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Theorizing the Arabian Peninsula: Introduction to the Roundtable

This electronic roundtable marks the one-year anniversary of Jadaliyya's Arabian Peninsula Page, in which time we have hosted work by activists, journalists, artists, and scholars that has made a significant intellectual—and, we hope, political—contribution. Despite the sophisticated, critical, and oft-politically engaged literature emerging from and about the Arabian Peninsula, however, the region remains marginalized, in multiple ways, within academic and popular analyses. ...

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موتٌ معلن في السعودية

قد يكون مستغرباً أن تغدو السعودية عضوا في مجلس حقوق الإنسان. الدولة التّي تتوسع بإعدام سجنائها بحجّة تطبيق الشريعة الإسلامية. وتقطع الأيدي والرؤوس، وتحاكم من دون قانونٍ وضعي واضح، ووفق حكم يخضع حرفياً لرؤية القاضي وتفسيراته ومزاجه الشخصي.  قد يكتفي القاضي بقرارٍ لا ...

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Introduction: On Turki al-Hamad's Al-Karadib

My first roommate in Riyadh was a French teacher who once tutored an ex-political prisoner. The man was a retired lawyer who had belonged to a Marxist-Leninist network in the sixties, and had been part of a coup attempt against King Faisal.  He had been tipped off right ...

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 22)

[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 ...  Read More »

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The Case Against Qatar: Host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup

[The following report was published by the International Trade Union Confederation on 16 March 2014] The Case Against Qatar: Host of the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qatar is a government which takes no responsibility for workers. $140 billion of infrastructure is forecast to get Qatar ready to host the 2022 World ...  Read More »

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United States: Send Detainees Home to Yemen (Video)

[The following video was released by Human Rights Watch on 7 April 2014]  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 15)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Human Rights Violations in Bahrain during Formula One Race Period

[The following joint briefing was written by the undersigned and issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 6 April, 2014] On the morning of the Grand Prix race which will take place today at 6pm in Sakhir; BCHR (Bahrain Center for Human Rights), BIRD (Bahrain Institute for Rights & Democracy) and BYSHR ...  Read More »

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Son of UAE94 Detainee Tortured for Four Days

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 3 April 2014] Osama Al Najjar, an Emirati human rights activist and the son of one of the 'UAE94', was tortured for four days during his secret detention by officers from the state security services who arrested him for a tweet. He was ...  Read More »

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Urgent Concern Related to Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Expression and of Association in Qatar

[The following briefing was written by the Gulf Center for Human Rights and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Issued by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 28 March 2014] Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review 19th Session of the UPR Working Group 1. (A) Introduction  1.1 CIVICUS:World ...  Read More »

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Tamara Al-Samerai: Make Room For Me

Make Room For Me An exhibition by Tamara Al-Samerai 21 January - 12 February 2014 Gypsum Gallery, Cairo   Kuwaiti artist Tamara Al-Samerai's recent solo show is loosely inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Al-Samerai engages with the book as a story about societal values that tackles ...  Read More »

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Open Letter to Saudi Minister of Interior Demanding Release of Human Rights Activist al-Qahtani

[The following open letter was issued by the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)] Your Royal Highness, I write to you on behalf of the Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) to express our concern regarding economics professor Mohammad ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 1)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Human Rights Watch Briefing on Saudi Arabia's New 'Terrorism Laws'

[The following briefing was published by Human Rights Watch on 20 March 2014] Saudi Arabia’s new terrorism law and a series of related royal decrees create a legal framework that appears to criminalize virtually all dissident thought or expression as terrorism. The sweeping provisions in the measures, all issued ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Bahrain Activists Return from Korea Seeking to Ban Tear Gas Exports

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 26 March 2014] A Bahrain Watch delegation has returned from a weeklong visit to Seoul, at the invitation of South Korean civil society activists.  The purpose of the trip was to educate the government and public about ongoing human rights violations and ...  Read More »

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The Terrorism Law in Bahrain: A Tool to Silence Dissidents

[The following report was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights 13 March 2014] The Terrorism Law in Bahrain: A Tool to Silence Dissidents Introduction In 2011, the grassroots movement that started in Bahrain demanding democracy, rights and freedoms was met with large scale brute violence by the ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 25)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Reporters Without Borders Statement on Harassment of Media in Yemen

[The following joint briefing was issued by the Freedom Foundation, the Union of Journalists, and Reporters Without Borders. It was published by Reporters Without Borders on 13 March 2014] Two years after Abd Rab Mansour Hadi became president, the situation of freedom of information in Yemen continues to be very ...  Read More »

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Joint Statement: NGOs Condemn Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate Protestors' Demands

[The following statement was issued by the undersigned and published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 4 March 2014] Joint Statement: NGOs Express Concern over Escalation of Violence in Bahrain and Reiterate the Legitimate Demands of Peaceful Protestors The undersigned NGO’s express in the strongest terms ...  Read More »

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Oman Intensifies Localization Strategies

[The following briefing was published by Migrant Rights on 13 February 2014] Nationalization policies in Oman and the wider Gulf region are not new; many programs began in the late 1980s and enforcement has since fluctuated – often waning in periods of heavy development and revived in economic downturns. The spade of ...  Read More »

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GCHR Annual Report 2014: Rising Human Rights Challenges in the Gulf Region and Beyond

