Below are all the Arab Digest newsletters going back to 17 June 2013
Summary: @mujtahidd casts new light on MbS’s personal habits and psychology.
Summary: a western media focus on the ill-treatment of sub-Saharan migrants ignores another harsh reality, the desperation of young Tunisians seeking to escape the economic crisis engulfing their country.
Summary: diplomacy rather than bullets marked the end, at least for the time being, of a dispute between Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan that had it not been resolved had the potential to explode into a major military confrontation.
Summary: the execution of two army pilots signals all is not well in the Saudi military as discontent festers and resentment is quelled with harsh measures.
Summary: Sisi has transformed the military in Egypt from a security institution into the sole guardian of the state but the story of the military establishment in Pakistan and the fate of Imran Khan should serve as a warning to the Egyptian president about what can happen should he run afoul of the generals to whom he has assigned ultimate power.
Summary: a leading security expert explains the strategy behind President Biden’s ongoing negotiations to have Saudi Arabia recognise Israel and argues that with time on the Saudi side a deal is not coming anytime soon.
Summary: Whispering Walls is a timely and important debut novel from the British-Kurdish author Choman Hardi, a well-known feminist who has long fought for gender equality in Kurdish society.
Summary: the Saudi response to an influx of Ethiopian migrants has been to launch a brutal campaign of mass murder, rape and torture driving migrants who survive back into Yemen where they face further atrocities from all sides in the Yemen conflict.
Summary: the destruction of Egypt’s brief democracy and the mass repression that has followed was enabled by the 2013 Rabaa massacre and those who supported it, among them secular liberals and leftists and a broad swathe of the Egyptian public who bought into a rabidly nationalistic narrative.
Summary: even though the Middle East and North Africa are on the frontlines of climate change the structures of governance are ill-suited to manage arguably the greatest threat the region and its people have ever faced.
Summary: a Moroccan father grieves for his daughter; a Bahraini daughter risks all to save her father.
Summary: Giorgia Meloni’s Made in Italy fund is seeking investment from MENA energy players and Algeria has an opportunity and history on its side to engage with the Italians and invest in the fund. What’s lacking is the political will and the economic nous to seize the opportunity.