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27-07-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Dubai police chief warns of Muslim Brotherhood, Iran threat

Dubai's chief of police has warned of an "international plot" to overthrow the governments of Gulf Arab countries
27-07-2012 - The National

UAE Stateless given hope of obtaining citizenship

Officials estimate there are up to 10,000, but some rights groups estimate their numbers to be significantly higher.
26-07-2012 - Gulfnews

Saudi Mufti: Social media double edged sword and is used more for evil than good

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has warned against misusing social media to “call for chaos, protests and disobedience to leaders”.
26-07-2012 - Gulfnews

Saudi Arabia calls for extraordinary Muslim summit

Saudi Arabia has called for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held next month to address risks of “sedition” threatening Muslim countries, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.
26-07-2012 - Gulfnews

Envoy to give Saudi spy agency diplomatic savvy

He could play a key role in helping the kingdom “re-evaluate its strategies in foreign policy...
26-07-2012 - The Netherlands Helsinki Committee

Prominent lawyer and human rights defender detained in the United Arab Emirates

Dr Al Roken is e board member of Bridging the Gulf, a network of people in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council to work on peaceful progressive change and on the furtherance of human rights
26-07-2012 - Themedia Line/by Rob L. Wagner

Four Gulf States Amongst World’s Ten Fattest Nations

Kuwait is followed by Qatar, with the UAE in fifth place. Rounding out the top ten heaviest nations is Bahrain.
26-07-2012 -

Death Threats for Arab Marraige Counselor Publishing Sex Book Read more:

Wedad Lootah received death threats after the publication of her second book on sex in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
26-07-2012 - Reporters Without Borders

Authorities resort to new wave of arbitrary arrests to bolster stability

In the United Arab Emirates, claiming one’s rights is treated as a crime against state security, as demonstrated by another wave of arrests of campaigners and human rights activists between 16 and 19 July. Eighteen people were arrested, of whom 17 are still held.
26-07-2012 - Doha Centre for Media Freedom

Media and human rights bodies condemn UAE crackdown

18 Bloggers and prominent activists have been arrested in recent weeks, taking the number of prisoners of conscience in the UAE to 31

Sad news and urgent call for support

Sad news of the arrest of our founding and board member, advocate and renown human rights defender Dr Mohammed Al Roken
19-06-2012 - Kuwait Times

Cabinet forms panel to probe dispute with Dow Chemical

The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce has ordered Kuwait to pay $ 2.16 billion in compensation to US Dow Chemical over the breakdown of a planned joint venture between the two companies in 2008.
19-06-2012 - Saudi Gazette

OIC wants Muslim countries to do more against Islamophobia

Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the (OIC), has called on OIC member states to assume a pivotal role in tackling Islamophobia, pointing out that hostility against Islam had entered into a new phase which the OIC General Secretariat alone cannot deal with.
19-06-2012 - Kuwait Times

Kuwaiti amir suspends National Assembly for one month

Kuwait's National Assembly has never been suspended in this way since parliamentary life came to Kuwait half a century ago, but it was dissolved without holding elections twice - in 1976 for five years and in 1986 for six years.
19-06-2012 - Arab News

Strong and smooth transition in Saudi Kingdom

Jane Kinninmont, a Middle East and North Africa senior research fellow from London's Chatham House, said: "The new crown prince may adopt a more reformist approach... But don't expect change to come quickly or dramatically."
19-06-2012 - AFP

Oman authorities threaten to file charges against activist bloggers

Judicial officials to file charges against bloggers for demanding political reforms
19-06-2012 - AFP

Gulf activists demand release of Oman protesters

Arrested include writers, poets, bloggers, lawyers and journalists
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews

A key seminar on cybercrimes concluded on Monday with participants adopting a set of recommendations calling for, among other things, judges to be suitably trained to hear criminal cases brought against cyber criminals.
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews

835 deported as Oman fights tide of illegals

Police say rise in numbers caused by increase in human smugglers operating by sea
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Bahrain's liberal leader calls for society unity moves

Call for unity in Bahrain liberal party
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Bahrain to hold run-off poll after by-elections

Two male candidates left in field after only woman hopeful loses in first round
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Forum stresses need to tackle new threats to GCC

Rising sectarian extremism is the greatest challenge to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Bahrain’s interior minister has said.
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Health professionals in Bahrain acquitted of political charges Appeal court acquits nine medics, reduces sentences

A Bahraini court on Thursday acquitted nine of the 20 health professionals on trial and sentenced the others to terms that ranged between one month and five years.
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Death penalty for blogger urged

However, the draft, opposed by liberals, needed the endorsement of the country’s Emir and reports have suggested that it would be sent back to the parliament.
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Education parity important for marriage: Qatar study

According to the study, an overwhelming majority of Qataris said they were against the tradition of marrying relatives, while slightly less than a quarter said they supported marrying non-Qataris.
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews/by Mostafa Sheshtawy

Qatar to allow formation of workers’ committees

Draft law awaiting Emir’s approval, labour minister says
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Kuwaiti woman arrested for cross-dressing in shopping mall

Cross-dressing is banned in Kuwait and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Political row in Kuwait leaves economic plans on ice

Plans unable to pass through parliament due to infighting. Political infighting between the parliament and government has forced the resignation of two cabinet ministers in less than a month and threatens to draw in more of their cabinet colleagues
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Kuwait adjourns parliament for one month

The decision, made following consultations with the government, was taken under Article 106 of the constitution which stipulates that the Emir may adjourn the meeting of the National Assembly for a period not exceeding one month.
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Succession dilemma for Al Saud family

leading Al Saud family members recognised they had a succession problem
19-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Saudi arrests activist for 'disobeying parents'

Raef Badawi “was arrested on Sunday in [the Red Sea city of] Jeddah for unknown reasons,” said a Saudi rights activist who requested anonymity.
19-06-2012 - Middle East Online

Saudi Arabia throws liberal activist behind bars for unknown reasons

Saudi authorities have arrested a local activist who has established a liberal network, a human rights activist said on Monday
19-06-2012 - Middle East Online

No surprises: Saudi king names Salman as crown prince

King appoints Salman crown prince while keeping him on as defence minister; Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz takes over from Nayef as interior minister.
19-06-2012 - Middle East Online

Saudi Arabia seeks to boost arsenal with 600-800 German tanks

With up to 800 tanks, deal will be worth 10 billion euros ($12.6 billion), one of biggest-ever for German defence industry.
19-06-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Emirates repays US$550 million bond, looks at Islamic debt for future financing

With the Eurozone debt crisis ongoing it’s likely that Islamic financing, with its large pool of liquidity, will play an increasingly important role for us moving forward,” Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
19-06-2012 - Amnesty International

Saudi Arabia ramps up clampdown on human rights activists

A prominent Saudi Arabian human rights defender was brought before a Riyadh court on Monday on 11 activism-related charges in the latest example of what Amnesty International called a “troubling string of court cases” aimed at silencing human rights campaigners.
19-06-2012 - Human Rights Watch Press release

Oman: Assault on Freedom of Speech

Omani activists are speaking out about broken promises for government reform. Instead of listening, Omani authorities are arresting and prosecuting them to silence them.
19-06-2012 - By Iqbal Tamimi

A Saudi woman is campaigning for her husband’s human rights

The couple share an inspiring story of love and courage, and their struggle for reform is offering a voice for the voiceless and they represent the new generation of educated Saudis who are aspiring for better future for all.
12-06-2012 - Reuters

Kuwait’s social and labor minister quits

Kuwaiti opposition lawmakers have been demanding an opportunity to question Social Affairs and Labor Minister Ahmed al-Rujaib in the National Assembly next week. The political tensions have hindered economic policy-making and planning.
12-06-2012 - Khaleej Times

Oman Majlis members want to quiz oil minister

Oman’s elected council of people’s representatives, the Majlis Ash’shura, which has been aggressively wielding its newly-granted legislative powers in recent weeks, is demanding to question the oil and gas minister over his ‘inaction’ during last month’s strike by oilfield workers.
12-06-2012 - Arab News

20% projects not carried out:Saudi Royal Court finding

About 20 percent of government projects have not been implemented during the past six years, according to a Royal Court report that was presented to the Council of Ministers yesterday.
12-06-2012 - The Guardian

Human Rights Watch has called on Qatar to reform its labour laws before construction work starts for the 2022 World Cup

Qatar has the world's highest ratio of migrants to citizens: 94% of its workforce are migrants.
12-06-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

More digital awareness required

Unfortunately, the use of these applications in the Arab world has been mostly confined to entertainment-related domains, and no serious efforts have been made to optimize technologies in awareness-raising programs that serve the human infrastructure in societies.
12-06-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

94% of Qatari companies believe that Risk Management performs an important role

The two major challenges that Qatari companies face towards implementing an effective risk management system are ‘risk confusion’ and ‘lack of clear vision’.
12-06-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Location, location, location - avoiding UAE labour and immigration

the rules relating to where employees, who are legally sponsored by an entity 'onshore' in the UAE (meaning not in a free zone), are permitted to work.
12-06-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Qatar - A right of entry? A right to work? A right to reside? A right of exit?