[The following report was published by the Gulf Center for Human Rights on 1 March 2014] Rising Human Rights Challenges in the Gulf Region and Beyond: Annual Report of the Gulf Center for Human Rights 2014 Executive Summary This is the second annual report of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR).  GCHR ...  Read More »

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Press Release: UN Claims UAE Government Has Duty to Release UAE94

[The following press release was issued on 20 March 2014 by the Alkarama Foundation] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention's independent experts adopted an opinion confirming the arbitrary nature of the detention of those detained in the 'UAE94' case and requested the UAE government release them. Today, the UN ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Crackdown on 'UAE94' Activists Extends to Relatives

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 19 March 2014] Two days ago, Osama Al Najjar, a 25 year-old architectural engineer, was arrested on the road by several men in civilian clothes on his way back home from a visit to his doctor at around 4 pm. Osama is now being held in an unknown ...  Read More »

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Bahrain Watch Delegation Visits Korea for Arms Control Campaign

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 17 March 2014] Delegation of Activists Visit Korea for Arms Control Campaign Bahrain Watch to Participate in Press Conference at South Korean National Assembly A Bahrain Watch delegation has arrived in Seoul, South Korea to bolster a legislative effort for ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 18)

 [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 ...  Read More »

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A Wedding That Became a Funeral: US Drone Attack on Marriage Procession in Yemen

[The following report was published by Human Rights Watch on 20 February 2014] A Wedding That Became a Funeral: US Drone Attack on Marriage Procession in Yemen Summary On December 12, 2013, a United States aerial drone launched four Hellfire missiles on a convoy of 11 cars and pickup trucks during a ...  Read More »

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BCHR: Discrimination Against Women in Bahraini Society and Legislation

[The following report was published by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights on 10 February 2014]  Discrimination Against Women in Bahraini Society and Legislation Overview of Women's Rights in Bahrain: Initially, one should look at the context of what human rights means. Are government officials in the Arab ...  Read More »

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On Saudi-Qatari Tensions: Ian Masters Interviews Toby C. Jones

In this 12 March 2014 interview on the radio show Background Briefing with Ian Masters, Toby Jones discusses recent regional political developments in the Arabian Peninsula. Jones, a professor of modern Middle East history at Rutgers, examines the escalating inter-Gulf tensions between Saudi Arabia and ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Seven-Year UAE Prison Sentence for Qatari Doctor Based on Forced Confessions

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 9 March 2014] UAE: Qatari Doctor Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison on Basis of Forced Confessions Dr Abdulrahmane Al Jaidah, a Qatari doctor arrested one year ago at Dubai international Airport by the State Security Services, was sentenced to seven ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Saudi Human Rights Defenders on Hunger Strike after One Year in Prison

[The following press release was issued by the Alkarama Foundation on 9 March 2014] Saudi Arabia: On One-Year Anniversary in Prison, Prominent Human Rights Defenders are on Hunger Strike On 9 March 2013, Abdullah Al Hamid and Mohammad Al Qahtani, two prominent Saudi human rights defenders, were sentenced by the ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 11)

[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 ...  Read More »

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Challenging the Red Lines: Stories of Rights Activists in Saudi Arabia

[The following report was published by Human Rights Watch on 17 December 2013] Challenging the Red Lines: Stories of Rights Activists in Saudi Arabia Introduction  Civil society and human rights activists in Saudi Arabia are struggling for greater popular political participation, judicial reform, and an end to ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (March 4)

[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 ...  Read More »

About the Arabian Peninsula Page

Despite its regional and global significance, the Arabian Peninsula has played a tangential role in the study of the modern Middle East. Jadaliyya’s Arabian Peninsula Page seeks to further the debates on the region and its eighty million inhabitants from a myopic focus on statistics, conjecture, and religious violence to one on people and communities, everyday hardships and popular struggles, culture and politics. It will bring together scholars, writers, artists, bloggers, journalists, activists, and photographers who work on or live in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The goal is to provide an open and collaborative space for the production of knowledge on a region that has largely escaped critical engagement.

 

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BAHRAIN

Population:                                                   1,261,835
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                      20.6
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                17,609
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):      1,108
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  3.0
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            86.5
Internet Users (2010):                                     694,009

KUWAIT

Population:                                                    2,736,732
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                     109.5
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                 41,365
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):      1,416
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  3.0
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            93.3
Internet Users (2010):                                   1,100,000

OMAN

Population:                                                    2,782,435
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                       46.9
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                 17,280
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):         497
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  7.6
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            81.4
Internet Users (2010):                                   1,741,804

QATAR

Population:                                                    1,758,793
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                       98.3
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                 61,532
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):      1,715
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  2.3
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                               89
Internet Users (2010):                                   1,213,567

SAUDI ARABIA

Population:                                                  27,448,086
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                     372.7
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                 15,711
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):         714
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  8.0
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            82.9
Internet Users (2010):                                 11,253,715

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Population:                                                    7,511,690
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                     270.3
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                13,901
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):      1,520
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  4.3
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            88.7
Internet Users (2010):                                   5,859,118

YEMEN

Population:                                                 24,052,514
GDP ($ US billions 2009):                                      26.4
GDP Per Capita ($ US billions 2009):                  1,130
Health Expenditure per capita ($ US 2009):           64
Military Expenditure (% of GDP 2008):                  4.4
Adult literacy rate (% age 15+):                            54.1
Internet Users (2010):                                  2,609,698

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