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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (June 30)

[Bahraini activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja (left) remains imprisoned after ending his hunger strike protesting conditions in Jaw prison, while Nabeel Rajab (right) has been sentenced to six months for [Bahraini activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja (left) remains imprisoned after ending his hunger strike protesting conditions in Jaw prison, while Nabeel Rajab (right) has been sentenced to six months for "insulting public institutions and the army," with further charges pending. Image from Bahrain Center for Human Rights.]

[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

Wikileaks Docs Reveal Saudi intrigues against Bahrain’s Arab Spring Faten Bushehri examines Saudi Arabia’s meddling in Bahrain’s affairs during the 2011 uprising.

The Saudi Cables: Revelations from Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Lebanon, Sudan & Egypt Kevin Gosztola reports on regional issues that came out in the Saudi Cables.

Reports and Opinions

Kuwait activist sentenced for insulting emir A Kuwait court sentences A Kuwaiti court sentences Rana Jassem al-Sadoun to three years to prison in absentia.

Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly blast at Kuwait City mosque An affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria, calling itself Najd Province, claims responsibility for the attack on a Shi'a mosque in Kuwait.

Kuwait mourns after deadly Shia mosque attack Kuwait is observing a day of mourning after twenty-seven people die in an attack on a Shi'a mosque last Friday.

Aftermath of deadly blast at Kuwait City mosque - video Video footage of the attack on the mosque in Kuwait.

Kuwait Shia mosque attack: Bomber 'was Saudi' Kuwait announces that the attacker who carried out the suicide bombing at the mosque was a Saudi citizen.

Saudi comedian laughs off threats over Isis satire Nasser al-Qasabi, who is threatened with beheading by the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria, downplays the threats.

Crisis in Yemen

Before the War Andrew Cockburn and Alex Potter interview the political analyst Abdul-Ghani Al Iryani on the current situation in Yemen.

Analysis: What now for Yemen? Gamal Gasim argues that time is running out for both sides in the Yemen conflict.

The psychological cost of Yemen's war Nasser Al-Sakkaf writes that in addition to facing food and water shortages, Yemenis suffer from the mental trauma of war.

Q&A: Painting tribute to the victims of Yemen's war Zoe Hu writes on Murad Subay’s murals, which commemorate the human cost of the Saudi war on Yemen.

Yemeni Heritage, Saudi Vandalism Lamya Khalidi writes on the destruction of Yemen’s cultural heritage due to the Saudi military operation on Yemen.

Saudi Bombing Only Fans Yemen’s Flames Shuaib Almosawa and Ben Hubbard argue that Saudi Arabia lacks a realistic strategy to end the war on Yemen.

Yemen crisis: War-ravaged country 'one step away from famine', says United Nations official The UN envoy to Yemen warns of a famine in Yemen.

Migrant Workers

Qatar delays vote on pledge to reform 'abusive' worker sponsorship system Qatar’s shura council postpones a vote to reform the sponsorship system.

Human Rights

Kuwait: Deadly Attack on Mosque Human Rights Watch describes the attack on a Shi'a mosque in Kuwait as callous and despicable.

UN Human Rights Council: Adoption of the Universal Periodic Review on Kuwait Human Rights Watch states that Kuwait’s Universal Period Review reveals a continued crackdown on activists and government critics.

Kuwait: Human rights defender Rana Al-Saadoun sentenced to three years in prison The Gulf Center for Human Rights condemns the Kuwaiti authorities’ decision to sentence al-Sadoun to three years in prison.

Yemen: Human rights defenders at imminent risk during wartime, say panelists at UN side event The Gulf Centre for Human Rights, along with other groups, organize an event on the situation of human rights activists and journalists during wartime in Yemen.

Oman / UAE: Mother of blogger Muawiya Al-Rawahi calls on authorities to provide medication for her son The Gulf Centre for Human Rights reports on Fatima bin Nasser, who appealed to Omani and Emirati authorities to provide medical care for her son who is detained in the United Arab Emirates.

Bahrain: Rajab sentenced to prison, Al-Khawaja ends hunger strike, while Al-Singace’s health at risk, Abdulemam fined and Jawad released The Gulf Centre for Human Rights provides an update on the sentences and conditions of prominent imprisoned human rights activists in Bahrain.

Inside Jau: Report Finds Rampant Torture and Abuse Inside Bahrain’s Political Prison The Bahrain Center for Human Rights provides an account of the ill-treatment of prisoners held in the notorious Jau prison in Bahrain.

