Academic journal article The Middle East Journal


Academic journal article The Middle East Journal


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See also Tunisia, Yemen

Jan. 17: Two hundred peaceful protestors demonstrated against corruption and rising food prices. They carried banners claiming that "Rising prices have destroyed the dreams of ordinary citizens." [Arabian Business, 1/18]

Jan. 23: Oman and Turkey renewed their 2001 Memorandum of Understanding defense pact continuing the military cooperation between the two countries. The talks and signing ceremony were attended by Omani Lt. Gen Ahmad bin Harith al Nabhani, the Chief of Staff of the Sultan's Armed Forces, and Turkish Defense Minister Undersecretary Muhammad bin Nassir al Rasbi. [Times of Oman, 1/23]

Jan. 30: Oman reportedly captured members of a UAE spy ring. Omani officials reported that agents were working to gather information on a potential successor to Oman's 70-year-old leader, Sultan Qaboos Bin Sa'id, who had no children. The UAE denied the accusations. [IBT, 1/30]

Feb. 16: Sultan Qaboos ordered his cabinet to increase the minimum wage to $520 per month, a 43% increase for national workers in the private sector. The decision came in light of data showing that inflation reached 4.2% in the last year and 0.7% in the last month. [Reuters, 2/16]

Feb. 27: Hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police in protests that killed two and wounded several others in the third consecutive day of demonstrations. Shortly after, Sultan Qaboos gave orders to create 50,000 new government jobs and an unemployment program. …

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