With the influx of people moving to Qatar it is important for workers and employers to understand the laws that apply to immigration.
12-06-2012 - The Peninsula Newspaper

Emir of Qatar receives NAM invitation from Iran

After UAE, The Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani received a written message from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, inviting him to attend the 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement
11-06-2012 - Kuwait News Agency

UAE president receives NAM Summit invitation from Iran

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has received an invitation from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to attend the Non-Aligned Movement Summit (NAM)
11-06-2012 - Kuwait Times

Fighters from Kuwait joining Syrian rebels

Dozens of Kuwaitis are fighting with the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) after crossing from Turkey, Al-Qabas newspaper reported yesterday
11-06-2012 - Kuwait Times

You betrayed Dow and us

Lawmakers responsible for the cancelation of the K-Dow mega project are desperately trying to find a scapegoat to blame for the huge loss suffered as a result of its cancelation.
11-06-2012 - GlobalPost

Saudi Arabia and the counter-revolution

Much of the Arab world in a do-or-die stampede toward greater democracy, Saudi Arabia is looking to consolidate the old way of doing things
11-06-2012 - Khaleej Times

UAE Books donated 
to Moroccan schools

To develop the knowledge of the Arab World to introduce a future generation of regional leaders
11-06-2012 - Gulf Daily News

Thousands mourn blast victim

Thousand of mourners attended the funeral of a Bahraini teenager who died in a Jordan hospital following a bomb blast in Hamad Town
11-06-2012 - Khaleej Times

Arab world may have to create 75 million jobs

According to the World Bank data, the six GCC states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE) have some of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world, as high as 40 per cent among certain age groups
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

UAE culture minister to be quizzed on dress code

The FNC representative stressed the dress code should ensure all residents and visitors respect the tradition of the country in all the aspects and not misuse the freedom.
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Domestic helpers rules will be aligned with international standard

Tough sentences against violations of domestic workers rights in the UAE
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Oman crackdown on dissent nets poet and blogger

Arrests linked to recent protest in Muscat. Activists said on Saturday that six people arrested on Friday night included blogger Hassan Rukaishi, authors Hammoud Al Rashedi and Nabhan Al Hanashi and poet Hamad Al Kharusi
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Oman’s foreign minister says there is no Gulf union

An Omani minister has ruled out any chance for the Gulf union, saying that it does not exist.
11-06-2012 - Gulf Daily news

Worker injured in firebomb attack during rioting dies

AN Indian man who suffered severe injuries following a firebomb attack last month has died in hospital.
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Oman vows to join convention on labour unions

Move comes as authorities in Sultanate brace for another ‘summer of discontent’
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Oman manpower panel terms joblessness reports ‘inaccurate’

Oman’s newly-established Public Authority for Manpower Registry (PAMR), which has been tasked with creating a national database of Omani jobseekers, has described media reports of jobless figures as “inaccurate and exaggerated”.
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Oman arrests bloggers

Lawyer says detention violates basic laws
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Bahrain re-arrests Shiite rights activist

Bahrain re-arrested leading Shiite rights activist Nabil Rajab on Wednesday pending a probe into tweets deemed insulting to Sunnis, prosecutors said, nine days after he had been freed
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Lawyer: 11-year boy to appear in Bahrain court

He is among the youngest suspects detained in kingdom
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

ICI launched to contribute to global security

Bahrain and Qatar, the other Istanbul Cooperation Initiative members, have regularly stressed the importance of strengthening their partnership with Nato.
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Kuwaitis team up with rebels in Syria

Unlike religious leaders in Saudi Arabia who have banned public donations to the Syrian rebels, Kuwaiti Islamists have been pushing for greater assistance to the dissidents.
11-06-2012 -

Kuwait ex-PM shuns parliament probe again

Al Sabah insists he was cleared by tribunal.Kuwait’s former prime minister, Shaikh Nasser Mohammad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, has refused for the second time to appear before a parliamentary panel probing graft allegations against him, an official said on Sunday.
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Kuwaiti MP files second grilling motion against interior minister

Kuwaiti lawmaker Mohammad Al Juwaihal on Thursday morning filed a motion to grill Shaikh Ahmad Al Humood, the first deputy prime minister and interior minister.
11-06-2012 - AFP

Saudi Arabia beheads Pakistani drug trafficker

Under the AFP count, at least 76 people were beheaded in 2011, while rights group Amnesty International put the number of executions last year at 79. Latest beheading brings to 31 total number of executions in the kingdom so far this year.
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Push for stricter uniforms in Saudi Arabia

Directive issued for more ‘decent’ school girl uniforms
11-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Saudi girls find freedom in cleats

Small group of girls challenge system. the trend is part of the growing momentum for women’s rights here. It is cultivating their ability to excel not only on the field but in school, society, and the workplace — and fostering the kind of teamwork needed if this country is to develop stronger institutions.
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

410 held in Oman crackdown on illegals

The Omani government’s ongoing crackdown against overstaying expatriates and others found in breach of labour laws has resulted in 410 arrests in one week, the Ministry of Manpower announced on Sunday.
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Labour union team on key Omanisation panels

Oman’s Manpower Minister on Saturday endorsed a revamp of the high-powered sectoral committees tasked with overseeing and implementing Omanisation strategies in their respective sectors.
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Oilfield strikers in Oman return to work

Some 400 Omani workers, who were dismissed for their role in a strike that threatened to cripple the sultanate’s oil industry last week, were reinstated on the intervention of the country’s elected Shura Council, the Arabic language daily Al Watan reported on Sunday.
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Bahrain Ministry files suit to dissolve society

Bahrain’s justice ministry has filed a lawsuit to dissolve the Islamic Action Society “Amal”.

IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions May 30-31, 2012, Astana

Mrs. Amal Hamidallah director of Bridging the Gulf Foundation for Human security in the Gulf region, participated in the IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions May 30-31, 2012, Astana
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Iran asked to stop interfering in Gulf states

Al Daqbasi has repeatedly called upon Iran to improve its relations with Arab countries, especially in the Gulf, and to avoid adopting a belligerent attitude that threatens stability and security.
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Qatar denies report of deliberate mall blaze

Social networks flooded with report that it was Syrian-Iranian plot to spread chaos
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Popular religious scholar Al Qaradawi calls for thorough probe into Doha mall fire

He wants to determine whether fire was premeditated and identify those who failed
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Blogger sentenced to 10 years for abusive posts

Although sectarian tension is not deep in Kuwait, several cases have recently resulted in standoffs between the two main sects.
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

MP files motion to grill labour minister

Al Rujaib to face questions over malpractices at cooperative societies and fake companies
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

32 babies born to parents with Aids in Kuwait

They undergo treatment before delivery to ensure they are free from disease, says doctor
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Kuwait court upholds death sentence for killer of domestic help

Husband’s death penalty commuted to 10 years in prison
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Kuwait condemns Iran rejection of court verdict

“ the court sentences against Iranian nationals were surprising and totally unacceptable. Such verdicts are not acceptable by any means and the fact that this issue had already been dismissed by Kuwaiti officials, but is being raised again surprises us” Mehmanparast said Kuwait did not give Iran consular access to the Iranians.

Changing norms and patterns

From interacting, to arranged marriages, to living alone, social behaviour has changed in conservative societies
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Tweeter gets six months for insulting Shiites

Cut in term comes after court acquitted writer from charges of spreading false news
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Beach decency urged in Kuwait

Kuwaiti officials have warned that acts of indecency, including wearing bikinis on public beaches, amounted to provocations to the character of the Kuwaiti society
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Sky's the limit for Emirati women

The face of the Emirati workforce is undergoing a sea change with women stepping up to the plate and holding senior positions.
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Brother of missing man seeks answers

Dubai man claims innocence of brother detained in Saudi Arabia for aiding terror
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Saudi Arabia widens domestic help rule

Move hopes to streamline the labour market.Licences for new recruitment companies will depend on the number of requests they receive to employ helpers, their readiness to have proper offices and to provide adequate accommodation, and their compliance with the conditions set forth by the labour ministry, Al Baddah said.
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Saudi women pulled in opposite directions

Women issues not a priority, especially if it contradicts with alliances and loyalties
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Saudi women first flouted driving ban in 1990

Sight of women American soldiers driving in the kingdom spurred them to go behind the wheels
5-06-2012 - Gulfnews

Gulf union high on agenda in GCC ministerial talks

However, the GCC leaders at the advisory summit said the union issue would be postponed to allow for further study by the commission to present recommendations at an extraordinary summit
5-06-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Iran sanctions update: Rapidly changing sanctions pose compliance challenge to GCC businesses

The seminar discussed the applicability of economic and trade sanctions on individuals and organizations in the UAE and the impact sanctions will have on the flow of trade
5-06-2012 - Khaleej Times

UAE keen to building bridges of friendship, says Khalifa

UAE places its citizen at the top of its priorities and puts all its potentials at the disposal of serving the nation and its citizens,” Shaikh Khalifa
5-06-2012 - Arab News

