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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.
Arab Digest editor William Law’s guest this week is Renad Mansour, a Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme and the Project Director of the Iraq Initiative at London’s Chatham House. Their conversation ranges widely, looking at the current government in place for nearly a year, the continuing role of Iran, what needs to happen to curb the corruption throttling the country and the determination of young Iraqis to replace a system that denies them with one that empowers their hopes and enables their aspirations.
Summary: a Moroccan father grieves for his daughter; a Bahraini daughter risks all to save her father.
Summary: Republicans in Washington have invoked an arcane device to withhold urgently needed humanitarian food aid to Palestinians.
Summary: the threat of an enormous environmental disaster in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen has been averted thanks to the UN and funding from Western governments.
On 28 June 2023, Arab Digest and Mr William Law published a podcast titled “Prigozhin, Wagner and the UAE” and on 30 June 2023 published an edited transcript of that podcast with the same title. Those publications made the following false statements about Kush for Exploration & Production Co. Ltd (“Kush”) and Emiral Resources Ltd (“Emiral”)
Summary: the foremost expert on Yemen’s water issues has a message for the leaders of the various warring factions: the water scarcity crisis threatens Yemen’s very existence and co-ordinated action must be taken immediately to avert an impending catastrophe.
Summary: our second instalment of great summer reads offers an indepth analysis of the weaponisation of the information space, a powerful personal memoir, an insightful study of how a decade of violence has scarred Libya, a delightful children’s book, a new edition of Helen Lackner’s seminal study of the Yemen war and the republished Sahar Khalifeh classic Wild Thorns.
Summary: a black comedic classic by one of Egypt’s greatest writers, a brilliant new analysis of Yemen, a breath taking generational novel from Kuwait, a deep dive into security in the Gulf monarchies, essays from Arab LGBTQ+ writers and how MbZ built himself and his closest family members into a regional powerhouse.
Summary: this week marks 10 years since the coup that overthrew Mohamed Morsi but the events that led to the coup and the events that followed are entwined in Egypt’s story of revolution and counterrevolution captured in these images by Hossam el-Hamalawy.
Summary: ten years of Sisi rule has inflicted huge damage on the economy of Egypt while enriching the military elite, decimating the private sector and wrecking the lives of tens of millions of Egyptians.
Summary: Arab Digest continues our interrogation of the 3 July 2013 coup with an analysis of Sisi’s ‘legal’ justifications for his rule by dictatorship.