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Included in the four sentenced to up to a year in jail were an Omani writer and poet. The four were freed pending an appeal and a bail hearing. More than 30 people have been detained during the last few weeks. The
Over a year has passed since there were significant protests in Oman. The government promised reforms at the time. Now new peaceful protests have taken place in the town of Sohar an industrial center.
While protests have been larger and with more casualties in a number of other Arab states, Oman right next door to Yemen has had a few protests and clashes with security forces. The security forces arrested dozens of protesters who
Compared to the protests in many Arab countries there have been relatively few and relative small protests in Oman. The worst protests were back in February as shown in the appended video.' Protests broke out in the city of
The recent short-term disturbances in the country are unlikely to have a major impact on the sentiments of foreign investors, but may increase the cost of project finance from overseas markets. These are the general views expressed by a cross section
With the spate of unrest in Oman not showing any signs of slowing down, in recent spurt of violence protesters set a supermarket on fire and rallied at two places for the third consecutive day of unrest. The Gulf nation has
Oil-rich monarchies in the Gulf may have chosen to pre-empt protests by opening their coffers to their citizens, but other Arab states in turmoil -- or in the wake of it -- lack the "cash for calm" option. The fact that Arab rulers in the Gulf have