Ambassadors must not fail Saudis abroad

some ambassadors do not open their doors to Saudis

the 14th Kronberg Talks of the Bertelsmann Foundation entitled "Europe, Turkey and the Mediterranean - Fostering Cooperation and Strengthening Relations"

Mrs. Amal Hamidallah director of Bridging the Gulf Foundation for Human security in the Gulf region, participated in the 14th Kronberg Talks of the Bertelsmann Foundation entitled “Europe, Turkey and the Mediterranean – Fostering Cooperation and Strengthening Relations” held May 14 to 16, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey. Welcome speech by Prof. Gunter Thielen .Open forum of the 14th Kronberg Talks.
11-05-2012 - Human Rights Watch Press release

UAE Important Opportunity to Ensure Legislation Meets International Standards

A proposed United Arab Emirates (UAE) law on domestic workers holds promise for significant improvements in addressing worker abuse.
11-05-2012 - Human Rights Watch Press release

Kuwait: Court Victory for Women’s Rights Overturns Ministerial Decision Barring Women From Justice Jobs

A court decision on April 22, 2012, cancelling a ministerial order barring women from entry-level jobs at the Justice Ministry is an important victory against legally-sanctioned discrimination in Kuwait
11-05-2012 - EU Press office

GCC countries failed to sign a Partnership & Cooperation Agreement with the EU

The signature of EU-Iraq Partnership & Cooperation Agreement took place recently in Brussels. GCC countries failed to sign such agreement, while discussions are ongoing since the eighties
3-05-2012 - Foreign Policy by By David Roberts

Gulf disunion

The leaders of the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Kuwait) will meet in May to discuss creating a closer federal unit among the states.
3-05-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Fair pay and home ownership displace democracy as top priorities in ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey

41% of Arab youth say that the lack of democracy is the biggest obstacle facing the region; an equal percentage identify civil unrest as the biggest obstacle region’s largest demographic.
3-05-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

IMF updates regional economic outlook for MENAP

3-05-2012 - Arabian Business By Elizabeth Broomhall

Former Kuwait diplomat's wife burned in Islamist attack

The assumption is [that the attacker] singled out a table where Arab men were dining with obviously Western women."
3-05-2012 - Kuwait Times

Iraq, Kuwait ask UN to repair border markers

Baghdad had objected to the repairs for the past six years because the new border line passes through Iraqi farms near Umm Qasr and Safwan. Kuwait has made the repairs a precondition for improving ties with Iraq.
3-05-2012 - Kuwait News Agency

GCC interior ministers' meeting

"The ministers stated opposition to any foreign intervention in the domestic affairs of the GCC countries, highlighting the need for respecting the principles of neighborliness,"
3-05-2012 - Kuwait Times

Kuwait asks Baghdad to issue passports for 42,000 bedoons

Kuwait has a large community of stateless residents who demand citizenship as well as civil and social rights they are deprived of owing to their illegal residence status.
3-05-2012 - Saudi Gazette

Saudi King's directive for open-door policy to be strictly implemented

Informed sources say that the initial plan was for officials to keep their doors open for the public throughout the week, but their need to follow-up on projects, chair meetings and oversee the flow of work in their administrations and ministries made the legislators consider this and restrict the ‘open’ days to three days a week.
3-05-2012 - Gulf Times

Workshop explores CSR link with Qatarisation

The results of the study show that a mechanism must be put in place to monitor organisations in order to observe how their plans, programmes, and training opportunities include CSR as a key ingredient
3-05-2012 - Gulf Times

QSA chief stresses need for greater statistical literacy

Education and training are going to be critical if Qatar is to develop a knowledge-based society and economy, requiring skilled and well-rounded individuals that add value and contribute to the community.
3-05-2012 - Gulf Times

6% increase in population

The total number of male population was 1,327,091, while female population was 465,000.
3-05-2012 - The Peninsula

Pvt firms do little to hire citizens: SDC

A key state agency that trains citizens to take up mainly private jobs yesterday blasted the private sector for its reluctance to employ Qatari nationals
2-05-2012 - AFP

Fired Bahrain protesters demand jobs back on May Day

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Shiite villages in Bahrain on Tuesday to demand being reinstated in jobs from which they were fired during last year's uprising, witnesses sai
2-05-2012 - Green Prophet by Arwa Aburawa

MENA Is Changing Drastically & NASA Has The Pictures To Prove It

Shocking NASA photos prove how MENA region is in dramatic ecological flux.
2-05-2012 - Booz & Company

The Bedrock of Society: Understanding and Growing the MENA Region's Middle Class

Many of the region's middle-class residents have grown dependent on their governments for jobs and services. There has never been a more critical time for policymakers in the Middle East to focus on empowering the region's middle class.
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews By Shehab Al Makahleh

Emirati women all for public sector, not for private

According to recent statistics by the ministry of labour, about only 5 per cent of female Emiratis are currently working at the private sector
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews By Bassam Za'za'

Trio accused of forcing visitor into prostitution

The defendants were accused of human trafficking
2-05-2012 - Human Rights Watch Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director

United Arab Emirates: End Arrests; Free Political Activists

This wave of detentions against peaceful dissent is a telling indicator of UAE’s deepening abuses of human rights. Their latest action, against these nine men, has once again shown the UAE government’s intentions to silence anyone who peacefully expresses political opinions.
2-05-2012 - Zawya By Bindu Suresh Rai

Sharjah's new mega eco tourism project to create 5,000 jobs

Recruitment drive will take place in phases over the next six years.
2-05-2012 - The Huffington Post UK by Rori Donaghy

Human Rights in the UAE

They want to elect a legislative body that has jurisdiction over the law making process in their country. They do not want regime change. They want to protect the future of their country.
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews by Sunil K. Vaidya

Omani staff at Ras Al Jinz Turtle Resort go on strike

Omani staff at the Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve went on a strike Sunday paralysing all turtle watching activities at the beach on the eastern side of the country.
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews by By Habib Toumi

Qatar may allow trade unions, scrap 'sponsorships' for foreign workers

Qatar is considering a move to scrap the controversial sponsorship system for foreigners working in the country
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief

Kuwaitis urged to comply with European burqa rules

The Kuwaiti foreign affairs ministry said that the ban was introduced last year and that citizens needed to respect the law of the lands they plan to visit this summer
2-05-2012 - Reuters

Kuwait backs wage rises for private sector workers

The most qualified workers - such as physicians, pharmacists and engineers - will get 330 dinars more a month
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews By Habib Toumi

Lawmakers push for Kuwaiti citizenship for widows

Citizenship Law should be amended to include every widow of a Kuwaiti, lawmakers say
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews By Habib Toumi

GCC advisory summit to discuss experts' report on confederation

GCC advisory summit next month will limit its discussion on the proposed confederation to a report by experts from the six member states
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews by Ramadan Al Sherbini

Saudi Arabia says recalls its ambassador from Egypt

Saudi Arabia says recalls its ambassador from Egypt, closes embassy and consulates after protests
2-05-2012 - Gulfenews by Habib Toumi

GCC integration must to confront challenges, Saudi minister says

The Gulf Cooperation Council needs to be fully integrated to be able to confront increasingly ominous regional and global challenges, Saudi Arabia said on Saturday
2-05-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Saudi Arabia renews call for greater GCC integration

The Gulf Cooperation Council needs to be fully integrated to be able to confront increasingly ominous regional and global challenges, Saudi Arabia said yesterday.
2-05-2012 - Reuters

Riyadh may allow women sports club

A member of the top clerical body in 2009 said girls should not play sports lest they lose their virginity by tearing their hymens.
23-04-2012 - Foreign Policy by EMAN AL NAFJAN

Teaching Intolerance

Still, teaching extremism is only one facet of a much larger, more persistent problem...textbooks "have focused far too much on the lowest educational and skill objectives, such as rote memorization and classification, and neglected entirely the objectives of analysis, problem-solving, and critical thinking," leading to "passiveness and negativity."
23-04-2012 - the Washington Post by Waleed Abu Alkhair

Our steadfast pursuit of a freer Saudi Arabia

The religious conservatives have declared war, not simply on freedom of expression but also on freedom of belief. The hard-liners believe that they will lose their hold on the Saudi street, were the youth to embrace ideas opposed to religion. In essence, they wish to institute Orwellian practices in Saudi Arabia, by criminalizing mere thought.
23-04-2012 - Khaleej Times

Bahrain F1 race goes ahead despite violence

In some Shiite villages, including Malkiya, Karzakan, Sadad and Damistan, protesters carried banners that read “No to the formula of blood,” a key campaign slogan of the February 14 movement.
23-04-2012 - Khaleej Times

France, Italy Foreign Ministry issue statement on Abu Musa

“we regret any initiative likely to create tension as has been the case for example during the recent visit of the Iranian president to the island of Abu Musa. Unilateral actions that aggravate the situation should be avoided”
23-04-2012 - Gulf Daily News

New unity campaign in Bahrain

'fed up with sectarianism': a new group "fed up" with living in a divided society is lining up a series of events to bring Bahrainis back together.
23-04-2012 - Arab News by Tariq Al-Homayed

Bahraini sectarianism and Sadr exposed!

