Murder in The Hague: Saudi-Iranian Proxy War Heats Up

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by James M. Dorsey Shot dead this week on a street in The Hague, Ahmad Mola Nissi may have died the violent life he lived, but his murder suggests a possible retching up of the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Big Step Forward, Another Back

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by Thomas W. Lippman So, with its decision to let women drive, is Saudi Arabia finally modernizing its oppressive rules of social behavior and relaxing its tight restrictions on political and social life? Yes and no. Economic necessity and the… Continue Reading  

Yemen: Hiding Behind Coalition’s Unlawful Attacks

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by Human Rights Watch Members of the Saudi-led coalition have sought to avoid international legal liability by refusing to provide information on their role in alleged unlawful airstrikes in Yemen, Human Rights Watch said today. In 2017, Human Rights Watch wrote… Continue Reading  

Arab Gulf States: Assault on Online Activists

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by Human Rights Watch Gulf governments have sustained their campaigns to silence peaceful critics during the first half of 2017, Human Rights Watch said today, updating an interactive website, created in November 2016, featuring targeted human rights activists. On July 10,… Continue Reading  

European Parliament Condemns Human Rights Violations in Bahrain 

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by Eldar Mamedov While the Trump administration is escalating tensions with Iran and moving closer to the Persian Gulf monarchies, the European Parliament (EP) took a step in the opposite direction. At its plenary session on February 16, it adopted… Continue Reading