAC-3 missiles – Lockheed
Saudi Arabia signs an agreement with the United States for the purchase of three hundred and twenty Patriot PAC-3 missiles.
Mother of Saudi man sentenced to crucifixion begs Obama to intervene
The mother of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr urges the US president to intervene to save her son’s life.
Father of Saudi man sentenced to death says UK intervention could save him
The father of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr believes that David Cameron could sway the decision of Saudi rulers.
Revealed: how UK targets Saudis for top contracts
Jamie Doward writes on documents that show the British government describing Saudi Arabia as a “priority market.”
Fifa candidate Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa is linked to Bahrain crackdown
Human rights organizations react with alarm to Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa becoming the new favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.
UK`s troubled ties with Saudi Arabia under growing strain
Ian Black argues that the relationship between London and Riyadh is valued by both sides but often involved trade-offs between realism and principle.
UK ditches plan to bid for £5.9m Saudi Arabia prisons contract
Downing Street announced that the government will cancel a contract to provide a training program for prisons in Saudi Arabia.
Vladimir Putin meets Saudi defence minister for Syria talks
A news report on a meeting between the Russian president and the Saudi foreign minister to discuss the conflict in Syria.
Jubeir says Saudi sees no future for Bashar in Syria
The Saudi foreign minister asserts that Bashar al-Assad has no place in future Syria.
David Cameron insists UK must have close ties with Saudi Arabia
Nicola Slawson analyzes Jon Snow’s heated interview with David Cameron on Britain’s close ties with the Saudi ruling family.
UK`s Cameron to press Saudi Arabia over Briton facing 350 lashes
David Cameron will intervene in the case of an elderly Briton facing three hundred and fifty lashes in Saudi Arabia.
Gulf States Set To Buy Iron Dome System
The Gulf states are talking to firms about obtaining Israeli-developed anti-missile systems to defend against Iran.
UAE paid PR firm millions to brief UK journalists on Qatar, Brotherhood attacks
The United Arab Emirates paid a London-based public relations firm million of pounds to lead attacks against Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood, and other opponents of the Gulf state.
Reports and Opinions
A cyclone brews over Saudi Arabia
David Ignatius argues that an internal political storm is roiling in Saudi Arabia.
Isis gunman kills five in Saudi Arabia before being shot dead by police
The Islamic State claims responsibility for a shooting that took place at a meeting hall in the Eastern Province that killed five people.
Jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi wins Pen Pinter prize
Raif Badawi, who is in jail for “insulting Islam,” has won the Pen Pinter Prize for championing free speech.
Saudi prince says kingdom will remain in charge of hajj after deadly stampede
Turki al-Faisal says pilgrimage is a “matter of sovereignty.”
Crisis in Yemen
Yemen conflict: Saudi-led strike `hits wrong troops`
The Saudi-led air coalition targeting the Houthis mistakenly hit a pro-government position, killing at least twenty troops.
The Yemen crisis is partly our fault. We can no longer facilitate this war
Trevor Timm argues that US support of Saudi Arabia is one of the primary sources of the problem in Yemen.
Islamic State kills 22 in attacks on Yemen government, Gulf troops, mosque
Islamic State suicide bombers kill twenty-two people in attacks on the Yemeni government in Aden and on a Houthi-run mosque in Sanaa.
Yemen conflict: Houthi rebels commit to UN peace plan
The Houthi rebels confirmed their commitment to UN resolutions aimed at ending the country’s conflict.
Second Yemen wedding bombed as UN says Houthi rebels accept ceasefire
Two airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition killed at least fifteen civilians in Sanban.
Yemen through the lens: ‘I’ve never seen such intense fighting’
Guillaume Binet, one of the few Western photographers who have covered the war in Yemen, talks about his experience.
More than half a million children now risk `severe malnutrition` in Yemen – UNICEF
The United Nations Children’s Fund says that Yemen’s crisis has caused “alarming malnutrition levels” among children in Yemen.
Saudis strike in response to Houthi Scud attack as forgotten war rages on
Saudi warplanes bombed targets in Sanaa after the Houthi rebels fired a scud missile at an airbase across the border.
Yemen: `As the shelling continues, our only hope is to survive the fighting`
Mohammed Radman, a doctor in Sanaa, reveals his fears over the bombing, and tells of his efforts to help the injured and malnourished.
Yemen rocket attacks on government hotel kill 15 in Aden
Authorities in Yemen say three rockets hit the port of Aden, striking a hotel that houses officials from the exiled government.
United Arab Emirates soldier, aid worker killed in Yemen
A news report on the death of an Emirati soldier and an aid worker in Yemen.
Suicide bombing, gunbattle kills 12 in western Yemen: security sources
An al-Qa‘ida suicide bombing and gun attack killed ten soldiers in Hodaida.
U.N. hopes Yemen peace talks can start by month-end: Eliasson
The UN Deputy Secretary General says he hopes that peace talks will resume by the end of October.
Houthi leader urges all followers to join fight against Arab coalition
The Houthi leader calls upon his followers to continue the fight against the Saud-led coalition.
Yemeni port says first ship in weeks arrives, Saudi denies hampering aid by sea
Officials at the port of Hodaida say that the first ship to dock there in three weeks arrived last week, carrying desperately needed fuel, as Saudi Arabia denied it was obstructing aid supplies.
Yemen`s Saleh says ready to commit to U.N. peace terms
The former Yemeni president says that he is ready to join the peace talks.
