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Garbage Collectors and the Struggle for Workers' Rights in Yemen

“I will do everything I can to grow a field in the desert.” - Haidar Swaid, Member of the Garbage Collectors Syndicate In both the foreign and local press, conventional frameworks for understanding the uprising in Yemen locate its popular impetus within two main social groupings: the disaffected middle-class urban ...  Read More »

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في السعودية فقط.. نقابة صحافيين بلا نقباء

إنك لا تجني من الشوك العنب والدولة المستبدة لا تنجب الحرية، إنما الحرية تولد من رحم الأحرار. وهل يمكن لدولة تعتقل أكثر من ١٪ من مجمل مواطنيها وتغيبهم وراء ضوء الشمس في سجون الرأي ومصادرة الحرية وتنكل بهم لتجعلهم عبرة لمن يعشق الحرية ويسعى لها أن تتغنى بالحرية أو حتى ترسم رسماً كروكياً لها؟ هل يمكن لنظام كهذا أن يهب ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 29)

[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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Missing in Bahrain: On Ali Abdulemam (Video)

Ali Abdulemam, founder and creator of BahrainOnline.org and a leading social media activist in the Gulf region, has been missing in Bahrain since March 2011. Just a few weeks before Ali went missing, he was released from prison as a result of the widespread protests at Pearl Roundabout in Bahrain. Ali had ...  Read More »

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War Against Activists: Turning Saudi Arabia Into A Big Prison

In a secret session on 10 April 2012, the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced Mohammed Saleh Al-Bajady, who was denied legal representation, to four years in prison followed by a five-year travel ban. A day later, the same court sentenced Dr. Yousif Al Ahmad, dean of the law faculty of Imam Mohamed Bin Saud ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 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 ap@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Ali from Bahrain: How I Became a Refugee (In both Arabic and English)

هذا الشريط ضمن سلسة من الأفلام تنشرها ”جدلية“ بالإتفاق مع موقع ”العربي الحر“ ومن انتاجه. توثق هذه الأفلام الوثائقية القصيرة التي تتراوح مدتها بين دقيقتين إلى ثلاث دقائق لجوانب في الحياة اليومية لهؤلاء الذين تتحدث عنهم، وتبعات الثورات العربية سلباً وايجاباً على حياتهم. تتبع الكاميرات حيوات أفراد من أجيال وطبقات مختلفة، ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 15)

Saudi-Bahrain Proposed Unity "Gulf states 'need time to study' union plan," an article on the vague proposal of a union among the Gulf states to replace the Gulf Cooperation Council, by Elizabeth Dickinson in The National. "Gulf unity plan on hold amid Iranian warning," a news report on the ...  Read More »

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Saudi Feminism: Between Mama Amreeka and Baba Abdullah

On 9 May 2012, Manal al-Sharif was awarded the Havel Prize for Creative Dissent at the Oslo Freedom Forum in Norway. This came shortly after al-Sharif was honored as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World at a Gala in New York City. Such events have given rise to a pattern: just as numerous pictures ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 8)

[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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The End(s) of Stability

In September 2010, Saudi Arabia marked the anniversary of the 1962 Republican Revolution in Yemen by funding lavish parties in the country’s capital. Large numbers of Yemenis thronged the Saudi Arabian embassy in Sana’a to collect the cash dispensed to commemorate this momentous occasion. Such a degree of ...  Read More »

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ثوار السعودية: مقابلة مع منظمي صفحة ثوار المنطقة الشرقية

ما الذي يحدث في المنطقة الشرقية في الممكلة العربية السعودية؟ لقد نجحت الأمبراطورية الإعلامية التي تمتكلها المملكة، بالتعاون مع جهازها الأمني، في منع وصول أخبار التطورات في القطيف إلى العالم إلى حد بعيد. كما لجأ النظام السعودي إلى حملة مضادة للثورة متعددة الاتجاهات لقمع الانتفاضة في العام الماضي. وعلى الرغم من ...  Read More »

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الشيوعي العتيق إسحاق الشيخ يعقوب

 الطريق إلى الشيوعية عبر النفط... أصدر الكاتب إسحاق الشيخ يعقوب (مواليد 1927) من أدب السجون كتاب"المساءلة"(دار الفارابي، 2011) بعد أن أصدر سيرته الذاتية في عمل موسع بمجلدين "إني أشم رائحة مريم"(2002/2010).هذه المقالة تقدم بورتريه مناضل سعودي. إن مسيرة أي عربي شيوعي لا تبتعد عن أمور ثلاثة، ...  Read More »

