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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (August 11)

[Saudi Arabia turns to financial markets to generate revenue as low oil prices continue to take their toll. Image from Katrina Tuliao/Wikimedia Commons.] [Saudi Arabia turns to financial markets to generate revenue as low oil prices continue to take their toll. Image from Katrina Tuliao/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 ap@jadaliyya.com by Monday night of every week.]

Regional and International Relations

Gulf allies 'back Iran nuclear deal' after US security guarantees The Gulf states decide to back the nuclear deal with Iran after the United States promised them better intelligence-sharing and faster arms transfers.

Yemen hostage Isabelle Prime returns to France after release A French woman kidnapped in Yemen in February was freed by her captors.

Saudi Arabia flexing its muscles in Middle East Frank Gardner examines Saudi Arabia’s new regional strategy.

Saudi Arabia will need deep pockets if it is to win its oil war with US Larry Elliott argues that Riyadh’s plan to raise twenty-seven billion dollars from bond sales shows that its economic battle with the United States is taking its toll.

Islamic State group claims Saudi mosque suicide blast The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria claims responsibility for the attack on Saudi forces at a mosque in Aseer.

Saudi says its citizen carried out mosque suicide blast The Saudi interior ministry announces that the man behind the attack on a mosque in Aseer is a Saudi national.

The threat of ISIL in Saudi Arabia Al Jazeera’s Inside Story dedicates an episode to the threat of Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria in Saudi Arabia.

Iraq-Kuwait war trauma is 'like an open wound' Megan O’Toole writes on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

Palestine-Kuwait relations: 'Ice has started to melt' A news report on Kuwaiti-Palestinian relations twenty-five years after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

Timeline: Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, 25 years on Alma Milisic provides a timeline of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

Reports and Opinions

GCC military spending spree Alia Chughtai analyzes the military spending of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

Saudi king cuts short controversial holiday in France The Saudi king leaves France for Morocco amid protests.

Dubai builds world's largest indoor ski slope on edge of heat-baked desert A news report on a new ski slope in Dubai.

Crisis in Yemen

Yemen crisis: Houthi rebels 'driven from key al-Anad airbase' Troops loyal to Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi take control of al-Anad airbase.

Yemen crisis: Rebels 'driven out of key city of Zinjibar' Troops loyal to Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi take control of Zinjibar.

Saleh's Houthi Trojan Horse Murad Alazzany and Robert Sharp analyze how the former Yemeni president used the Houthis to restore his power.

Saudis warned over marrying 'unidentified' Yemen women The Saudi interior ministry warns Saudi citizens against marrying “unidentified” women from areas along the border with Yemen.

Human Rights

Oman: Internal Security Service arbitrarily arrests three human rights defenders The Gulf Center for Human Rights deplores the arrest of Salih Al-Azri, Ali Al-Muqbali, and Talib Al-Saedi.

Update: Oman: Internal Security Service continues targeting human rights defenders and Internet activists The Gulf Center for Human Rights reports on the arrest of two more Omani activists, Muktar Al-Hanaei and Ahmed Al-Blushi.

Bahrain: Human rights defender arrested and Bahrain’s only Independent newspaper Al-Wasat suspended by authorities The Gulf Center for Human Rights condemns the arrest of Maitham Al Salman.

Arrest of satirical artist Mansour al-Jedawi (Sanqima) reveals a lack of respect for freedom of expression and opinion The Bahrain Center for Human Rights reports on the arrest of Mansour al-Jedawi.

Suspension of Newspaper: Further Threats to Freedom of Press in Bahrain The Bahrain Center for Human Rights and the Bahrain Human Rights Society express concern over the suspension of the country's only independent newsletter, Al-Wasat.

Champions for Justice: Bahrain’s Student Prisoners The Bahrain Center for Human Rights sheds light on the arbitrary detention of students and children in Bahrain since 2011.

Mass Arbitrary Arrest Campaign Post-Sitra Bombing The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses concern over ill-treatment of people of Sitra following the bombing incident last month.

Arabic

السعودية وانحسار الدور... سؤال المشروعية
Balal Nassir examines Saudi Arabia’s dwindling regional role.

كيري يتعهد لدول الخليج بـشراكة أقوى
John Kerry promises the Gulf states stronger partnership with the United States during his visit to Doha.

السعودية تعدم أربعة أشخاص
Saudi Arabia executes three foreigners and one Saudi national, which brings the number of people executed in the kingdom this year to four hundred and fourteen people.

آل سعود ينسفون مكة... من بعد نهبها
Jafar al-Balki writes on al-Saud’s ongoing destruction of Mecca.

السعوديّة: مقتل 15 شخصاً بتفجير انتحاري تبناه داعش
The Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria claims responsibility for a suicide attack on a mosque in Aseer in Saudi Arabia.

الرياض: انتحاري تفجير عسير سعودي
The Saudi regime announces that the man behind the attack on a mosque in Aseer is a Saudi national.

خلاف «فنّي» بين الكويت والسعودية
The Kuwaiti minister of state for cabinet affairs asserts that his country’s dispute with Saudi Arabia over oilfields is “technical.”

الكويت: إخلاء سبيل 11 مشتبهاً في تفجير المسجد
A Kuwaiti court releases eleven people suspected in the attack on a Shi'a mosque in June.

اليمن: تسعير الحرب جنوباً
The Saudi-led coalition deploys ground troops to southern Yemen in an attempt to control Taiz and Abyan.

اليمن: قوات خليجية لتأمين عدن
The Gulf states will send troops to Aden to guard it against any attacks.

اليمن: قاعدة العند في يد قوات هادي
Loyalists to the ousted Yemeni president take control of al-Anad airbase.

اليمن: القوات الموالية لهادي تعلن سيطرتها على زنجبار
Troops loyal to Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi take control of Zinjibar.

اجتياح يمني لليمن عبر السعودية
Hundreds of Yemeni soldiers stationed in Saudi Arabia crossed the borders to Yemen to help in the war on the Houthis.

الإصلاح: الحوثيون يخطفون 11 قيادياً من الحزب بينهم وزير
Al-Islah party accused the Houthis of kidnapping eleven of its leaders.

حراك أممي لإنهاء حرب اليمن
A news report on international efforts to end the war on Yemen.

موسكو والرياض تبحثان الأزمة السورية
The Russian and Saudi foreign ministers are to discuss the Syrian crisis in Moscow this week.

«أزمة غرداية» في العلاقات الجزائرية ــ العُمانية: نفي التدخل لا يهمّش واقع «العلاقة الثقافية»
Adam al-Sabiri reports on a tension in Algerian-Omani relations following a visit by the Omani foreign minister to Gardaya in Algeria.

الخليج يكافئ القاهرة بالمزيد من المساعدات
The Gulf states reward Cairo with more aid following its decision to extend the participation of Egyptian forces in the war on Yemen.

المواجهة الإيرانية ــ السعودية في لبنان
Fadi al-Ahmar analyzes the Saudi-Iranian confrontation in Lebanon.

خَدَم الحَرمين في إجازة
Jafar al-Bakli reports on the Saudi king’s vacation in France.

أمير قطر يزور روسيا في أيلول
The Qatari emir is scheduled to visit Russia in September.

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