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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (September 29)

Emergency services during the stampede in Mina during the Hajj. image from Hecham Messoudi via twitter Emergency services during the stampede in Mina during the Hajj. image from Hecham Messoudi via twitter

[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

France urges Saudi Arabia to cancel death penalty for young Shi'ite
France calls on Saudi Arabia not to execute Ali Mohammad al-Nimr.

Is the U.S. drone program in Yemen working?
Jillian Schwedler provides a critical analysis of the US drone program in Yemen.

Gulf Arabs oppose Russia role in Syria, still bent on Assad's ouster
Russia’s military intervention in Syria has dismayed Gulf states.

U.S. State Deparmtent “Welcomes” News that Saudi Arabia Will Head U.N. Human Rights Panel
Glenn Greenwald argues that the news of Saudi Arabia heading a key UN human rights panel, which raised concerns around the world, has not worried the US State Department.

Op Nimr: Anonymous targets Saudi websites as teen awaits crucifixion for ‘anti-govt activities’
Anonymous has called out Saudi Arabia for its horrific human rights record by attacking the kingdom’s government websites.

Where Does Oman And Iran’s Pipeline Leave Saudi Arabia? Analysis
Akhil Shah analyzes the implications of an Iranian-Omani pipeline for Saudi Arabia.

British trade unions call for independent audit of UK aid to Bahrain
Trade unionists call for the United Kingdom to take a “critical stance against violations of basic rights.”

Kuwait, Turkey to hold joint military exercise
A news report on Kuwaiti-Turkish military exercises to be held soon.

Houthi release of two Americans shows US indifference to third, lawyers say
A news report on Sharif Mobley, the US citizen whose whereabouts in Yemen are still unknown.

Opinions and Reports

Saudi Arabia's troubling death sentence
Adam Coogle expresses concern over the imminent execution of Ali Mohammad al-Nimr.

Senior Saudi royal urges leadership change for fear of monarchy collapse
Rori Donaghy reports on the significance of the letter written by a grandson of the late King Abdulaziz calling on the ruling family to hold an emergency meeting.

Mecca's $7,000-per-night makeshift room
Basma Atassi reports on the Saudi authorities’ ban of VIP camps in Mina because they “defy the spirit of Hajj.”

Saudi Prince Arrested at L.A. Mansion After Neighbors Reportedly Spot Bleeding Woman Screaming for Help
A twenty-eight-year-old Saudi prince was arrested after a neighbor reportedly spotted a bleeding woman in his mansion. 

FIFA sets start date for 2022 Qatar World Cup
FIFA announces that the 2022 tournament will start on 21 November and end on 18 December.

Hajj Stampede

Hajj stampede: At least 717 killed in Saudi Arabia
A news report on the death toll of the Hajj stampede. 

Mecca Eid al-Adha Hajj Stampede: Saudi prince blames African pilgrims for over 700 dead
Prince Khaled al-Faisal blames the stampede on “some pilgrims with African nationalities.” 

Hajj stampede: Saudi king orders safety review
King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage.

Saudi Arabia Faces Criticism Over Hajj Stampede That Killed 700
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council accuses Riyadh of “incompetence.”

 Saudi minister: Pilgrims may have ignored instructions
The Saudi health minister says that pilgrims who failed to follow instructions may have caused the stampede.

Hajj stampede: Iran's Rouhani calls for investigation at UN
President Hassan Rouhani has used a speech at the United Nations to call for an investigation into the Hajj stampede.

Hajj stampede: former Iranian diplomat thought to be among dead
The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon is feared to be among the dead in the stampede.

Haj death toll rises to 769, Iran denounces 'crime'
A news report on the latest death toll of the stampede.

Repression in Bahrain

Fresh anti-regime rallies staged across Bahrain
A news report on protesters taking to the streets to demand the fall of the regime in Bahrain.

Crisis in Yemen

The Destruction of Yemen’s Antiquities
Sarah Moawad reports on the destruction of Yemeni cultural heritage sites in the Saudi-led operation on Yemen. 

Yemen crisis: President Hadi returns to Aden from exile
A news report on the arrival of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Aden.

Preview: Who is to blame for the war in Yemen?
The Yemeni Nobel Laureate, Tawakkol Karman, denies supporting the Saudi-led operation in Yemen. 

