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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 22)

[Incidents during hajj in Mecca. Image from wikipedia.] [Incidents during hajj in Mecca. Image from wikipedia.]

[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 

Hostile BBC Interview of a Saudi Loyalist Shows Prime Journalistic Duty: Scrutiny of One’s Own Side Glenn Greenwald refers to James O’Brien’s grilling of Daniel Kawczynski, a British member of parliament who is a Saudi regime loyalist, as an example of how journalists should conduct interviews.

Crucifixion of teenager in Saudi Arabia highlights Britain's business deals with despots Clive Stafford Smith criticizes the British government’s silence on Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations.

Negative Freedom, US Liberals and Saudi Arabia Bruno Jantti argues that US liberals are not willing to change their foreign policy.

Shame of West as it props up odious Saudi dictatorship Eamonn McCann criticizes Western governments’ support of the Saudi ruling family.

Kuwait terror suspects deny ties to Hezbollah, allege torture More than twenty Kuwaitis accused of terrorism deny that they had any contact with Hizballah.

Iran objects to Kuwait linking it to 'terror cell' Iran’s embassy objects to being linked to a group of Kuwaitis being charged with plotting attacks in the country.

Momentum is building against Bahrain's rulers as 33 states 'express concern' over human rights Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei and Michael Payne report on the efforts of thirty-three countries to hold the Bahraini government accountable for its violations of human rights.

Reading student imprisoned in UAE speaks out on torture and British Government's refusal to help A news report on Ahmed Zeidan who was jailed for nine years for possessing 0.04 grams of cocaine.

Reports and Opinions

Saudi Teenager Ali Mohammed al-Nimr Has Been Sentenced to Death by Crucifixion Jon Levine reports on a Saudi court’s decision to sentence Ali Mohammed al-Nimr to death by crucifixion.

Who is Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and why is Saudi Arabia planning to behead and crucify him? Orlando Crowcroft provides a profile of Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, the nephew of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Kuwait mosque attack: Seven sentenced to death A Kuwaiti court sentences seven people to death over the suicide bombing of a mosque in June 2015.

Mecca crane collapse: Saudi king sanctions Binladin group King Salman hits the Binladen group with travel ban and excludes it from new public projects.

Why did a Saudi billionaire donate $10 million to Yale? Lonnie Shekhtman reports on Dallah Al-Baraka Group’s donation of ten million dollars to the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization at Yale.

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale Omer Aziz argues that the Saudi donation to Yale University would be a reason worth celebrating had the money not originated from a dubious source.

KSA objects to UN chief’s report on death penalty Saudi Arabia announces that it disagrees with the UN Secretary General’s report on death penalty.

Saudi Activist Banned from Travel Receives Int’l Human Rights Award Samar Badawi receives the International Hrant Dink Award for human Rights.

Saudis Make Push for Nuclear Energy Brooke Anderson examines Saudi Arabia’s efforts to acquire nuclear power.

Qatari group buys iconic Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome A news report on Qatar’s acquisition of the Westin Excelsior Hotel.

Muslims head for Mecca: Prepping for the pilgrimage An Economist article on the logistics of the hajj.

Repression in Bahrain

Still Little Press Freedom in Bahrain Anita Dhanvanthari reports on the lack of freedom of press in Bahrain.

Bahrain’s Proposed Blasphemy Law: Another Tool to Silence Regime’s Critics Rebecca Sheff argues that the new proposed blasphemy law is a means to silence critics.

Crisis in Yemen

In Yemen, Death From Above, Grief Below Nasser Kutabish reports on the horror of the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Severe protection crisis unfolding; violence must end immediately A news report on the destruction of infrastructure due to the Saudi war on Yemen.

Saudi-led coalition airstrikes kill up to 76 in Yemen’s capital At least seventy-six people die in a Saudi airstrike on Sanaa over the weekend.

Yemen Houthi rebels free six foreign hostages The Houthis release six foreign hostages, including at least two US citizens, two Saudis, and a Briton.

Saudi-led coalition denies attacking home of Oman envoy to Yemen Saudi Arabia denies reports that the coalition bombed the home of the Omani envoy to Yemen.

Yemen rebel prisoners among 11 dead in Saudi-led strikes A Saudi-led airstrike on a security complex leaves eleven people dead.

Yemen’s Prime Minister Returns From Exile A news report on the arrival of Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah in Aden.

Yemen says would join talks if Houthis publicly accept U.N. resolution Yemen’s exiled government said that it was ready to join UN-sponsored talks only if the Houthis are willing to recognize the Yemeni president and leave major Yemeni cities.

Economy and Markets

Kuwait stock delistings threaten market's status Delistings from Kuwait’s stock market threatens to widen the gap with rival bourses in the region as companies favor more dynamic economies such as Saudi Arabia and Dubai to sell shares.