The Shiite Bahraini opposition, as well as other Shiites in the region, will not benefit by hiding behind demands for reform so long as they continue to allow extremist figures like Nasrallah or Sadr to interfere in their affairs.
23-04-2012 - Kuwait Times by Muna Al-Fuzai

Democracy ladder

Kuwaiti democracy is under threat from those who only understand it partially. So called politicians run for elections without having any conviction in it. This is the reason why I think there should be political parties to reshape public thinking in politics , thereby changing our perception of how to vote for the right candidate.
23-04-2012 - Gulf Times

Refrain from protectionist policies

He urged countries of the South to expand co-operation to increase inter-trade and promote integration and enhance research and development.
23-04-2012 - Kuwait Times

Pension for foreign workers in Kuwait?

This is a welcome development. I wish Kuwait can assist the foreign workers here who are working tirelessly to build this country,
23-04-2012 - Khaleej Times

'Abu Dhabi Dialogue has positive outcome'

Turn from mere discussions into viable initiatives to improve workers’ conditions in both sending and recipient countries
23-04-2012 - Arab News

Saudi women expanding wealth management role

"Saudi women getting more and more involved in wealth management. This is a big change compared to five to 10 years ago,"
23-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Bahrain liberal society to elect new leaders

Leading political figure Abdul Nabi Salman seen as one of top contenders
23-04-2012 - AFP

Bahrain protesters, police clash near F1 circuit

Violent clashes erupt between stone-hurling protesters and security forces
23-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Conflict in region fuelling further unemployment: Qatar emir

The success of development efforts and the evolution of trade cooperation between different countries require the availability of a global climate where justice, security and stability prevail.
23-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Kuwaiti MPs, Iranian ambassador argue over hotel celebration

Kuwaiti lawmakers had opposed holding the celebration outside the embassy, arguing that having it at an hotel was a provocation to the feelings of Kuwaitis and Gulf nationals.
23-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Kuwait seeks Arabsat action on 'antagonistic' channels

Kuwait is finalising a list of satellite channels carried by Arab satellite provider Arabsat and reportedly targeting Gulf countries, local media reported.
23-04-2012 - Reuters

Men face jail for harassment in Saudi malls

Those found guilty will have to spend five days in prison if it is a first-time offender
23-04-2012 - Reuters

Saudi rights activist to serve four years in prison

Jeddah A court in Riyadh has sentenced prominent Saudi rights campaigner Mohammad Al Bajadi to four years in prison, activists said.
23-04-2012 - AFP

Saudis behead, crucify Sudanese man for robbery, rape and murder

His beheading took to 20 the total number of executions in the conservative kingdom so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on official reports.
23-04-2012 - TheNational by Ramola Talwar Badam

Arab Spring nationals snapping up Dubai homes

"Especially now with Arab Spring, people are buying because they feel other countries are not safe enough," said MF, an Egyptian mother of two young boys
23-04-2012 - Business Intelligence

Emerging markets present highest growth opportunities for consumer products in 2012

With 70 million new consumers projected to enter the global middle class each year, a majority being from emerging markets including the Middle East
23-04-2012 - Middle East Online

Gulf assets forecast to top $1.9 trillion in 2012

Institute of International Finance forecasts GCC member states’ net foreign assets to soar by 19 percent compared to last year thanks to high oil prices...the risks to the outlook for the GCC countries are large although difficult to quantify, citing the impacts of the Arab Spring and tensions over neighbouring Iran.
23-04-2012 - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

Appeal of Al Khawaja is postponed to 30 April

Bahraini Court postponed this morning considering the appeal submitted by defense of Khawaja and the 13 other activist to Monday 30 April 2012
23-04-2012 - openDemocracy by Alexander Corbeil

Partners in democracy, partners in security: NATO and the Arab Spring

Emphasizing equal partnership and local ownership of MENA region's issues! Good intentions yet why excluding the GCC?
16-04-2012 - The National/by Caline Malek

UAE Pollution from quarries raises RAK villagers' cancer risk

"We've all asked the municipality and the Government to [make the quarries] stop and move away but they just don't listen to us," he said. "They ignore us and keep telling us to move ourselves, but we've been here all our lives. They're the ones who should leave - this is our land and we're not going anywhere
16-04-2012 - The national/by Neil Parmar

Economic woes weigh on Middle East and North Africa's middle class

Among those who feel dissatisfied with their current standard of living in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco, however, 53 per cent cited inflation as their primary worry. The UAE's smaller population and higher level of wealth relative to other countries in the Mena region also means there is a smaller middle class to begin with
16-04-2012 - Khaleej Times

UAE FM condemns Iranian move in talks with UN envoys

Shaikh Abdullah said Ahmadinejad’s visit represented a violation of the UAE’s sovereignty over its three Islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, adding that the visit could never change the historic and legal facts which prove that the three Islands belong to the UAE
16-04-2012 - Kuwait Times

Bahrain oppn starts week of F1 protests

Hundreds of Bahrainis demonstrated yesterday after a Shiite opposition call for a week of pro-democracy protests to coincide with the F1 Grand Prix to be hosted by the Gulf state.
16-04-2012 - Arab News

KSA: MCs should have at least 30 members

Three quarters of council members should be elected and the rest nominated by the minister of municipal and rural affairs.In an earlier announcement, King Abdullah allowed Saudi women to stand and vote in municipal elections and also become members of the Shoura Council.
16-04-2012 - Kuwait Times by Badrya Darwish

Show us the goodwill

What message does Ahmadinejad want to give to the Gulf states when he arranges high official meetings there? This falls right in the heart of the strategic Hormuz Strait where oil flows from the Gulf states and Iran to the whole world.
16-04-2012 - Gulf Times

UN flag raised at QNCC

The United Nations flag was raised at the Qatar’s National Convention Centre
16-04-2012 - Kuwait Times

Panel lifts immunity of oppn MPs who stormed Kuwait Assembly

The request to lift the immunity was demanded by the public prosecution in order to complete investigation in the case which involves dozens of youth activists and some former MPs. In another development, 31 mostly Islamist MPs yesterday submitted a request to amend an article in the constitution that would require that all laws passed must be in line with sharia law
16-04-2012 - Khaleej Times

GCC to discuss UAE islands issue

The foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will hold a special meeting here on Tuesday to discuss the issue of three UAE islands occupied by Iran, an official source said.
16-04-2012 - ProtectionLine

Abdul-Hadi El-Khawaga, human rights defender: at risk of death because of hunger strike

The Arab Program for Human Rights Activists denounces the deteriorating conditions in Bahraini prisons that led to the sharp declination of the health condition of the human rights activist Abdul Hadi Al -Khawaga, what exposes him to risk of death.
16-04-2012 - The Associated Press

UAE detains 6 activists previously stripped of citizenship for criticizing rulers

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Six activists in the United Arab Emirates previously stripped of their citizenship for criticizing the country’s rulers were detained on Monday and told they were illegally residing in the oil-rich union, one of their attorneys said.
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews

Qatar rejects Iraq demand to hand over Al Hashemi

Demands by Iraq to hand over official have also been rejected by the northern region
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews

Qatar conference to give voice to young generation

Doha-based Reach Out To Asia (Rota) said that 350 young men and women from Qatar and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries would take part in the fourth Conference of the Youth Empowerment (Empower 2012), to be held from April 19 to 21.
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews

Qatar to retain highly skilled expat workers

Planned five-year residency cap will not affect highly skilled expatriates in Qatar, says senior labour official
16-04-2012 - Los Angeles Times by By Jeffrey Fleishman

Saudi activists fight through their fear

As the population is left simmering after the 'Arab Spring,' those challenging the kingdom wonder whether it will suppress them or let the phenomenon grow."They can't buy their way out anymore and they're not willing to compromise," said Al-Qahtani, an economics professor and president of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Assn. "The problem is an aging leadership and a second generation that's really corrupt. The near future of this country is gloomy."
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief

Hacked: Oman activists' Facebook, Twitter accounts

Majority of pages belonging to activists have disappeared, with moderators unable to access them
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews

Oman Supreme Court upholds Sohar verdict

Seven Sohar protesters to serve five years in jail, as Sohar Criminal Court ruled
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Sunil K. Vaidya

Family of Indian journalist — stranded in Oman — hope for justice

The NHRC, largely an advisory body set up by the Omani government, would ensure that Hari's family would be able to stay with him at least until the verdict in his case.
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews

Plea to lift immunity of Shura members rejected

Shura rejects Public Prosecution request to lift immunity of members
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Liberal societies slam Ahmadinejad's UAE isle visit

Bahrain groups say the visit to the island of Abu Mousa was a "blatant provocation of the GCC citizens"
16-04-2012 - AP

Danish PM urges release of jailed activist in Bahrain

Prisoner, on hunger strike since February 8, has dual citizenship
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Bahrain court adjourns terror cell trial

Trial of suspects in alleged terrorist plot against Bahrain adjourned to May 27
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Kuwaiti tweeter sentenced to seven years

A Kuwaiti writer was on Monday sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly offending Shiites on social networks
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Gulf | Kuwait Kuwait parliament endorses tougher anti-blasphemy law

