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Qatar’s World Cup ambitions cannot overshadow migrant’s rights issues

Qatar’s World Cup ambitions cannot overshadow migrant’s rights issues

Qatar once again demonstrated its World Cup ambitions by signing world-class player Xavi Hernandez to one of its teams for three years. While it is unclear if hiring star talent will bolster Qatar’s reputation as a leader of the global football community, as recent matches continue to suffer from low […]

Bahrain Charges Al-Wasat Journalist with Terrorism

Bahrain Charges Al-Wasat Journalist with Terrorism

After his arbitrary arrest on 28 December, the Bahraini Interior Ministry named journalist Mahmood al-Jazeeri, a reporter for Al-Wasat News, as among those arrested for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks funded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah, the veracity of which has been questioned by experts. On 31 December, al-Jazeeri’s […]

Economic Hardship Could Lead to Trouble in Saudi Arabia

Economic Hardship Could Lead to Trouble in Saudi Arabia

The Government of Saudi Arabia struggles to balance its budget as oil prices fall below $35 (USD) per barrel. The kingdom needs oil prices to reach $106 to fund current expenditures. The Saudi budget is predominately centered on oil prices; the BBC reports that oil revenue forms 73% of the […]

Bahrain foils “secret terrorist plot” by Iran and Hezbollah

Bahrain foils “secret terrorist plot” by Iran and Hezbollah

The Bahraini state news agency, Bahrain News Agency (BNA), reported that “A secret terrorist plot aided by the so-called Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Hezbollah terrorist organization was foiled.” The BNA said “a main suspect, Ali Ahmed Fakhrawi, had traveled to Lebanon and personally met the head of the Shi’ite […]

In this Tuesday, March 31, 2015 file photo, people gather near the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near the airport in Sanaa, Yemen.

Canada Continues with Saudi Arms Deal Despite Executions, Human Rights Abuses in Yemen

Canada condemned the execution of Shia cleric and political activist Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, and the country’s foreign affairs minister, Stéphane Dion, asked Saudi Arabia to observe and respect basic human rights. The Canadian minister questioned the Saudi government’s regard for human rights as well. However, the Government of Canada announced […]