Yemen suicide bombing in Sanaa mosque 'kills 25'
A suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Sanaa has left at least twenty-five people dead.

Helicopter attack kills 30 civilians in Yemen village: residents, medics
Airstrikes by helicopters flying from Saudi Arabia killed thirty civilians in Bani Zela.

Saudi general dies of wounds in Yemen conflict
A Saudi brigadier general died of wounds incurred on the border with Yemen.

Saudi-led coalition strikes kill at least 50 in Yemen
An airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition killed fifty people in Sanaa.


Egypt pardons and releases jailed al-Jazeera journalists
The Egyptian president grants clemency to Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.


الإمارات: “100 ألف سوري عبء كبير علينا”
The Emirati foreign minister asserts that one hundred thousand Syrian refugees are a big burden on his country. 

السعودية قد تعدم علي النمر في أي لحظة!
Saudi authorities may execute Ali Mohammad al-Nimr at any minute. 

من هو الشاب علي محمد النمر المهدد بالإعدام والصلب بالسعودية؟
A news report on Ali Mohammad al-Nimr. 

مأساة جديدة في موسم الحج:
مئات الضحايا بتدافع في منى

A news report on a stampede during the Hajj that left hundreds of pilgrims dead. 

السعودية تدافع عن نفسها: تحقيق سريع وشفاف بفاجعة التدافع
Saudi authorities promise a quick and transparent investigation into the Hajj stampede. 

عندما اندلعت الحرب السعوديّة ــ الإيرانيّة!
Zuhair Andraous examines the ongoing war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. 

السعودية: مقتل شرطي و"داعشي" في تبادل للنار
The Saudi interior minister said that a Saudi soldier and a member of the Islamic State died after exchanging fire. 

السعودية: مقتل مدنيين وشرطي في هجومين
Two civilians and a policeman died in separate attacks in Hail in Saudi Arabia. 

حادث مِنى.. حالة عربية خاصة
Abdullah al-Nasser Salame analyzes Egypt’s denial that there were Egyptian casualties in the Hajj stampede. 

"داعش" يتبنّى تفجير مسجد في صنعاء
The Islamic State claims responsibility for an attack on a mosque in Sanaa. 

«القاعدة» في حضرموت: أطماع السعودية وأدوات نفوذها
Andan Bouzir writes on the expansion of al-Qa’ida in Hadramawt. 

أهالي حضرموت ينتفضون على «القاعدة» و«المجلس الأهلي»
The residents of Hadramawt rise up against al-Qa’ida and “the popular council.” 

اليمن: غارات "التحالف" تقتل 25 مدنياً
Twenty-five civilians died in a Saudi airstrike on Bani Zela. 

قتلى للجيش السعودي في هجوم على الحدود اليمنية
Two Saudi border guards died in an attack on the Saudi border with Yemen. 

السعودية والإمارات ينصران «داعش» اليمن
Nour Ayoub reports on Saudi and Emirati support of the Islamic State in Yemen. 

هادي يزاحم بحاح في عدن عودة شكليّة
A news report on the arrival of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi in Aden. 

هادي يحاول استعادة دوره.. في عدن
Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi attempts to regain his political role upon his arrival in Aden. 

تقدم في جيزان... ومجزرة في صنعاء
The Yemeni army and the “popular committee” make advances in al-Khowba while the Saudi-led coalition commits a massacre in Sanaa. 

الحوثي: بدأنا عمليات تمهيدية لخياراتنا الاستراتيجية
The Houthis start planning their strategic options. 

«أنصار الله»: الرحلة من صعدة إلى صنعاء!
The Houthis start the journey from Saada to Sanaa. 

مباحثات جديدة بين الأطراف اليمنية والأمم المتحدة في مسقط
Ali Jahiz reports on a new round of talks between different Yemeni factions and the United Nations in Muscat. 

مجزرة في صعدة: 70 شهيداً وعشرات الجرحى
A Saudi airstrike on Saada leaves seventy people dead. 

صنعاء القديمة ضحية الحقد السعودي
A news report on the destruction of old Sanaa during Saudi airstrikes. 

معركة اليمن: اذلال السلاح الأميركي

Amer Mohsen argues that the fighting in Yemen has revealed the vulnerability of US weaponry.

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