Bahrain: Halt systematic torture and allow UN SR on Torture to visit The Bahrain Center for Human Rights calls upon the Bahraini authorities to end the policy of systematic torture in Bahrain.


Germany releases Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour A German court decides to release Ahmed Mansour.


Formula 1: US-Qatari investors 'to bid for sport' The owner of the Miami Dolphins American football team is in communication with Qatari investors to buy a stake in Formula 1 racing.


الأخبار تنشر برقيات سرية من السفارات السعودية حول العالم
Al-Akhbar publishes a second round of secret letters, recently released by WikiLeaks, from Saudi embassies all over the world.

نعي الثقافة والسياسة في العالم العربي: ويكيليكس آل سعود
Asad AbuKhalil analyzes the silence in Arab and western media on WikiLeaks’ Saudi cables.

تفجير أول في الكويت: ضرب الوحدة
An affiliate of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria claims responsibility for the attack on a Shi'a mosque in Kuwait.

الكويت تشيع شهداءها: لن ننجر إلى الفتنة
Kuwait mourns the twenty-six people who died in the attack on the mosque last Friday.

طلاق مصري ــ إماراتي في مشروع العاصمة الإدارية
The Emirati project for building a new administrative capital in Egypt is on hold because of difference between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates over funding.

لقاء فرنسي سعودي غداً: بحث في مشاريع تقدّر بالمليارات
French and Saudi officials are to meet in Paris to discuss business projects worth billions of dollars.

التقارب الفرنسي السعودي:مفاعلان نوويان... وصفقات تسليح
The Saudi and French foreign ministers met to discuss the possibility of France building two nuclear plants in Saudi Arabia.

محمد بن سلمان في باريس: صفقات بالمليارات
A news report on the Saudi deputy crown prince’s visit to Paris.

السعودية: توقيع مذكرة تفاهم للاستثمار في روسيا
Russia and Saudi Arabia sign an agreement to invest ten million dollars in Russia.

التقارب السعودي ــ الروسي: نيات حسنة بانتظار التنفيذ
Habib Fouani analyzes the recent Russian-Saudi rapprochement.

البحرين: الإفراج عن ناشط معارض
The Bahraini authorities release Ibrahim Sharif, an activist who spent four years in prison on charges of involvement in “violent acts” during the 2011 uprising.

الشيخ علي سلمان أيقونة السلام والعدالة
An article on Shaykh Ali Salman, which describes him as “an icon of peace and justice.”

بان كي مون يدعو المنامة إلى استئناف الحكم على سلمان
Ban Ki-moon asked the Bahraini authorities to accept Ali Salman’s appeal case.

الخليجيون يربطون مصير اليمن بالـ2216
The Gulf Cooperation Council asserts that the crisis in Yemen will not be solved until Yemen implements UN Resolution 2216.

جنيف اليمني: هكذا أضعفت السعودية حلفاءها
Wassim Ibrahim analyzes the failure of the peace talks held in Geneva last week.

اليمن: وساطة روسية ـ عُمانية لحل الأزمة
Following the failure of the peace talks in Geneva, Oman and Russia attempt to mediate to find a solution to the crisis in Yemen.

اليمن: مقتل 39 شخصاً نتيجة القصف والمواجهات
Thirty-nine Yemenis die during clashes between the Houthis and supporters of the ousted president.

وطنية الجيش اليمني
Samir al-Hassan analyzes the Yemeni army’s performance and tactics in fighting on different fronts.

هدنة تلوح في الأفق اليمني
The UN special envoy to Yemen announces that a humanitarian truce is likely to take effect in Yemen soon.

اليمن في عين العاصفة - 1
Fawwaz Traboulsi examines the political factors that led to the rise of the Houthis in Yemen, and the ongoing Saudi aggression (Part I).

اليمن في عين العاصفة - 2
Fawwaz Traboulsi examines the political factors that led to the rise of the Houthis in Yemen, and the ongoing Saudi aggression (Part II).

مقتل ثلاثة جنود سعوديين على الحدود اليمنية
Three Saudi soldiers and one Emirati soldier die near the Yemeni borders.

اليمن: تفجير يستهدف سبأ
A bomb targets the Yemeni news agency Saba in Sanaa.

العراق | دول الخليج تدرس إدراج «الحشد الشعبي» على لائحة الإرهاب
The Gulf states head to consider Iraq’s Popular Mobilization as a terrorist organization.

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