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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 17)

[Eight army medics were killed and nine others injured in an attack on a bus north of Aden, Yemen. Image from Jialiang Gao/Wikimedia Commons.] [Eight army medics were killed and nine others injured in an attack on a bus north of Aden, Yemen. Image from Jialiang Gao/Wikimedia Commons.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on the Arabian Peninsula and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Arabian Peninsula Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to by Monday night of every week.]

Regional and International Relations

Jihadistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran Immanuel Wallerstein argues that the success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant may bring Riyadh and Tehran closer together.

Saudi rejects foreign interference in Iraq, blames 'sectarian' Maliki Noah Browning analyzes the official Saudi position on the recent developments in Iraq.

Qatar blames Iraqi government for rebel advance A news report on the Qatari authorities’ attitudes towards the advances the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has made in Iraq.

Qatar emir assured Obama on ex-Guantanamo detainees: nominee The Qatari emir assures the new US ambassador to Qatar that his country will keep track of the five detainees transferred from Guantanamo Bay.

US to propose multibillion-dollar revamp of Saudi navy The US government is revamping proposals for modernizing the Saudi navy.

Reports and Opinions

Saudi Arabia jails 33 for up to 30 years on terrorism charges A Saudi court sentences militants to up to thirty years in prison eight years after their arrest on terrorism charges.

Kuwait opposition declares war against corruption Mussallam Al Barrak, a prominent opposition figure and a former member of parliament, says that the government needs to hire an international firm to investigate the disappearance of billions of dollars of public funds.

Kuwait top court jails activist over insulting emir Kuwait’s Supreme Court upholds Hejab Al Hajeri’s two-year jail sentence.

Repression in Bahrain

Bahrain rejects UNHRC statement charges Habib Toumi reports on the United Nations Human Rights Council’s critical assessment of the human rights situation in Bahrain.

Crisis in Yemen

The Huthis: From Saada to Sanaa The International Crisis Group's analysis and recommendations regarding the military success of the Huthis.

Power-line attack plunges Yemen into darkness A series of attacks on power lines leaves Yemen without electricity.

Yemenis protest over power cuts, fuel shortages Hundreds of Yemenis gathered outside the presidential palace, calling for the fall of the government after a power cut entered its third day.

Yemen president reshuffles cabinet amid rising anger over power cuts Mohammed Ghobari writes on the replacement of several top ministers amid discontent over power cuts and high prices.

Five killed in Yemen drone strike A suspected US drone targets a car reportedly carrying al-Qaeda fighters, killing five people.

Medics killed in southern Yemen attack Gunmen open fire on a bus carrying army medics in Aden.

Yemen troops encircle ex-president mosque amid coup fears Presidential guard troops surround a mosque controlled by the former president for fear that he is plotting a coup.

Clashes end truce between Yemen army and Al Houthis The truce between government forces and the Huthi fighters lasted only eleven days.

Qatar World Cup 2022

Rupert Murdoch and the Qatar World Cup conspiracy theory Roy Greenslade writes on the conspiracy theory that the media mogul, through his newspaper The Sunday Times, which published reports of corruption allegations, is against Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Qatar 2022: Influential Gulf state is desperate to retain World Cup Richard Conway reports on the possibility of Qatar losing the World Cup bid.

Qatar 2022: Sepp Blatter says corruption claims are racist FIFA president claims that allegations of corruption are motivated by racism.

Qatar hits back at allegations of bribery over 2022 World Cup Owen Gibson reports on the Qatari organizers’ dismissal of corruption allegations as “baseless and riddled with innuendo.”

Migrant Workers

Saudi Arabia law to protect outdoor workers from sun New health and safety regulations are enacted to protect outdoor workers.

Nepal workers pay terrible price in Qatar World Cup build-up A news report on Bhupendra Malla, who lost his legs in a workplace accident and succeeded in taking his employers to court.

Kuwait urged to end labour sponsorship system The Kuwait Society for Human Rights calls on the authorities to end the sponsorship system for foreign labor and the deportation of expatriates.


Egypt extends AJ journalist's imprisonment An Egyptian court rules that Abdullah Elshamy will remain in prison for another forty-five days.

Human Rights

Kuwait: UPR Submission June 2014 Human Rights Watch analyzes Kuwait’s most recent Universal Periodic Review and calls on the authorities to implement more serious reforms.

Bahrain: Gunshot Deaths Require Swift Investigation Human Rights Watch says that the Bahraini authorities must investigate two recent deaths caused by security forces’ gunshots.

Report Release: Locked Inside a Nightmare: Voices from Bahraini Prisons The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights publish a report detailing prison conditions in Bahrain.

Business and Markets

GCC invests billions in renewable energy A news report on the Gulf countries investing billions of dollars in renewable energy resources.

Oil-rich United Arab Emirates aims to be a sustainable energy pioneer Andrew Winston analyzes the Emirati efforts to embrace sustainable technologies.

Saudis spend 30% of income on phone, internet The Consumer Protection Association says that the average media consumption in the country constitutes thirty percent of earned income.


اليمن: مقتل أربعة جنود وخمسة من عناصر القاعدة
A news report on the death of four Yemeni soldiers and five al-Qaeda fighters in Abyan.

اليمن بلا كهرباء
A series of attacks on power lines leaves Yemen without electricity.

اليمن: تبديل وزاري بسبب الكهرباء والوقود
The Yemeni president reshuffles his cabinet amid protests over power cuts.

اليمن: هادي يحاول إسقاط آخر قلاع صالح في صنعاء
Khalid al-Hamadi reports on Yemeni presidential guard troops surrounding a mosque controlled by the former president for fear that he is plotting a coup.

اليمن: قوات عسكرية وأمنية تفشل محاولة تحريك الشارع ضد هادي في صنعاء وصالح يواجه اتهامات بعقوبات دولية تقضي بإبعاده من البلاد 20 عاما
A news report on the situation in Yemen following the failure of the former president to turn people against the current president.

السجن عامين مع النفاذ لناشط كويتي أدين باهانة الأمير عبر تويتر
Kuwait’s Supreme Court upholds Hejab Al Hajeri’s two-year jail sentence for "insulting the emir" on Twitter.

الكويت: المعارضة تعلن «معركة حقيقية» ضد الفساد
Mussallam Al Barrak, a prominent opposition figure and a former member of parliament, announces that the Kuwaiti opposition is waging a war against the corruption of Kuwaiti officials.

السعودية والحوار: الإرهاب أولاً وأخيراً
Mohammed Mahmood Murtada analyzes Iran's view of the Saudi invitation for dialogue.

السيسي إلى الرياض: شكراً السعودية
The recently elected Egyptian president is to visit Saudi Arabia this week to thank the kingdom for its support of Egypt.

واشنطن تبتز بغداد وطهران... والرياض تــسخر
A news report on the position of Saudi Arabia and the United States towards the current developments in Iraq.

السعودية قلقة من التدخل الايراني واحتمال اندلاع حرب طائفية في العراق
Saudi officials are concerned about the deterioration of the situation in Iraq and the possibility of an Iranian intervention.

الكويت: قلق حكومي وشعبي من تطور الأحداث في العراق
Ahmed al-Khalifi argues that the Kuwaiti authorities and people are fearful of the developments in Iraq.

مونديال قطر 2022: لا صيفاً .. ولا شتاءً؟
Youssef Barjawi reports on the recent controversies over awarding Qatar the 2022 World Cup bid.

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