Kuwait's parliament has endorsed a draft law stipulating harsher penalties for insulting God or Prophet Mohammad, his family or companions
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Ralph Diesta

Mission to please and survive

Unless serious reforms are implemented, Kuwait's future looks very uncertain:"We have a parliament that is trying to come up with its priorities too and we also have a civil society that is trying to decide on the most pressing issues in order to defend freedom of expression, personal freedom and deal in any attempts to make life more restricted in Kuwait,"
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Kuwaiti lawmaker seeks information on Blair's work for the government

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has asked the foreign minister to provide information about the contract signed with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to act as consultant
16-04-2012 - Gulfnews by Habib Toumi

Kuwaiti daily, ex-lawmaker fined for false fund transfer claim

A Kuwaiti court on Monday ordered a local newspaper and a former lawmaker to pay 10,000 Dinars ($35,842) each
29-03-2012 - Reuters

Gunmen kidnap Saudi diplomat in Yemen

Gunmen kidnapped Saudi Arabia's deputy consul from outside his residence in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Wednesday, a Yemeni security official said
29-03-2012 - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

On the eve of the Arab Summit Cooperation with civil society, a key pillar to Arab League Reform

Human rights organizations in the Arab world confirmed that the development and reform of the League of Arab States (LAS) requires the adoption of serious reforms
28-03-2012 - The National by Ola Salem

FNC protest over financial waste

The FNC refused to pass the annual official report on federal spending yesterday, in protest at a catalogue of irregularities in government spending.
28-03-2012 - Reuters

Kuwait arrests man over Prophet Mohammed tweets

Blasphemy is illegal in Kuwait under the 1961 press and publications law, but it is not punishable by death
27-03-2012 - Arab News

Arab summit to back Annan's Syria plan-Iraq minister

Assad’s crackdown has angered Arab countries including former ally Qatar, which together with Saudi Arabia has called for arming the opposition
27-03-2012 - Gulf Times

Clinton to hold talks with GCC foreign ministers

In Riyadh, Clinton will attend the first ministerial meeting of the Gulf Co-operation Council-US strategic co-operation forum, which is likely to also discuss the perceived threat from Iran across the Gulf
27-03-2012 - Gulf Times

5 Bahrain teachers acquitted

Rights groups and foreign governments have condemned Bahrain for other crackdown-related prosecutions, including a trial now under way of 20 medical staff who treated wounded protesters
27-03-2012 - Kuwait Times

Gulf employment situation worse

Respondents also seem open to the idea of working in the field of social entrepreneurship. In general, the percentage of respondents not interested was higher in the Gulf countries; roughly 17% of respondents in Kuwait, Oman and Qatar, and 20% of Emiratis. Those who are interested in starting NGOs stated lots of challenges, with lack of finance, government interference, and the difficulty of registering NGOs as key factors hindering the progression of social entrepreneurship. In fact, 54% of respondents said that they were not able to start the NGO they wanted
27-03-2012 - Khaleej Times

Prosecution acts on Kuwaiti team assault

The attackers allegedly used sticks and all the Kuwaiti team members had to be rushed to hospital for treatment
27-03-2012 - Khaleej Times

Iraq tests regional muscle with Arab summit

In the weeks before the meeting, Iraq pursued a steady campaign of detente with Gulf nations. Saudi Arabia named its first envoy in two decades, Kuwait reached a $ 500 million deal to end a Gulf War-era standoff over debt
27-03-2012 - Arab News

Experts outline eco-friendly measures for enterprise development

The forum, held in Jeddah for the 3rd consecutive year, is a platform to voice new eco-friendly strategies as main driving forces to encourage enterprise developmen
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews/By Samir Salama

GCC faces challenges of rising population, growing economies

Experts highlight need for drastic steps to tackle limited supplies
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Islamists plot against Gulf: Dubai police chief

In an interview with Al Qabas, a Kuwaiti daily, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan said that the group has a specific plan to take over Gulf regimes by 2016.
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Rising Iran-West tension worries Oman

Rising Iran-West tension worries Oman
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Bahrain education minister faces grilling over foot-kissing incident

MPs in Bahrain have warned that they would grill the education minister if the ministry fails to take stringent punitive action against the teacher who reportedly forced a five-year-old student to kiss her foot for five months
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews

King Hamad urges Bahrainis to help country move forward

King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa on Tuesday called on all segments of the Bahraini society to "assume their national responsibility and help the country move past the events that hit it last year
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Appointed minister to sift through report on Bahrain unrest

Bahrain to appoint minister and support team to study independent report on unrest in the country
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Bahrain police stations to be fitted with cameras to curb abuse

Closed circuit television installed to record interrogation in rooms
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Sarkozy wants Qaradawi to stay away

Sarkozy said yesterday that the Qatar-based Sunni cleric and other ‘radical' imams were not welcome in France
27-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Kuwait Airways employees and customs unions set to end strike

After political intervention, workers let in containers via border
27-03-2012 - AFP

Riyadh eases ban on single men in shopping malls

Single men in Riyadh will be able to visit shopping malls during peak hours
27-03-2012 - Reuters

Dozens of Saudis to stage two-day hunger strike

Protesting against detention of rights activist

Saudi, Iraq in prisoner repatriation pact boost ties

Deal comes less than a month after Riyadh named an ambassador to Baghdad for the first time since Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990
27-03-2012 - Arabic Network for Human Rights Information

Authorities confiscate book on Arab Spring uprisings

Saudi government for confiscating the book Questions of the Revolution, written by Sheikh Salman Ben-Fahd al-Odah. On 14 March 2012, the authorities seized all copies available at the Riyadh Book Fair and ordered the administrator of the Book Fair to sign a pledge not to sell it.
27-03-2012 - By Al Arabiya

Prominent Kuwaiti Muslim scholar says ‘freedom comes before Shariah’

Kuwait Islamic scholar Tariq al-Suwaidan said it was liberals who eradicated slavery in Islam and not the Islamists
27-03-2012 - BBC News/ By Sebastian Usher

Row over speakers at Saudi youth forum in Kuwait

A Saudi women's rights activist has told the BBC she is planning legal action against Kuwaiti Islamist MPs who demanded a ban on a youth conference that they condemned as un-Islamic
27-03-2012 - Club de Madrid

Vacancy: Program Officer MENA Project/Club de Madrid

The Program Officer will be responsible for the implementation of the Club de Madrid’s program “Political Leadership for Democratic Transitions in the MENA region”
27-03-2012 - Reuters

Bishops slam edict by Saudi religious official

"We see a contradiction between the dialogue being practised, the efforts of the king and those of his top mufti." In Moscow, Archbishop Mark told the Interfax news agency he hoped that Saudi Arabia's neighbours "will be surprised by the calls made by Al Shaikh and ignore them"
27-03-2012 - Amnesty International

Death penalty 2011: Alarming levels of executions in the few countries that kill

At least 588 people were executed across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) last year, the largest number anywhere in the world except in China and a 50% rise over 2010, Amnesty International said in a report on Tuesday
27-03-2012 - Amnesty International

Saudi Arabian human rights lawyer banned from travelling to US

A travel ban on a prominent Saudi Arabian human rights defender imposed just before he planned to attend a democracy course in the United States must be lifted immediately, Amnesty International said today.
27-03-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Financial institutions with established presence in Middle East set to prosper most from Arab Spring

UAE. Financial institutions with an existing physical presence and established relationships in the Middle East region are set to benefit most from emerging opportunities created by the Arab Spring, financial experts have advised today.
23-03-2012 - Middle East Online

Saudi arrest suspect in Shiite province shooting

Suspect arrested in connection with shooting attack on police patrol in mainly Shiite-populated eastern province of Qatif.
23-03-2012 - Khaleej Times

UAE ministry denies move to phase out 'unqualified' workers

The report on Wednesday said the government’s aim was to ensure that most of the labourers in the country have at least a school-leaving certificate
23-03-2012 - AFP

Saudi activist says banned from travel to US

Saudi authorities have banned prominent rights activist Waleed Abu Alkhair from travelling to the United States where he was to attend a forum organised by the US State Department
23-03-2012 - DIE WELT/Worldcrunch

Saudi Arabia: The Courage Of One Woman Speaks For An Entire Nation

Samar Badawi was one of several women just honored at the International Women of Courage Awards. But her personal courage has been displayed in her native Saudi Arabia, potentially the most misogynist country in the world
19-03-2012 - Saudi Gazette

Saudi Arabia, Iraq sign extradition agreement

The agreement stipulates that the accusing country will hand over the convicted person to the country where the verdict will be implemented at an agreed time and place
19-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Wage strike by staff halts Kuwait Airways flights

Customs employees also boycott work for higher pay
19-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Bahrain security forces 'clash with youths'

Tensions have remained high since a deadly crackdown last year after a month of Manama street protests
19-03-2012 - Arab News/By MAHAYIL

Women students in Asir, Qassim colleges demand better facilities

Students in the Women’s College of Art in Mahayil in Asir province and Buraidah in Qassim province are demanding changes in university regulations and a better infrastructure and academic environment.
19-03-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Doha to debate on marriages between cousins

Students, professionals and expatriates will gather at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service to debate on whether or not to discourage marriages between close family members
19-03-2012 - Associated Press/Barbara Surk

IOC says progress made for Saudis to send female athletes to Olympics for 1st time

Saudi Arabia is one of three countries that have never included women on their Olympic teams, along with Qatar and Brunei.
19-03-2012 - Themedia Line/by Rob L. Wagner

Western Ways Woo Saudi Women

Saudi women are getting impatient
13-03-2012 - Oman Tribune

Forum of human rights institutions begins

Second Gulf Forum of National Human Rights Institutions to discuss the role of national institutions in promotion and protection of rights in the region
13-03-2012 - Reuters/ Asma Alsharif

Saudi women students boycott classes in rare protest

Thousands of students at an all-female university in Saudi Arabia boycotted classes on Saturday, protesting against poor services, witnesses said, in a rare display of dissent from women in the conservative Islamic kingdom
13-03-2012 - Arab news /ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG

Saudi oil: The threat from within

Oil consumption in Saudi Arabia is the highest in the world, despite the fact that the economy is not heavily industrialized. According to International Energy Agency (IEA), Saudi Arabia consumes about three million barrels a day or about one billion barrels each year.

