28/10/2014 - 12:02 pm
Amnesty International: Qatar’s human rights record has been under the spotlight like never before and it hasn’t been a pretty sight’ - Allan Hogarth

Bahrain’s authorities must immediately release Nabeel Rajab, a prominent human rights activist who has been detained over tweets he posted that were deemed insulting to the Ministries of Interior and Defence said Amnesty International, ahead of a verdict in his case on Wednesday.

Saudi women are demanding harsher and more official regulations against sexual harassment as they enter into new work domains.

A Specialised Criminal Court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a prominent Shia clergyman, Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, to death on vague charges of “breaking allegiance to the ruler” and “encouraging, leading and participating in demonstrations.”

A Saudi court in Riyadh on Monday sentenced three lawyers to up to eight years in jail after they criticized the Ministry of Justice on Twitter. The lawyers were also hit with travel bans of varying lengths and an indefinite ban on appearing in the media or using social networking websites.

Wong is just 18 and has emerged as the face of the Hong Kong protest movement; Al-Kishi is 19 and is serving prison sentence in Bahrain for organising poor Shia demonstrators; Poe, 25, is one of the mobilisers of black minorities in Missouri, US

This is not really true. You can’t say all Saudis are like that because my mother is a kafeel (sponsor) and doesn’t impose upon her workers. I agree that there are many Saudis who get a lot of money from their workers and treat them badly, but still there are many Saudis who fear Allah. Kareem Al-Sharef

Some reports recently spoke about the intention of the Cabinet to increase the price of a litre of petrol from 65 fils to 110 fils, raise the price of bread from 50 to 100 fils and raise the price of electricity from 5 to 7 fils per kilo watt. Whether this information is a rumor or a real intention by the government, it only shows what many have warned this country from – of depending on a sole resource which is oil, with no diversification plans.

BY QANTA AHMED Special To The Washington PostSeptember 10, 2014 I was first invited to a beheading in Saudi Arabia while working as a physician in Riyadh. It was 1999, and I was an attending intensive care specialist in an advanced medical system that valued my U.S. training. As we finished resuscitating a patient, a colleague casually said: “We’re going to Chop-Chop Square tomorrow. Do you want to see a beheading?”

Transition, stability and humanitarian conditions Steven Zyck * **Dr Aly El Kabbani Recent events in Yemen have surprised many and caused a furore in the Arab echelons of power. It is assumed that the “Arab Spring” had been brought to a leafy Autumn and that the old status quo had been re-instated. What do the recent events in the South Western Arabia represent? Will they alter the balance of power in the Arabian Peninsula? Has this sudden uprising renewed the people’s drive to achieve democratic transformation in the region? The Yemeni change deserves closer attention with objectivity. 8th October, 2014

Open Discussions/ Gulf Cultural Club The war on terrorism, ISIS and war crimes 17th September, 2014 Stephen Bell * Father Ishaq Tuza** Sajjad Jiyad***

After the Arab Spring: How Islamists Hijacked the Middle East Revolts [Book] by John R. Bradley in Books - 20/03/2012

Book of Imam Ali (AS) Released in Turkey - 21/02/2012
According to the information center of Imam Ali Specialized Library, the book is the second volume of a series published by Revak in Turkey on the Prophet's House.

Gabriele vom Bruck F o r e w o r d b y F r e d H a l l i d a y Cover design by Eugene Kuo Cover photograph Muhammad b. Muhammad Zabarah, historian (right), and his son Ahmad, the late Mufti of the Republic of Yemen, 1940s. middle eastern studies “This highly original book offers fresh insight into how traditional ideas of person, society, and responsibility, reworked in the cauldron of revolution and rapidly changing economic and political conditions, remain central to understanding contemporary society and identity politics.