Author: Ainullah

More arrests in Saudi Arabia

On Saturday 6 January  11 princes were detained after gathering at al-Hakem palace in Riyadh to demonstrate against a government decision to make the country’s royalty pay their utility bills. Upon arrest, they were sent to a notorious maximum-security facility south of Riyadh in contrast to dozens of other high-profile figures who were detained in a luxury hotel last year during an anti-corruption drive. The princes are expected to go on trial. “The 11 individuals officially were arrested because they were complaining about the fact that they had asked for subsidies for water and electricity, and for some reason they were denied,” said analyst Joseph Kechichian. “Other reports say that in fact they were cousins of a prince who was executed in October 2016 and that they had come to ask for retribution,” he added. “It’s very conflicting at this point, we don’t know exactly what is going...

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Egypt Presidential Elections in March

Egypt’s presidential election will take place on 26-28 March with a runoff to be held from April 24-26. So far, two candidates have stated their intentions to run: Khaled Ali, a human rights lawyer and opposition leader, and Essam Heggy, an Egyptian space scientist who served as the country’s adviser for scientific affairs from 2013 to 2014.  Current President and strongman, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has not yet confirmed whether he will run for a second and final term – in accordance with the country’s constitution – but he is widely expected to. As Egypt’s army chief, Sisi became president in 2013 after removing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi in a coup. Under Sisi, human rights in Egypt have deteriorated, with organisations reporting at least 60,000 people have been imprisoned since the general came to power. There have also been reports of forced disappearances and a clampdown on press...

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Cleric Salman al-Awda ‘held over Qatar tweet’

A prominent Muslim scholar has been detained by Saudi Arabia for the past four months without charge, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. Saudi authorities detained Salman al-Awda on 7 September  and later imposed travel bans on members of Awda’s family, the US-based rights group said on Sunday. A family member told HRW that Awda was being held over his refusal to comply with an order by Saudi authorities to tweet a specific text to support the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar. Instead, Awda posted a tweet on September 9, saying: “May God harmonize between their hearts for the good of...

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Egyptian hypocrisy over Jerusalem

A Turkey-based TV station has released audio recordings it said were of an Egyptian intelligence officer asking influential hosts in Egypt to persuade their viewers to accept a US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The recordings in Arabic, aired by Mekameleen TV late on Sunday, were first reported on by the New York Times and appeared to contradict Egypt’s public condemnation of the US move. In the audio recordings, a man the Times identified as Captain Ashraf el-Kholi, tells the hosts that war with Israel was not in Egypt’s national interest, and asked them to play down opposition to US President Donald Trump’s move. The recordings released by Mekameleen, however, has cast doubt over Egypt’s...

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Civilians killed by Syrian regime with Russian backing

A large number of  civilians in the Syrian enclave of Eastern Ghouta were killed and dozens more injured last weekend of airstrikes by the Baathist regime in Syria backed by Russians. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitor of the conflict, also reported the death toll of 17 on Saturday, adding that Syrian and Russian aircraft had targeted several residential areas. At least 10 medical facilities, including a crucial women and children’s hospital, have also been hit by airstrikes and artillery shelling over a nine-day period in Eastern Ghouta, and the provinces of Idlib and Hama, the...

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