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Free Nawaf al-Rasheed - Voice Project
Al-Rasheed’s arrest comes amidst a recent crackdown on freedom of expression inside Saudi Arabia as well as increased targeting of Qatari citizens and fabrication of charges against them. In all circumstances, recent analyses of Saudi Interior Ministry information show that arbitrary detentions of longer than six months without court proceedings or contact with family and lawyers have become the norm.
ksa  qatar  art  government  corruption 
9 days ago by craniac
Exclusive: Mesa to include nine countries while prioritising Iran threat - The National, Sep 26, 2018
In an interview with The National on Wednesday, Mr Lenderking divulged details about the structure of Mesa and its long term prospects. He said besides the Gulf Cooperation Council members – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman – the US and both Egypt and Jordan would be members of such an alliance.
Gulf_region  GCC  Saudi-Arabia  USG  Iran  Qatar  Oman  Bahrain  UAE  Jordan  Egypt 
11 days ago by elizrael
A plague of Twitter bots is roiling the Middle East - The Washington Post, June 2, 2018
Our research shows that Persian Gulf regimes create — or order the creation — of thousands of bots to tweet in a coordinated fashion. This time last year, one of the authors found that 17 percent of a random sample of Arabic tweets mentioning Qatar were tweeted by bots. By this May, the number had climbed to 29 percent.
Twitter  Gulf_region  Qatar  Saudi-Arabia 
9 weeks ago by elizrael
Middle East Centre – Tribal Social Evolution and Gender: Conflict in Urbanized Tribal Units, July 13, 2018
She tweeted about her poem in reaction to the forced divorce of a tribal woman – Salma – from her husband of thirteen years and father of her five children as he was of non-tribal background, and thus an unfit match by tribal standards. Other evidence of the difficulty tribal mores can cause women, in particular in a modern urban setting, are plentiful.

Haya al Mughni has pointed out such difficulties are also pervasive in established urban tribes as well as the more recently settled bedouin population. She describes how the merchant class and elite Kuwaitis control women through arranged marriages and through placing a disproportionate amount of responsibility on these women for the preservation of family honour: “those of the elite and the merchant class have been the most eager to preserve the kin relations from which they gain prestige and access to many privileges. Their loyalty to their own class has often superseded their loyalty to members of their own sex”, up to and including issues surrounding their right to marry and bear children if a socio-economically suitable match was not available to them.
tribes  Qatar  women_rights  UAE  ModestyObsession 
10 weeks ago by elizrael
Saudi Arabia Planned to Invade Qatar Last Summer. Rex Tillerson’s Efforts to Stop It May Have Cost Him His Job.
If the Saudis had succeeded in seizing Doha, they would potentially have been able to gain access to the country’s $320 billion sovereign wealth fund.
SaudiArabia  qatar 
10 weeks ago by yorksranter
Twitter
RT : Articles on LGBT topics are being censored in host —including one I wrote for (ironical…
WorldCup  Qatar  from twitter
10 weeks ago by dgmcgillivray
Twitter
to Invest $500m in 's "10 New Balis" focusing on Indonesia's 10 priority destinations including La…
Qatar  Indonesia  from twitter_favs
10 weeks ago by hwileniu
Disposable People, Dying to Build a City in the Desert
On the precarious labor situation in the Gulf, as seen through the literary imagination.
GCC  UAE  literature  reviews  labor  India  Qatar 
july 2018 by micahrobbins

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