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Kuwait

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 9 of the convention Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
9-03-2012 - RNW/Karima Idrissi

Saudi activist honoured as 'Woman of Courage'

Father versus daughter and Right to lead your own life
7-03-2012 - UN News Service

UN Human Rights Council concludes Interactive dialogue on enforced disappearances and on freedom of religion or belief

risk alienating minorities and discriminating against members of other faiths, an independent United Nations human rights expert warned today
7-03-2012 - Reuters/by Isabel Coles

UAE arrests activist for "provoking strife"

Police arrested an activist after he criticised the United Arab Emirates' security services for interfering in the lives of citizens
7-03-2012 - International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific

Inviting Written Submissions – The Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) Asia Pacific Regional

Inviting Written Submissions – The Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) Asia Pacific Regional Consultation for the Proposed General Recommendation on Human Rights of Women in Situations of Conflict and Post Conflict
7-03-2012 - The United Nations Development Programme for the Arab world

Democracy is necessary but not enough says UNDP’s Arab Development Challenges Report

Economic issues, central to the Arab uprisings, trail behind political issues in the post-revolution public discourse between the State, civil society and the International community
1-03-2012 - Arab Times/Khaled Aljenfawi

Change sponsorship system

Government needs to create numerous channels of communication through which those in distress can reach help. In addition, the government needs to change the current system of sponsorship
1-03-2012 - Arab Times/ Labeed Abdal

A long wait … until death

Kuwaitis, must look into pressing issues concerning the expatriate community to consider the possibility of amending the Kuwait Nationality Law
1-03-2012 - Gulf Times

Qatar calls for beefing up Arab judicial system

Recent changes in some Arab countries were rooted in the prejudice of the judicial and legal systems that led to the deprivation of rights and usurpation of peoples’ wealth
1-03-2012 - Oman Daily Observer

Cabinet reshuffled in Oman

Sultan Qaboos has issued seven Royal Decrees.
1-03-2012 - Saudi Gazette

Closing women's gyms sparks controversy

A decision to close 10 women’s health gyms in Madina has been greeted with fury by female customers.
1-03-2012 - Saudi Gazette

Indonesia insists on ILO role for domestic workers contracts

Our demands and requirements are very normal and reasonable
1-03-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Over 15 million young people will enter the workforce in Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt in the next 10 years

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has a relatively young and fast-growing labor force and the greatest challenge will be to create employment and develop the non-oil economy.
1-03-2012 - Business Intelligence Middle East

Upcoming UNCTAD in Doha to 'demonstrate political will and leadership' in promoting the development of humanity

Exercise political will and leadership in promoting the development of humanity.

Council conclusions on EU priorities at the UN Human Rights Council

3149th FOREIGN AFFAIRS Council meeting Brussels, 27 February 2012

19th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva 27 February - 23 March 2012

19th session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva 27 February - 23 March 2012
1-03-2012 - Asharq Al-Awsat/Hussein Shobokshi

Saudidiplomacy relinquishing its customary calm tone and adopting an unprecedentedly escalatory stance and position on Syria

Syria during the al-Assad era – both al-Assad the father and al-Assad the son – has always served as a source of provocation to Saudi Arabia, either publicly or privatel

Statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton after her meeting with His Excellency Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabr Al Thani, Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the State of Qatar

We also focused on the growing importance of EU-Qatar relations and I emphasized the EU's special relations with the Gulf countries. Since I took office I have been determined to intensify our dialogue and cooperation with the GCC on many matters of common interest
29-02-2012 - Kuwait Times

Sparks fly as Kuwaiti MPs vote to recognise Syrian council

Sectarian clashes dominated parts of yesterday’s National Assembly’s tension-packed session in which MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal to recognise the Syrian National Council as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Aghaddir Ali

According to UAE law, it is a crime for a woman to abort her pregnancy

Attempted abortion in UAE ends in tragedy
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Sunil K. Vaidya

Security beefed up in Oman's Sohar as rumours spread

On Tuesday night social media network and micro blogging sites were full of speculations about trouble in the largest town in Batinah with pictures of a burning trucks posted on local web forum 'Sabla’
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Sunil K. Vaidya

Controversial blogger released after detention

He had also criticised the Ruler as well as written about his lack of faith in religion.
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Bahrain deports four more foreigners

The deportation takes up to 12 the number of foreigners asked to leave Bahrain last week
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Bahrain future depends on inclusive strategy

The reform movement in Bahrain was a positive umbrella for people who supported democratic changes," he said. "It brought together Sunnis and Shiites and was destined to have an outstanding role in the region. It could have paved the way for common political and social reforms. Unfortunately, it was aborted by extremists,"
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

'Sushi' marriages losing spark in divided Bahrain society

Matrimonial unions and friendships between Shiites and Sunnis no longer common in Bahrain
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Panel to study proposed amendments to Bahrain constitution

Bahrain’s lower chamber has postponed a debate on amendments to the constitution by one month
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/ByOmar Shariff

Is Doha the new Arab political capital?

Qatar is advancing a decisive shift in Arab politics that many in the West have yet to embrace: a Middle East dominated by mainstream Islamist parties brought to power in a region that is more democratic, more conservative and more tumultuous

Study addresses misconceptions about Gulf women athletes

women's sports participation in Qatar.
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Doha Debates to debate Arab women in post uprisings

The status of women in the Arab uprisings is to be discussed by The Doha Debates, following concerns that political Islam might impose new restrictions on them
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Kuwaiti newspaper suspended for two weeks

Al Dar rejects charge of formenting sectarianism through reports of Gulf protests
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Kuwaiti lawmaker drops move to grill prime minister

With all my respect for you, your highness the prime minister, you are incapable of running the state, and the government you have formed is not even good enough to be a football team.
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

New parliamentary bloc in Kuwait seeks Sharia rule

Four Kuwaiti lawmakers have formed a new parliamentary bloc to boost the drive to bring the legislation in line with Islam
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Call to try those who supported Saudi blogger

People who encouraged a controversial Saudi columnist facing charges of blasphemy could be summoned by the public prosecutor, a report has said
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Elizabeth Dickinson

Why a Saudi blogger faces a possible death sentence for three tweets

What is behind all the commotion surrounding Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari?
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Saudi mufti rejects call to try Hamza by non-religious court

Saudi Arabia's mufti, the country's highest religious figure, has rejected calls to shift the trial of Hamza Kashgari, the controversial former columnist, from religious courts to the information ministry
24-02-2012 - Reuters

Saudi Arabia names first Iraq envoy since 1990

Riyadh's Jordan ambassador to oversee Baghdad
24-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Saudi wades into controversy for insulting tweets

The tweets sparked, within hours of their posting, a flood of condemnations from social network users who called for his arrest and trial
24-02-2012 - Arab News

Prisoner accord between Saudi Arabia and Iraq in March

The ambassador said the Iraq delegation would comprise members of the human rights committee of Parliament, Foreign Ministry officials, and representatives of the Iraqi National Society for Human Rights.
24-02-2012 - Kuwait Times

Kuwait's Oppn shortlists 28 draft legislations

The government said that the decision was taken in line with the transparent policy and as a move to ensure that it seeks cooperation with the National Assembly.
24-02-2012 - Kuwait Times

59 bedoons out on bail in Kuwait

The men were questioned on charges of assaulting policemen, damaging public property and taking part in illegal gatherings, Fayez Al-Oteibi told AFP.
24-02-2012 - Gulf Times

Changes to school curricula urged for reforms to succeed in Qatar

A Faculty of Islamic Studies professor has said that changes need to be made to the themes of school curricula and public discourse
24-02-2012 - Aljazeera news

UAE strips six of citizenship

Security concerns cited, although those affected say they are being unjustly targeted for their political views.

