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500 Days of UK Complicity in the Destruction of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Andrew Smith

Last Sunday marked 500 days since Saudi Arabian forces intervened in the Yemeni civil war. In that time, Saudi air strikes have killed thousands of people, destroyed vital infrastructure and unleashed a humanitarian crisis on the civilian population.

Brexit's Effects Will Ripple Into UK's Foreign Policy in the Gulf

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Sayed Alwadaei

Boris Johnson's new job as British Foreign Secretary came as a shock surprise to many, but Theresa May's new premiership mark the beginning of the end of the UK's whiplash political crisis, and the UK's entry into the long, drawn out political crisis that is leaving the European Union. But what does that all mean for the UK's Middle East policy?

A Regime Known for It's Recklessness Just Made a Very Reckless Move

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

Nation states act out of pure self-interest. That isn't an inherently negative trait, but when a country is led by a sadistic megalomaniac, 'self-inte...

Saudi Official With Diplomatic Immunity Allegedly Brought Slave To London

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

A Saudi official has been accused of bringing a slave to London, as a string of crimes committed by people with diplomatic immunity are released in ne...

Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Mediterranean Migrant Crisis

Michael Barron | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Michael Barron

The influx of Saudi and other Gulf aid has played a central role in supporting the Egyptian economy, preventing the country's collapse and avoiding an even greater human tragedy than that currently unfolding. Saudi's financial support to Egypt is an example of where Saudi's interest - a stable Egypt - coincided with the wider international community's interest.

Ending UK Complicity in Saudi Violence

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

For decades now, UK governments of all political colours have worked hand in glove with the arms companies and Saudi authorities, continuing to sell arms and political support while turning a blind eye to the terrible human rights abuses that are being carried out every single day.

We Need to Talk About Yemen

Diana Johnson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

It's been over a year since the start of the recent conflict in Yemen, and life for children and their families is increasingly unbearable. In March last year, the Saudi-led Coalition launched a military operation in support of the Government of Yemen against Houthi opposition forces who had overthrown President Hadi. Since then, the humanitarian situation has rapidly deteriorated with over 80% of the country now in need of assistance and millions without access to vital healthcare, food, water and fuel.

Philip Hammond's Bahrain Boosterism Is Appallingly Misjudged

Allan Hogarth | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Politics
Allan Hogarth

On the very same day that Mr Hammond was praising all these Bahraini reforms a court in Manama was jailing Sheikh 'Ali Salman, the leader of the country's main opposition party. He got nine years, with an earlier four-year jail sentence supplemented by a further half-decade by the Court of Appeal.

It's Time to Recalibrate Our Foreign Policy

Tom Brake | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

The world faces a level of instability not seen since the Cold War. To avoid further escalation of conflict and insecurity, and to ensure our country does not lose its standing in the world, we need to put human rights and the observance of international law centre stage again. The Liberal Democrats intend being one of the main actors in this revival.

Will Women Benefit From Saudi Economic Reforms?

Jo Simmons | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
Jo Simmons

With the government's expressed aim of reducing unemployment from its current level of 12% down to 7%, the number of women leaving the home to take up work looks set to continue its surge. Just as women entering the workforce in the West served as a prelude to their social advancement one can only hope that the same process will be replicated in the conservative kingdom and replace its current ignominious stance towards women.

Groom Divorces Bride Because She Was Too Busy Texting To Have Sex

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

A newlywed is being divorced by her husband because she spent the very first hours of their marriage texting her friends, it has been reported. The un...

Saudi Arabia Takes A Small Step Forward For Womankind

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK

Brides in Saudi Arabia will be given copies of their marriage contracts for the first time in history. The privilege has been one reserved only for gr...

What Do Saudi Arabia and Ikea Have in Common? They Both Want to Go Solar

Assaad W Razzouk | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Tech
Assaad W Razzouk

A few months before, at a gathering in May 2015 convened by the French government ahead of the Paris climate talks, Saudi Arabia's oil minister was asked about his country's strategy after the end of the oil era. His answer: We will keep exporting energy, except it will be solar power which we will sell to the world.