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Patriotic Criticism

This post is in response to some people’s comments regarding my criticism of aspects of the Yemeni transitional government. I was told by someone that my criticism is “accusatory, and will cause the state to fail!”  I am humbled by the power this person has given me, as I do not have the means to make the state ...  Read More »

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Riot Police Violently Disperse Bedoon Protest in Kuwait's Freedom Square

[The following is a Bedoon Rights report on the violent break-up of a Bedoon protest on 1 May 2012 in Freedom Square and the consequent arrest of fourteen protesters, including one journalist.] After two weeks of waiting, around two hundred Bedoon protesters gathered in the Taima area to protest for their right to ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (May 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 ap@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States

Adam Hanieh, Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. [This review was originally published in the most recent issue of Arab Studies Journal. For more information on the issue, or to subscribe to ASJ, click here.] What if capitalists in a particular country could draw on a ...  Read More »

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Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja: "Free Bird"

[The following is an animation narrated by Zainab Al-Khawaja after a phone call with her dad and before she was arrested on 21 April 2012 for protesting the Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain. Abdulhadi al-Khawaja enters his 80th day on hunger strike today, as his status and whereabouts remain unknown. The Bahraini ...  Read More »

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Press Release: Front Line Defenders Demand "Proof of Life" as Abdulhadi al-Khawaja Enters 79th Day of Hunger Strike

[The following press release was issued by Front Line Defenders on Thursday, 26 April 2012, as Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s status and whereabouts remain unverified. Today marks the 79th day of his hunger strike.]   PRESS RELEASE—for immediate release On the 78th Day of Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s hunger strike in ...  Read More »

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Abdulhadi al-Khawaja Enters 78th Day on Hungerstrike in Bahrain

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ننادي ببطلان مبايعة الأمير نايف ملكًا

‪]‬تم نشر هذه العريضة ألكترونياً يوم الأثنين، المصادف ٢٣ مارس ٢٠١٢. وقامت أكثر من ٢٤٠ شخصية سعودية بالتوقيع عليها إلى حد الآن. بأمكانكم الاطلاع على العريضة الأصلية هنا ] بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم بدء التوقيع الرياض: الثلاثاء 25/5/1433هـ، الموافق 17/4/2012م. "ننادي ببطلان مبايعة الأمير نايف ملكاً؟ كيف يكون ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 24)

[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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Press Release: Bahrain Watch Founding Member Dr. Alaa Al-Shehabi Arrested

[The following press release was issued by Bahrain Watch on 22 April 2012 regarding Alaa al-Shehabi's arrest earlier today. To read articles written by Al-Shehabi for Jadaliyya, click here.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: bill@bahrainwatch.org Twitter: @bhwatch April 22, 2012 Bahrain Watch Founding ...  Read More »

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How the Media Failed Abdulhadi

Since the start of the Arab Spring, which has led to many new seasons of protest in turn, the media has often gravitated to individual activists who have become leading figures in mobilizing the public during these revolutions. Tawakul Karman in Yemen, Ahmed Maher in Egypt and Moncef Marzouki in Tunisia—these are ...  Read More »

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Press Release: A Dangerous Escalation - At Least 11 Shotgun Injuries on 18 April 2012 in Bahrain

[The following press release was released by Bahrain Watch on 19 April 2012.] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: bill@bahrainwatch.org  Twitter: @bhwatch April 19, 2012 A DANGEROUS ESCALATION: AT LEAST 11 SHOTGUN INJURIES ON 18 APRIL 2012 Bahrain Watch Identifies Cyprus, UK, and Italian Birdshot, and Other ...  Read More »

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No Boycotts Here: Veolia's Booming Business from OPT to KSA

Veolia, a publicly owned French company that provides environmental services in the fields of water, waste management, energy and transportation, has long been the target of one of the most successful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns for its violation of Palestinian human rights. In the Occupied ...  Read More »

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Kuwait's Muslim Brotherhood

Islamist political movements have been sweeping the polls in post Arab uprisings that were sparked not by religious fervor and ideology, but by demands for democracy and freedom. Revolutionaries, who succeeded in toppling dictators such as those in Egypt and Tunisia, resent that Islamists who had little to do with ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 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 ap@jadaliyya.com by ...  Read More »

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Kuwait's Legislative Absurdity: Kuwaiti MPs Approve Death Penalty for “Cursing God”

Where to begin? The 1961 Press and Publications Law in Kuwait stipulates that blasphemy is a crime punishable by a prison sentence that ranges from a few months to several years. Following more stringent laws in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, the Kuwaiti Parliament just approved ...  Read More »

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Arabian Peninsula Media Roundup (April 13)

[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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