Sanaa: A city of broken glass and shattered hope
Rawan Shaif al-Aghbari describes Sanaa after months of bombing.
Qatar ministry publishes maps with ‘no go’ housing zones for workers
Lesley Walker reports on the implication of Qatar’s “no go” zones for worker housing.
Markets and Economy
Saudi prince`s investment firm increases Twitter stake
Kingdom Holding and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal own more than five percent of Twitter after fifty million investment.
Oil price slump turns Saudi surplus into huge deficit, IMF report shows
Larry Elliott discusses a new International Monetary Fund report detailing Saudi Arabia’s deficit.
Bahrain NGOs call for Abolition on World Day Against the Death Penalty
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights along with other organizations condemn the ongoing use of death sentences in Bahrain and call for the abolition of this practice.
Bahrain postpones Ebrahim Sharif to November, opposition leader’s trial continues
The Bahrain Center for Human Right reports on the Bahraini authorities’ decision to postpone the trial of Ebrahim Sharif until November.
ICUJP honours Sheikh Maytham Al Salman with the 2015 Advocate of Peace Award
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights reports that the Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace award Sheikh Maytham al-Salman the Advocate for Peace Award.
The Tragic Civilian Toll of Airstrikes in Yemen
Human Rights Watch expresses concern over the number of civilians who died in Saudi-led airstrikes.
UAE: Investigate Allegations of Torture of Foreign Nationals
Human Rights Watch calls upon Emirati authorities to investigate allegations that state security officers have tortured detainees.
Gulf States Fail to Protect Domestic Workers From Serious Violence
Human Rights Watch says that the Gulf states have failed to protect domestic workers from violence.
الجيش و«اللجان» يصدّون هجمات جديدة على باب المندب ومأرب
The Yemeni army and the “popular committees” resist Saudi-led coalition attacks on Bab al-Mandab and Marib.
السعودية تتكتم عن خسائرها
Yihya al-Shami argues that Saudi Arabia is trying hard to hide its losses in Najran and Jizan.
وجهة نظر | أمراء العدوان: بين النظريات العسكرية وصلات العروض
Lockman Abdullah reflects on the efforts of Gulf politicians and journalists to justify the war on Yemen.
الاعتراف بوجود «داعش» جنوباً: نكسة لـ«الحلفاء»
The Saudi-led coalition finally admits that the Islamic State is active in southern Yemen.
عدن: ثلاثة اغتيالات في يوم واحد
A news report on the state of fear among residents in Aden following three assassinations in one day.
إغراق بارجة تابعة للتحالف في باب المندب
The Yemeni army and the “popular committees” target and drown a battleship belonging to the Saudi-led coalition in Bab al-Mandab.
اليمن: 13 قتيلاً في قصف لـ"التحالف" على حفل زفاف
Thirteen civilians died after the Saudi-led coalition bombed a wedding in Sanban.
هل يتحوّل اليمن إلى أزمة هجرة مقبلة في أوروبا؟
A news report on a possible exodus from Yemen to Europe in the near future.
اليمن: حكومة هادي ترفض مبادرة السلام الحوثية
The government of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi rejects the Houthi peace initiative.
«ولاية عدن».. أهلاً بالفوضى
Abdullah Zughaib argues that chaos has prevailed in Aden since the Saudi-led coalition took control of the city.
السعودية والتحوّل الكبير (2)
Rabi’ Barakat argues that the Saudi war on Yemen reflects changes in the kingdom’s regional strategies (Part II).
الحوثي: سنطرد الغزاة من كل شبرٍ في اليمن
The Houthi leader says that the Houthis will drive out invaders from Yemen.
ولد الشيخ: العودة إلى محادثات السلام أو تفاقم الأزمة
The UN special envoy to Yemen calls upon the warring factions to participate in the peace talks.
75 مليار دولار خسائر الاقتصاد اليمني
The Saudi war on Yemen has cost the Yemeni economy more than seventy-five billion dollars.
العدوان يقتل اليمنيين مرّتين: الحصار يؤدي إلى أزمة نفط خانقة
Jamal al-Ashoul argues that the Saudi war on Yemen is “killing Yemenis twice,” through bombing and the blockade.
مسيرات مناهضة لـ«القاعدة» في حضرموت
Thousands of residents in Makkla in Hadramawt demonstrate against the presence of al-Qa’ida in their city.
السعودية تبتز «الجنوبيين»: القتال في الشمال وإلا...
Dua’ Suwaidan reports on Saudi Arabia’s efforts to convince southern Yemenis to fight in the north.
نفاد الأدوية ينذر بكارثة إنسانية
Rashid al-Haddad examines the impact of the blockade imposed on Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition on the humanitarian situation in the country.
أسرى سعوديون جدد و«سكود» على قاعدة «الملك خالد»
The Yemeni army and the “popular committees” launch a Scud missile onto the King Khalid Base in Saudi Arabia.
الجبير لـ«معاريف»: سوريا واليمن أكثر إلحاحاً من القضية الفلسطينية
The Saudi foreign minister tells the Israeli newspaper Maariv that Syria and Yemen are more urgent matters than Palestine.
البحرين | صداقة الصهاينة... «ليست عيباً»!
Hassan Qambar examines the Bahraini ruling family’s close ties with Zionist groups.
«داعش» والوهابية... فكر واحد بتقنيات جديدة
Ali Ibrahim Mattar argues that the ideologies of the Islamic State and Wahhabis are similar but they resort to different techniques.