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Statement by the spokesperson of High Representative Catherine Ashton on the anniversary of the unrest in Bahrain

On the eve of 14th February, High Representative Catherine Ashton calls upon all parties in Bahrain to exercise calm and restraint, especially during the planned demonstrations

Qatar EU parliament Exchange of views

Qatar EU parliament Exchange of views with Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani Mofa Qatar, 1 March 2012 Room Paul-Henri Spaak 1A002 Brussels

Bahrein EU parliament Exchange of views with Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa

Bahrein EU parliament Exchange of views with Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa 29 February 11.15 Room: Paul-Henri Spaak 1A002 Brussels
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/by Jumana Al Tamimi

Youth unemployment in Mena region disturbingly high UN

We need to pull the UN system together like never before to support a new social contract of job-rich economic growth
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Samir Salama,

UAE Moves under way to recover more than Dh1b of siphoned public funds

The annual study from Transparency International, a Berlin-based monitoring organisation, awarded the UAE a score of 6.8 out of a possible 10 last year.
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Sunil K. Vaidya

Striking Omani airport project workers end blockade

Last month, around 2,000 workers went on strike demanding overtime according to their original agreement
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Sunil K. Vaidya

Omani employees go on strike at the Muscat Airport project

After intervention from the Manpower Ministry and Indian embassy the workers were given ultimatum to either join work with the conditions offered or leave
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Sunil K. Vaidya

Three Sohar activists released from prison

Three activists from Sohar were released late on Tuesday night after serving six months prison, while prisoners at Sumayil Central Prison have suspended their 46-day-long fast
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews

Workers' confusion about wages triggered Muscat Airport Project site strike

In a statement issued by the BEB Consortium (Bechtel-Enka-BEC) spokesperson, Fawziya Al Mashyki, the company has attributed the blockade by Omani employees last Sunday to confusion about their wages
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Bahrain to skip Arab League summit

Country's foreign minister cites Manama's displeasure with Iraqi interference
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toum

Bahrain medics' trial put off to February 27

Bahrain's Court of Appeals on Monday postponed the trial of 20 medical staff to February 27 to hear witnesses and form a neutral medical panel that will look into the allegations of the defendants they had been ill-treated
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toum

Bahrain torture case trial postponed to February 26

The trial of five security men on charges of torturing two people to death and not reporting the case to the competent authorities was on Monday postponed to February 26
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Ray of hope amid statements about national solution

A ray of hope could be glowing in Bahrain after the crown prince, the parliament speaker and a prominent lawmaker referred in different statements to a national solution to the crisis that has hit Bahrain
7-02-2012 - The peninsula

Symposium to tackle GCC security on Wednesday

Plan includes studying the latest developments in political and economic fields, on both the regional and international levels
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toum

Arab media research needs to be expanded

The bureaucratic restrictions and outdated practices that have stalled the development of teaching and researching Arab media for decades should be shrugged off, a paper has urged
7-02-2012 - AFP

Islamist-led opposition wins majority in Kuwait parliament

Kuwait's Islamist-led opposition has won a landslide majority in Kuwait's snap polls by securing 34 seats in the 50-member parliament, officials results released on Friday showed
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Islamist gains in Kuwait at expense of women and liberals

Kuwait has become the fourth Arab country in as many months to see overwhelming gains for Islamists and dismal losses for liberals in parliamentary elections
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Kuwait braces for turbulent times

Islamists achieve major gains in elections; Experts foresee repeated confrontations in parliament; Women fail to find foothold and liberals fall from grace
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Not a single woman makes it to Kuwaiti parliament

Four incumbents among 23 candidates who failed to secure enough votes
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Veteran politician says negative phenomena impacted election outcome

The emergence of sectarianism as an important factor to be elected to parliament
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Habib Toumi

Kuwait’s parliament to convene on February 15

Kuwait’s newly-elected parliament will hold its first session on February 15, the cabinet said following its weekly meeting
7-02-2012 - AP

Saudi women push challenge to driving ban

Courts urged to take up lawsuits demanding the right to drive
7-02-2012 - Gulfnews/By Asma Alsharif

Saudi artists test limits of freedom of expression

Rare exhibition in kingdom affords them opportunity for social commentary through art as region's political landscape continues to change
7-02-2012 - Kuwait Times -

Opposition blocs open to join Kuwait cabinet, Lawmakers plan to amend Article 2

The new Cabinet seeks active participation from opposition bloc figures to create balance in the political scene
7-02-2012 - Saudi Gazette

Women are now a subject of 'financial abuse'

Despite progressing and being open-minded, women are succumb to some sort violence and abuse at home or at work
24-01-2012 - The Telegraph

Saudi female driver who defied ban dies in fatal accident

Women in the kingdom who have the means hire drivers while others must depend on the goodwill of male relatives.
24-01-2012 - New York Times/By THOMAS W. LIPPMAN

Saudi Women Shatter the Lingerie Ceiling

A SOCIAL revolution began in Saudi Arabia this month, and it has little if anything to do with the Arab Spring. Women are going to work in lingerie shops.
24-01-2012 - Foreign Policy/By Nathan J. Brown

Why won't Saudi Arabia write down its laws?

The most influential religious scholars in Saudi Arabia would object even to such an attempt to codify Islamic legal principles. It is not so much writing them down that would bother them; it is obliging the individual judge to follow those texts. The binding nature of codes, not their written nature, provokes the strongest objections.

Saudi Activists Rebuff the Government's Rejection to Register their Center

A group of Saudi human rights activists filed a complaint to the Minister of Social Affairs after its rejection to grant them a permit to establish a center for defending human rights in the country.
23-01-2012 - BBC news

Bahrain pushes reform agenda

The government of Bahrain has had a busy few weeks, pushing ahead with a reform agenda against a backdrop of continuing unrest.
23-01-2012 - deutsche Press agentur

Bahrain spirals into escalating violence

The death toll from protest-related also continued to mount, surpassing 50 so far since February 14th, with many in the opposition now vowing to re-ignite the large protests by the first anniversary if the demands of political reform are not met
23-01-2012 - Oman Daily Observer

Role of labour unions, members in focus

labour confederation is to address the manifestations that may hamper production in an objective and transparent manner to ensure meeting the public and social interests and enhancing the union in the national development process
23-01-2012 - Arab News

Crackdown on Saudis employing runaways

The Ministry of Labor has started cracking down on people employing housemaids who have run away from their original sponsors
23-01-2012 - Saudi Gazette

The specialist penal court resumed terror trial

The Specialist Penal Court resumed Sunday the trials of 49 men
23-01-2012 - Kuwait Times

I dream of party politics

The aim of party politics would not be to strengthen social divisions, rather it would come as a blender, bringing people together based on ideological backgrounds – and most important, on political platform agendas
23-01-2012 - Times of Oman

Kuwait's Majlis Al Umma 'Parliament', the focus of the world

In an era when democracy across the globe is finding fresh and renewed lease of life, Kuwait offers to this chequered legacy a script of political reformation written with extreme passion.
21-12-2011 - Khaleej Times

Kuwaitis register for polls seeking change stability

The change in this election will be huge thanks to the young generation who will play a pivotal role in the poll
21-12-2011 - Gulf Times

Bahrain female blogger released pending trial

The public prosecutor decided to release Khawaja and Maasuma al-Sayed
21-12-2011 - Gulf Daily News

Bahraini MP storms out over protest crackdown

An MP stormed out of parliament yesterday in protest against police tactics when dealing with protesters
21-12-2011 - Oman Daily Observer

Panel to study laws, amendments in Oman

The committee viewed its statement which was raised to the Majlis's Office in respect to arranging the priority topics that the Legal Committee intends to list in its action plan during the 1st annual sitting
21-12-2011 - Al Hayat/Jameel Theyabi

The Riyadh Summit and the Arab Spring

Gulf citizens have become sick and tired of this broken record, and want to hear decisions rising up to the level of the GCC states’ history,, geography and the relations of their people, in order to uphold the acquisitions and political, economic and strategic status of these countries whose lands are filled with oil and gas.
21-12-2011 - Gulf Daily News

Time for the opposition to prove its credibility

What is needed in Bahrain is trust and belief, across the political and religious divide
21-12-2011 -

Pioneer Bloggers in the Gulf Arab States

Today the number of Twitter and Facebook users in the Gulf is estimated to be in the millions. Many are outspoken and critical of Gulf Arab regime policies, religious establishments, and the stagnation of social and political reform
21-12-2011 - Associated Press

Bahrain Police Fire Tear Gas After Funeral

Police in Bahrain on Sunday fired tear gas at thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-government slogans
1-12-2011 - Gulfnews/ by Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

McCarthyism in Gulf social media

People should realise the risks of long-term damage that petty accusations may cause, not only to individuals but also to the fabric of society
1-12-2011 - Doha Centre for Media Freedom/ by Anealla Safdar

The UAE Five are free, but is the media?