Time for a revamp: 95 percent of Kuwait's private sector jobs filled by expats A news report on the number of expatriates working in the private sector in Kuwait.

Oil price volatility, other factors hurting IPO market in GCC The volatility of oil prices are hurting companies in the Gulf Cooperation Council. 



صور جديدة بالدمار الذي خلفته الغارات على"براقش" أعرق مدن الكون في اليمن
A news report on the destruction of sites of cultural heritage in Yemen due to the Saudi war on the country. 

دعوة إلى محاسبة السعودية على جرائمها
Different Yemeni groups meet in Zurich to demand that Saudi Arabia be held accountable for its crimes in Yemen. 

عقب ساعات من وصولها إلى عدن.. المتحدث باسم الحكومة اليمنية راجح بادي: لن نسمح برفع إعلام وشعارات الجنوب
The spokesperson for the Yemeni government asserts that the southern movement’s flags and slogans will not be allowed only hours after entering Aden.

المحادثات اليمنية في مأزق: وداعاً هادي
Nizar Abboud argues that Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi constitutes an obstacle to the Yemeni peace talks.

«أنصار الله» تعلن بدء مرحلة جديدة من الحرب
The Houthis announce that a new phase in the war is beginning. 

بحاح في عدن: الإمارات تسحب البساط من تحت «الإصلاح» و«القاعدة»
The United Arab Emirates attempts to sideline the Islah Party and al-Qa’ida in Aden. 

العدوان يبدأ بعزل صنعاء
The Saudi-led coalition starts to isolate Sanaa from the rest of the country. 

عشرات القتلى في صفوف قوات الغزو... وتوغل في عسير
The Yemeni army and the Houthis cost the invading forces losses in Marib. 

عمليات نوعية في عسير: أسرى سعوديون في قبضة الجيش و«اللجان»
The Yemeni army and the “popular committees” hold important positions in Assir. 

السعودية تنتقم من الشيخ النمر بإعدام ابن شقيقه
The Saudi regime decides to retaliate against Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by executing his nephew. 

وريثا العرش يرسمان مستقبل السعودية
A news report on the two Saudi crown princes who are dominating the kingdom’s political scene. 

تصفية حسابات بين مرتزقة العدوان في مأرب
Ali Jahiz reports on the confusion among the Saudi-led invading troops in Yemen. 

قبائل جدعان تدعو لمقاومة جيوش العدوان
The tribes of Jadaan call for resisting the invading troops in Marib. 

حكومة بحاح ترفض تسلّم رواتب موظفي عدن
The government of Khaled al-Bahah refuses to give employees their salaries. 

صنعاء: قتلى مدنيون في قصف عنيف لـ"التحالف"
The Saudi-led coalition heavily bombards Sanaa, leaving many civilians dead. 

روسيا: حان الوقت لإنهاء الحرب على اليمن
Russia calls for the end of the war on Yemen. 

طائرات العدوان تقصف منزل السفير العماني
The Saudi-led coalition bombs the house of the Omani ambassador. 

وفاة ابن حاكم دبي
The son of the ruler of Dubai died from a heart attack. 

البحرين: حكومة مصغرة لحل المشاكل المالية
The Bahraini king orders the formation of “a mini government” to solve the country’s financial problems. 

حريق في مكة يتسبب بإجلاء أكثر من ألف حاج
A fire in Mecca leads to the evacuation of more than one thousand pilgrims. 

نذير عاجل لكل آل سعود

A grandson of the late King Abdulaziz Al Saud warns the Saudi ruling family of the consequences of their loal and regional policies. 

السعودية: اعتقال متشددين
The Saudi interior ministry announced that it arrested two extremists. 

السعودية: عقوبات على «بن لادن» على خلفية كارثة الحرم المكي
The Saudi king imposes sanctions on the Saudi Binladen Group following the fall of the crane on the Holy Mosque in Mecca. 

50 % من مؤسسات المقاولات لا تطبق معايير السلامة في مشروعاتها
A Saudi safety specialist asserts that fifty percent of construction projects in Mecca do not meet safety standards. 

اتفاق بين وزارتي الداخلية السعودية والألمانية لتطوير جهاز حرس الحدود في المملكة
The Germans agree to develop the kingdom’s national guard.

الكويت: سبعة أحكام بالإعدام في قضية تفجير المسجد
A Kuwaiti court sentences seven people to death on charges of involvement in an IS attack on the mosque. 

(شؤون خليجية) يكشف أسباب إغلاق صحيفة (التقرير).. ضغوط (سعودية - إماراتية) أم أزمة مالية؟!
A news report on the decision to shut down the online magazine Al-Taqrir

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