President Obama's Last Opportunity With the Gulf

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sayed Alwadaei

Here comes one last opportunity: don't squander it. Our own civil rights leaders are in prison. If President Obama mentions no one else, let him raise the case of Zainab Al-Khawaja, or the Saudi youth Ali Al-Nimr who faces crucifixion, and hold them up as high as Rosa Parks. Ordinary acts face extraordinary repression in the Gulf, but there remains a chance to change that.

A Shameful Silence

Luke Boddam-Whetham | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Luke Boddam-Whetham

In 2012/13 I had the good fortune to travel to Yemen, that beautiful country at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. I was working with a local organisat...

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Beyond: The Rampant Hypocrisy Behind UK Foreign Policy

Andrew Smith | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

How can it be the case that peaceful protesters and campaigners are arrested for blocking a road, yet regimes that systematically oppress their own citizens and kill others in wars of aggression are given the red carpet treatment and plied with weapons?

Driving Is ‘Dangerous And Exposes Women To Evil’ Insists Saudi Cleric

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK

Saudi Arabia's most senior cleric has voiced his support for the kingdom's ban on women driving, arguing it is "a dangerous matter that exposes women ...

Saudi Man Shields Veiled Wife With Headscarf AND Glass Partition And Everyone Has An Opinion

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK

A photograph, purportedly of a man sharing a meal with a woman assumed to be his wife in Saudi Arabia, has divided the internet. The image – which r...

Doctor 'Inadvertently' Flies LGBT Flag Above House... In Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK

A Saudi man was arrested last week after flying a rainbow flag “unaware” of its homosexual symbolism. According to CNN, the doctor bought the flag...

All-Female Crew Land Fleet's Largest Plane In Saudi Arabia (But Can't Drive A Car There)

The Huffington Post | Eve Hartley | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

An all-female flight crew have made history after touching down in Saudi Arabia in a Royal Brunei Airlines 787-Dreamliner aircraft. But despite succe...

Britain's Role in Yemen's Civil War Is Largely Ignored  - and it's Devastating the Nation

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ali Reza Naraghi

World attention on the conflict in the Middle East is primarily focused on Syria and Iraq, and much less so on the catastrophe in Yemen, which has cost the lives of thousands of people and forced millions to flee their homes. The Saudi monarchy, with Britain's open support, has been waging war on Yemen for a year, and yet few Britons know anything about it.

Arming Saudi Arabia: Philip Hammond at the Controls

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Maybe we shouldn't fret. As with the old reggae producers (King Tubby et al), we've apparently got our top people in the control room when it comes to the Saudi-Yemen onslaught (Philip Hammond, you might say, is "at the controls"). No, let's stop worrying and learn to love the bombing campaign in Yemen. Now repeat after me, "We have some of the most stringent export controls ...".

Why Campaigners Are Threatening Legal Action to Stop UK Arms Exports to Saudi

Andrew Smith | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Countries like Saudi Arabia aren't just buying UK arms, they are also buying political support and very often silence about the human rights abuses they preside over. Changing this will take more than the cancellation of a few licences. It will need a complete overhaul of government foreign policy and an end to the hypocrisy at the heart of it.

Saudi Minister Tells Britons To 'Respect' Country's Death Penalty In Tough C4 Interview

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has urged Britons to "respect" his country's death penalty, as the brutal Saudi justice system strains relations betwe...

It's Time Our Government Stopped Pulling Their Punches Over Saudi Arabia

Tom Brake | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

Fundamental questions need to be asked about the UK Government's relationship with Saudi Arabia and calling the execution of 47 prisoners, some who were political prisoners only 'disappointing' is an embarrassing stance from the Government, a Government that is far too close to a regime with serious human rights abuses.