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Posted On: 3 January 2019 02:46 pm
Updated On: 3 April 2019 12:58 pm

Saudi promotes a video for children to provoke hatred against Qatar -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 83

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Did you miss out most important political stories of this week on GCC crisis? Every Thursday, we take a moment to bring you all the updates on the latest developments in the ongoing Gulf crisis. So read below to get updates of this week!

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January 1, 2019

Netflix drops satire episode critical of Saudi Arabia

Hasan Minhaj
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Netflix has removed an episode of a satirical comedy show that criticizes Saudi Arabia after officials in the kingdom complained, raising new questions about the limits of free online expression, a report said Tuesday.

The Financial Times reported that the streaming giant had taken down the episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" in Saudi Arabia after the kingdom's Communications and Information Technology Commission said its cybercrime law.

In the episode, Minhaj -- an American-born Muslim of Indian descent -- lashed Saudi Arabia after the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He specifically criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and was also critical of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

December 31, 2018

An anti Qatar song targeting children

Saudi Arabia keeps on spreading hatred against Qatar through songs and social media. And as a latest initiative, Saudi Arabia welcomed the New Year with a new hate speech-ridden children's song composed against Qatar which is a violation of childhood innocence.

The song titled “Pour, oh Rain, in Doha” is accompanied by an illustration showing children at play and wishes for the drowning of Qatar, at times, and considers it a Saudi province, at others. As the song says:

“It’s okay if Doha drowns. Doha comes back to the Saudi land (referring to Qatar being a Saudi province)." The video also shows a child talks about being married to “Iran’s Mullah”, and needs to cover her hair.

The song promoted on Twitter by Saudi journalist Khalid Almatrafi caused unprecedented anger and resentment on social media.

Activists urged the Human Rights Watch to intervene and stop what was described as ‘disgusting’ by some, since it destroys what is left of human bonding between people in the Gulf and is directed at further injecting the seeds of hatred, division and discrimination among children.

Whereas Saudi Arabia wants Qatar to be drowned, the country itself faced severe floods recently which damaged houses, left people dead. In 2018, flash floods killed at least 30 people across the kingdom in the month of November. The floods resulted from a powerful storm, which brought heavy rains to the desert kingdom.

December 27, 2018

Saudi king demotes Foreign Minister in reshuffle

Saudi king demotes Foreign Minister in reshuffle

Saudi Arabia's king has issued a royal decree to appoint a new foreign minister in a major government reshuffle, the official SPA news agency reported on last Thursday.

According toThe New Arab, King Salman named Ibrahim al-Assaf to take over from Adel al-Jubeir and demoted the former top diplomat to the post of minister of state for foreign affairs. Jubeir had served in the position since April 2015, before that he was Riyadh's envoy in Washington.

The major reshuffle comes amid international fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


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