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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 15)

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[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

Saudi diplomat 'raped Nepali maids' in India Police in India are investigating allegations that a Saudi diplomat raped two Nepali maids at his home near Delhi.

India urges Saudi Arabia to cooperate after reports diplomat raped servants Indian authorities ask the Saudi ambassador to help a police investigation into reports of abuse.

Saudi Arabia says criticism of Syria refugee response 'false and misleading' Saudi Arabia says reports about its response to the Syrian refugee crisis are “false and misleading.”

Reports and Opinions

Mecca crane collapse: Saudi inquiry into Grand Mosque disaster A crane fell on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing more than one hundred people.

Hajj pilgrimage to go ahead despite tragic crane collapse at Mecca’s Grand Mosque Saudi authorities assert that the pilgrimage will go ahead following the fall of a crane on the Grand Mosque.

Aerials of Mecca crane collapse reveal damage - video An article in The Guardian shows video footage of the crane collapse in Mecca.

Mecca crane collapse: Saudi king says findings will be made public The Saudi king asserts that the results of the investigation into why a crane collapsed will be made public.

Mecca crane collapse shows dangers of city's construction boom Hugh Miles writes on incidents of worker deaths and the dangerous lack of safety precaution in the construction industry in Mecca.

Saudi Arabia blames winds for deadly crane collapse, opens investigation Saudi Arabia says that stormy winds knocked over the crane.

UAE residents warned against surfing child pornography websites The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department warns residents against visiting child pornography sites. 

Crisis in Yemen

Yemen crisis: Qatar 'deploys 1,000 troops' Qatar announces that it will deploy one thousand troops to Yemen.

Morocco to Take Part in Ground Operations in Yemen Morocco will participate in ground operations in Yemen.

Egypt sends up to 800 ground troops to Yemen's war - Egyptian security sources As many as eight hundred Egyptian soldiers were scheduled to arrive in Yemen last week. 

Yemen, the World’s Next Great Refugee Crisis Juan Cole reports on the thousands of Yemenis who are fleeing Yemen due to the Saudi war on the country.

Letter by UN special envoy to Yemen Mr.Ismail Oupd Cheikh A leaked letter from the UN envoy to Yemen states that Saudi Arabia and the ousted Yemeni president are not serious about the negotiations, and that the Houthis are being cooperative.

Saudi-led offensive in Yemen faces dangerous new phase Iona Craig argues that Riyadh is pushing to extend the conflict into key areas of the country where the Houthis will offer much resistance.

The GCC Needs a Successful Strategy for Yemen, Not Failed Tactics James Spencer argues that the Gulf Cooperation Council has tried to mitigate its Yemen problem through short-term tactics.

Airstrikes Take Toll on Civilians in Yemen War Kareem Fahim reports on the death toll of the Saudi war on Yemen.

The Guardian view on Yemen: remember the forgotten war An editorial in The Guardian on the Saudi war on Yemen.

Exiled Yemeni government pulls out of planned peace talks The Riyadh-based Yemeni government pulls out of the UN-mediated peace talks.

At least 16 Yemeni civilians killed in Saudi-led air strikes: medics Ten civilians in Taiz and two in Sanaa died in Saudi airstrikes.

U.N. says Yemen peace talks set to resume next week The United Nations said that peace talks aimed at ending the conflict in Yemen are set to resume this week.

Saudi-led air raids hit bases, Houthi leaders' houses in Yemeni capital Witnesses say that Saudi airstrikes on Sanaa last Thursday were the fiercest against the city in the last five months.

Arab coalition navy inspections paralyze Yemen food shipments Shipping to Yemen is coming to a halt as Saudi-led navy inspections hold up food cargoes.

Human Rights

Champions for Justice: Bahrain’s Imprisoned Politicians The Bahrain Center for Human Rights reports on the ongoing imprisonment of Ebrahim Sharif, Fadhel Abbas, and Sheikh Ali Salman.


القاهرة تنفي إرسال قوات... وعلي محسن الأحمر في مأرب
Cairo denies reports that it was going to send troops to Yemen. 

السيد حسين بدر الدين الحوثي: جذور التحرر الوطني ومقاومة الهيمنة
Ali Sharaf al-Muhtouri interviews Said Hussein Badr al-Din al-Houthi on the tenth anniversary of the death of the founder of the Houthi movement. 

