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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (July 24)

[Kuwait National Assembly addressed by Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 15 February 2012. Photo by Kuwaitelections2012] [Kuwait National Assembly addressed by Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, 15 February 2012. Photo by Kuwaitelections2012]

[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

Arab instability and US strategy Joseph Massad examines the US policies in the region, including the Gulf states, in light of the Arab uprisings, on Al-Jazeera English.

Pentagon Resumes Arms Aid to Yemen for Counter-Terrorism Tony Capaccio reports on the $112 million US weaponry aid to Yemen, on Businessweek.

US 'building missile defence radar' in Qatar A news report on the Pentagon decision to build a missile defence radar for security reasons, on Al-Jazeera English.

Saudi spy chief move hints at policy shift  Abeer Allam examines the appointment of Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the head of intelligence agencies in light of the Arab uprisings and his close connections with Washington, in Financial Times.

Saudi Appointment Suggests Bigger Regional Ambitions Ellen Knickmeyer similarly reflects on the implication of this appointment, in The Wall Street Journal.

Reports and Opinions

Saudi Shi'ite protests show rise of more radical generation Angus McDowall analyzes the significance of the growing protests among Saudi Arabia's Shia, on Euronews.

The Al-Saud succession challenge Matthew Martin writes on the question of succession in the kingdom, on AMEinfo.

Banishing Sex from Sanaa to Beirut Jamal Jubran remembers the changes in Yemeni movie theaters in terms of audience and censorship since the early 1990s and discerns a similar pattern in censorship in theaters in Beirut.

Qatif unrest and what lies ahead A report on the ongoing protests in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, on The Stream on Al-Jazeera English.

Doctors go underground to treat protesters in Bahrain Philip Walter Wellman writes on the underground network of Bahraini medics who provide care for protesters injured during clashes with security forces, in The Christian Science Monitor.

Sarah Bint Talal: Voiceless in the Kingdom Afif Diab provides a portrait of Princess Sarah bint Talal who applied for asylum in United Kingdom.

A Youth-Coup Against the Kuwait Opposition Mona Kareem analyzes the implications of a new statement issued by young political activists for the opposition in Kuwait.

Saudi Arabia calls for special Islamic summit A news report on King Abdulla's call for a meeting to address the risks of 'sedition' facing Muslim countries.

Protesters target US Consulate Alex Consiglio reports on a small protest in front of the US consulate in Toronto, on Toronto Sun.

Al-Kharafi says Kuwait cannot bear constitutional instability A news report on Kuwait's National Assembly Speaker's opinion on the question of the constitution, on Kuwait News Agency.

Jail terms for Omanis for online 'slander' A news report on the sentences given to six Omani activists, on Al-Jazeera English.

Human Rights Watch

UAE: Crackdown on Islamist Group Intensifies A statement issued by Human Rights Watch condemning the arrest of thirteen activists affiliated with al-Islah, an Islamist group.

Oman: Drop Cases Against Online Activists A statement issued by Human Rights Watching calling on the Omani authorities to drop the charges against online activists.

Citizenship and Statelessness

Send him away A report on the deportation of Ahmed Abdelkhaleq, an Emirati political activists, and thousands of stateless people in this Gulf state, in The Economist.

Crisis in Yemen

Yemenis left with mixed feelings after government troops oust Islamists
Sam Kimball writes on the Yemeni civilians' reactions to the government's success in ousting Ansar al-Sharia from southern Yemen, in The Guardian.

A Voice of Authority Emerges from the Opposition in Yemen Laura Kasinof writes on Hammoud Saeed al-Mikhlafi's new role as the arbiter of the city of Taiz in the wake of the weakening of the government since the ousting of Ali Abdullah Saleh, in The New York Times.

Children bear brunt of Yemen hunger crisis Abigail Fielding-Smith argues that there is no shortage of food in Yemen but families cannot afford buying it, in Financial Times.

Yemen's power vacuum could provide window for secessionists Adam Baron examines the history of the unification of the two Yemens in 1990 and the growing separatist movement in southern Yemen, in The Christian Science Monitor.

Relatives Sue Officials Over U.S. Citizens Killed by Drone Strikes in Yemen Charlie Savage argues the lawsuit filed against senior national security officials "opened a new chapter in the legal wrangling over the Obama administration's use of drones," in The New York Times.


السعودية وصراع الوجود
Fuad Ibrahim writes on Saudi Arabia and its struggle to exist amid changes in the region. 

السعودية وطوق الجمهوريات الاسلامية
Dr. Madawi al-Rasheed analyzes the strategies adopted by Saudi Arabia to deal with the Arab uprisings and the emergence of Islamist regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.

دلالات عودة بندر بن سلطان رئيسا للمخابرات السعودية
Nidhal Himada reflects on the appointment of Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the head of the intelligence agency in Saudi Arabia.

الشيخ الصفار: قضايا الشعوب لا تعالج بالتجاهل أو الالتفاف
Sheikh Hasan al-Saffar calls on the governments in the region to adopt a different approach in dealing with issues of concern to the people.

واشنطن تستأنف تسليح اليمن
Mohammed Delbah reports on the US decision to provide weapons to the Yemeni government.

فقر وفساد في اليمن
Yahya Salih Muhsin writes on poverty and corruption in Yemen.

حملة عنيفة على مرسي بسبب دعوته لتحالف سني مع السعودية.. ومطالبة بعدم الخضوع للمرشد
Hasanin Karoum writes on the campaign against the Egyptian president after his call for a Sunni alliance with Saudi Arabia.

المخاوف المشروعة في البحرين وتدوير الزوايا
Mohammed al-Othman calls for a vision that will put an end to the Sunni fears of Shia control over the state by implementing modern laws that do not give an upper hand to any group.

اليمن: الانفصام السياسي للدولة الانتقالية
Dr. Mohammed al-Bana writes on the current political situation in Yemen, where the US and Saudi ambassadors exert considerable power.

الدبلوماسية السعودية تحارب بلدها
Dr. Shah Bandar al-Jarrali compares the experiences in the Saudi and Iranian embassies in Pakistan.

السعودية تعطل الحوار: ١٤ آذار تعلق مشاركتها
An editorial article arguing that the decision made by March 14 to suspend its participation in a parliamentary session dedicated to dialogue was condoned by Saudi Arabia.

السعودية تفرج عن نساء معتقلات لهن علاقة بالقاعدة
An article on the release of women affiliated with al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia.

من هو "مجتهد" في توتير السعودية؟
An article on a Saudi activist on Twitter using the name "Mujtahidd."

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