On November 28, four Emiratis and one stateless resident of the United Arab Emirates were jailed for threatening state security by insulting the country's leaders. They had called for a boycott of September's Federal National Council elections and were charged in connection with anti-government demonstrations.
29-11-2011 - Gulfnews/By Sunil K. Vaidya

Qaboos: Free expression is vital

Sultan of Oman tells government to use full force of law to root out corruption
29-11-2011 - BBC news

Qatar elections to be held in 2013

Qatar will hold elections for its advisory council in 2013
28-11-2011 - Associated Press/ By BARBARA SURK and BRIAN MURPHY, AP

Bahrain hints at evidence of Iran protest links

in a 500-page report detailing widespread abuses in Bahrain's crackdowns, it's a brief section on Iran that has brought the strongest pushback Thursday in the Gulf kingdom
28-11-2011 - AFP

20 detained Kuwaiti activists go on hunger strike

The announcement came in a statement posted on Twitter by the activists' supporters immediately after the public prosecutor extended the detention of 31 activists until Saturday for further investigation.
28-11-2011 - AFP

Gulf states advise nationals to leave Syria

Arab Gulf states plan to cut commercial ties with Syria
28-11-2011 - Reuters

Bahrain pledges to act on criticism of crackdown

The National Commission will study the recommendations and put forward proposals including with regards to the recommendation on necessary amendments in laws and regulations and how the recommendations can be implemented," a statement on the official BNA news agency said late on Saturday
28-11-2011 - Reuters/ By BARBARA SURK

UAE security court sentences 5 political activists

A state security court in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday sentenced five activists who have campaigned for political freedoms in the oil-rich Gulf federation to prison terms of up to three years
28-11-2011 - AFP/ By Omar Hasan

Three Kuwaiti ministers plan to quit

Health minister Helal al-Sayer, justice and social affairs and labour minister Mohammad al-Afasi and state minister for development Abdulwahab al-Harun plan to resign
28-11-2011 - AFP

Kuwaiti emir to dissolve parliament

The latest developments appear to have been triggered by the reported resignation of three ministers of the 16-member cabinet of the oil-rich Gulf state in protest over the strained political situation
28-11-2011 - Reuters/ by Mahmoud Habboush

UAE pardons activists sentenced for insulting leaders

Ahmed Mansoor, a communications engineer, was accused of running a website that gave bin Ghaith and three other defendants a venue to express anti-government views
28-11-2011 - Reuters

Kuwait cabinet submits resignation

The Kuwaiti government quit on Monday, parliamentary sources said, to resolve demands from protesters and opposition deputies that the prime minister step down over corruption allegations


Based on more than 5,000 interviews with protesters, Bahrain residents and foreigners, the inquiry represents perhaps the most comprehensive look at any of the uprisings and crackdowns that have roiled the Arab world this year. In its sheer breadth it runs to 489 pages the report appeared to mark a first for the Arab world, pulling the shroud back from the inner workings of secretive security forces.
24-11-2011 - EUROPEAN UNION

Statement by EU High Representative on the publication of the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry Catherine Ashton

calling upon all sides in Bahrain to do their utmost to implement the recommendations of the report, in a timely and complete fashion
21-11-2011 - Kuwait Times

opposition's and prime minister's supporters plan to stage rallies opposite the National Assembly at the same time today

The interior minister has beefed up security preparations by mobilising almost all its forces as the opposition's and prime minister's supporters plan to stage rallies opposite the National Assembly at the same time today
21-11-2011 - Gulf News

Parliament panel calls for suspending controversial MP

A parliamentary committee has recommended suspending a lawmaker for 20 sessions for allegedly verbally abusing two other MPs

Protester dies during rally in Bahrain

The protester's uncle says his 16-year-old nephew, Ali Youssef Bagdar, died after a police vehicle ran over him
21-11-2011 - Gulf News

Bahraini teenager killed in freak accident

Ali Yusuf Ali Hassan Ebrahim, 16 next month, died from the injuries he sustained after the police car crashed him into a wall
21-11-2011 - Gulf News

Qatar to restructure foreign ministry, set up diplomacy institute

Qatar is to set up a diplomacy institute within its foreign ministry, a local daily reported
21-11-2011 - Gulf News

Reforms best way to avoid uprisings, Qatar premier says

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are not immune to popular uprisings
21-11-2011 - Gulf News

All eyes on Nayef's strategy

Seen as a hardliner, Crown Prince may reveal inclusive side as heir to Saudi King
16-11-2011 - Gulfnews

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi being elected as the first deputy speaker of the House and also to represent Abu Dhabi, the capital of the country

Dr Amal the first woman to be elected to the House in 2006 has returned for her second term
16-11-2011 - Kuwait Times

Kuwaiti MPs file request to grill PM over graft

Several opposition MPs warned the government that popular anger was growing rapidly
16-11-2011 - Gulf Daily News

Terror suspects face life in jail: Bahrain

A top lawyer with experience of defending suspects with alleged links to Al Qaeda said jail sentences of up to 25 years could be handed down under Bahrain's anti-terrorism laws
16-11-2011 - Reuters

UAE leader promises more political rights to citizens

The president of the United Arab Emirates promised greater political rights to citizens at the opening session of the country's partly elected assembly Tuesday
13-10-2011 - Brendan O'Neill, The Telegraph

Saudi women getting the right to vote

Granting of the vote to Saudi women is a potentially brilliant development is because it implicitly recognises that these women are political beings.
11-10-2011 - Gulf Daily News

New political force for Bahrain's unity

The Bahrain Bloc, consisting of five Sunni and four Shi'ite members, is now the second largest group in parliament and Bahrain's first cross-sect parliamentary alliance
11-10-2011 - Saudi Gazette

Anti-graft commission sets up office in Riyadh

Strengthening relations with citizens and to facilitate their communication with the commission.
11-10-2011 - Arab News

Kuwait oil shipments halted due to strike: Shipping sources

Kuwait customs union went on a strike.
26-09-2011 - Saudi Gazette

Women can now vote, join Shoura as member

In a historic announcement Sunday, King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, said that he was giving Saudi women the right to vote and run in municipal elections as well as the right to join the Shoura Council as members.
26-09-2011 - Kuwait Times

Kuwaitis go to court to demand disclosure of MPs' finances

Around 100 Kuwaiti citizens yesterday submitted formal legal complaints at a local court demanding that MPs be compelled.
21-07-2011 - Kuwait Times

Minister questioned over staff's dodgy expenses

MP Shuaib Al-Muwaizri said that Kuwait is not and should be treated as a feudal estate owned and run by several individuals according to their whims.

Oman Tribune

An international rights group called on Bahrain to stop harassment and intimidation of reporters critical of the government, which crushed weeks of protests earlier this year.
21-07-2011 - Arab news

Defendant says didn't fund Iraq insurgency

The prime suspect among the 16 defendants facing trial in a special court in Jeddah for supporting terror activities said Wednesday charges made against him were false.
20-07-2011 - Kuwait Times

Kuwaiti MPs question ministers

MP Walid Al-Tabtabaie has submitted a number of parliamentary questions to Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Dr. Mohammad Al-Afasi concerning the implementation of disability rights legislation introduced last year.
12-07-2011 - Arab News

UAE expands voter list to head off protest

The United Arab Emirates will increase the number of citizens eligible to vote for a national advisory council to 129,000 from a previously planned 80,000, the state news agency announced on Monday, the latest move to give them a bigger say in government.
12-07-2011 - Nissar Hoath, Khaleej Times

129,274 to vote in FNC polls: UAE

An electorate of 129,274 citizens from seven emirates will vote in the country's second Federal National Council elections to choose 20 representatives of a 40-member house on September 24. The other 20 seats will be nominees of the the Rulers of the Emirates.
12-07-2011 - Kuwait News Agency

Iran FM says no problem with Saudi Arabia

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said here Sunday his country has no serious problem with Saudi Arabia and the two countries just take different points of view on regional developments.
12-07-2011 - Reuters

Turkish foreign minister visits Saudi Arabia

A revival of Turkish influence in the Middle East and North Africa is a changed dynamic in a region cast into turmoil by the "Arab Spring" popular uprisings.
12-07-2011 - Arab News

Women’s driving a nonevent?

The call for Saudi women to drive on June 17 as a form of protest for not being permitted to drive was a nonevent. It did not generate a huge response on the streets despite the wide support it had on virtual space.
12-07-2011 - Arab News

Violence against children on the rise in Saudi

Violence against children is on the rise in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The local media has given prominent coverage to a spate of such incidents following the death of the Taif boy Ahmad last week. The four-year-old boy was allegedly murdered by his stepmother.
12-07-2011 - Arab news

Improvements in women's rights: Kuwait

UN Women launched its first global report. Entitled 'Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice,' the new report examines women's rights worldwide and highlights the injustices women suffer at home, at work, in politics and under different justice systems.

GCC solidarity pledge by Bahrain and Kuwait

Security is a unified mission for the GCC, it was declared.
9-05-2011 - Ravindra Nath, Khaleej Times

Oman to decentralise power, implement reforms

Pressing ahead with reforms, triggered by the recent public demonstrations demanding jobs, higher wages and an end to corruption that rocked the country, Oman is embarking on a major move to decentralise power.
9-05-2011 - Habib Toumi, Gulf News

Qatari woman confident of winning municipal polls dominated by men

Fatima Al Gazal, one of four women running in Qatar's municipal elections next week, said it would be better to create awareness in the society for recognising Qatari women's abilities and providing them a level playing field for winning membership in the Council through free and fair elections.

Other sources on GCC civil society and human rights