كيف تستعد السعودية والإمارات لجبهة مأرب ــ صنعاء؟
A news report on Saudi and Emirati preparations for the battle of Sanaa and Marib.

خلافات «البيت الواحد»: نزاع على مصير الجنوب وإدارة هادي
A news report on the internal divisions between Riyadh and troops on the ground, and among the ousted Yemeni president and his group. 

جولة جديدة من المشاورات في مسقط هذا الأسبوع
A news report on the upcoming UN-mediated peace talks in Muscat, which aim at ending the conflict in Yemen. 

وجهة نظر | لا عزاء لـ «من هم تحت»
The Emirati crown prince says “we are determined to clean Yemen of trash.”

«أنصار الله» تحصّن العاصمة: إجهاض مخطط «الإصلاح»
The Houthis attempt to fortify Sanaa. 

سكان صنعاء أقوى من التهويل: فليأتِ الحصار
Jamal Jubran argues that the residents of Sanaa are not fazed by the Saudi exaggeration about the invasion of their city. 

قطر تدخل الحرب برّياً... وتخبط إماراتي
Qatar announces that it will deploy one thousand troops to Yemen. 

غارات مكثفة لـ"التحالف" على صنعاء
The Saudi-led coalition intensifies its airstrikes on Sanaa. 

قوات هادي تحشد عند تخوم صنعاء
Troops loyal to Abd Rabbu Hadi Mansour gather at the outskirts of Sanaa. 

اليمن: 31 قتيلا حصيلة غارات التحالف
Thirty-one people died in a Saudi airstrike on Sanaa and Bijan. 

اليمن: غزو عربي برّي غير معلن
A news report on an undeclared Arab ground invasion of Yemen. 

اليمن: مقتل 20 بغارة للتحالف على خيمة عزاء
Twenty people attending a funeral died in a Saudi airstrike. 

هكذا خسرت «عاصفة الحزم»
Abdullah Zughaib argues that Saudi Arabia has lost Operation Decisive Storm. 

مدارس اليمن في مرمى الدوان: الخليج يريد «تجهيل» اليمنيين
The Saudi-led coalition targets schools in Yemen. 

الجيش و«أنصار الله» يكسرون زحفاً لقوات الغزو على مأرب
The Yemeni army and the Houthis halt the advance of the Arab ground troops toward Marib.

عملية مأرب تبدّد دعاية العدوان: ضياع سياسي وإعلامي
Ali Jahiz argues that the operation to capture Marib reveals Saudi Arabia’s political and media defeat. 

حكومة هادي تقبل التفاوض مع «أنصار الله»
The government of Abd Rabbu Hadi Mansour agrees to negotiate with the Houthis. 

عمليات نوعية في عسير: أسرى سعوديون في قبضة الجيش و«اللجان»
The Yemeni army and the popular committees carry out operations in Asir in Saudi Arabia. 

«الحراك الجنوبي» مطيّة للسعودية والإمارات في مشروع «الإقليمين»
Ibrahim al-Siraji argues that Yemen’s Southern Movement is a tool in the hands of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 

عجز سعودي على الحدود
Yihya al-Shami writes on Saudi Arabia’s failure to protect its borders with Yemen. 

إسرائيلي مفقود في اليمن
Hebrew news outlets say that Tel Aviv lost contact with an Israeli who went to Yemen three months ago to visit relatives. 

نبيل رجب منتقداً الوطنية لحقوق الإنسان: انشغلوا في فعاليات خارجية وتجاهلوا أولوياتهم
Nabil Rajab criticizes the National Organization for Human Rights for ignoring human rights conditions in Bahrain 

أزمة سعودية صاعدة
Munir al-Khatib argues that despite the appearance of stability, Saudi Arabia is on the verge of a crisis. 

السعودية والكويت تفاوضان إيران كـ «فريق» بشأن ترسيم الحدو
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are negotiating with Iran on demarcating borders. 

قطر تعين سفيراً لها في العراق
Qatar will send an ambassador to Iraq for the first time in twenty-five years. 

العراق يتهم قطر بالتدخل في شؤونه
Iraq accuses Qatar of interfering in its affairs.

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