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Women in Yemen wearing a traditional conical straw sunhat called a madhalla working in the fields

Yemen’s agriculture under siege

Summary: more than ten years of war, climate change and agricultural practices that benefit wealthy landowners and further impoverish the poor have left the vast majority of the Yemeni population suffering from food insecurity.

On 1 April 2024, an Israeli airstrike destroyed the Iranian consulate annex building adjacent to the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria, killing 16 people, including a senior Quds Force commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, and seven other IRGC officers.

Of bombs and bluffs

Summary: Iran’s massive missile attack on Israel did little damage which was unsurprising given the advance warning Tehran provided; all sides can claim a measure of victory. But as the Gaza war edges ever closer to a regional conflict the question is what comes next ?

President of the Southern Transitional Council, Vice President of the Presidential Leadeship Council, Aidros Al Zubidi and PLC President PresidentRashad meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Blinken, September 18, 2023

Yemen’s IRG: a portrait in failure

Summary: Yemen’s Internationally Recognised Government is supported by a powerful international coalition, so why hasn’t it defeated the Huthis?

The lives of +2 million people have been devastated in Gaza and the catastrophic situation deteriorates by the minute [photo credit: UNRWA]

UNRWA on the brink

Summary: the UN agency dedicated to Palestinian refugees is on the brink of collapse, facing huge funding cuts and a dire situation amid the war in Gaza. But now more than ever, Europeans need to support its operations or risk an even more unstable situation.

UN experts say they have seen “credible allegations” that Palestinian women and girls have been subjected to sexual assaults, including rape, while in Israeli detention, and are calling for a full investigation [photo credit: IDF]

International Women’s Day: nothing to celebrate

Summary: women and their children in Gaza are paying a terrible price as Israel continues its genocidal campaign but where, a young Tunisian woman asks, are the voices of Western feminists in denouncing the Gaza war?

In a statement on Tuesday Huthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said the group had used drones to target a number of United States warships in the Red Sea and Arabian Sea as well as sites in the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat

Yemen feels the heat from Gaza

Summary: the war in Gaza is casting a long shadow in Yemen where urgently needed humanitarian aid is falling far short of requirements and efforts to achieve a peace deal are being stymied in part by the US designation of the Huthis as a terrorist group.

Qatar’s Prime Minister, speaking at the Munich Security Conference, called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, emphasising the humanitarian crisis in Rafah [photo credit: Qatar Gov]

Arab states and the Gaza war

Summary: questions are being asked about why the leaders of powerful Arab states have been reluctant to use their considerable diplomatic and economic clout to end the slaughter in Gaza and secure the rights of Palestinians to a free and independent country.

The Hamas response in full

Summary: Hamas provides a detailed response to the original Paris ceasefire proposal and offers a clear pathway to ending the war.

Thousands of people have demonstrated in Tel Aviv calling for the return of hostages held in Gaza and early elections to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [photo credit: X]

The world’s most dangerous man?

Summary: in stoutly backing Israel’s PM, the US and the UK are enabling a politician who in his bid for self-preservation is prepared to plunge the Middle East into a catastrophic regional war.

A rally in Sanaa in support of Hamas and in protest against recent US-UK air and missile strikes against the Huthis, Friday 12 January [photo credit: Ansar Allah]

The risk of Western escalation in the Red Sea

Summary: Arab Digest’s resident Yemen expert drills down on the latest escalation in the Gaza war, examining the implications for the region and the world of the ongoing Red Sea air strikes and counter-strikes between the US, joined by the UK, and the Huthis.

Bahrain oppositionist arrested

Summary: tweeting against the maritime force established by the US to protect Red Sea shipping from Huthi attacks has resulted in an arrest in Bahrain, a move that shows how nervous Gulf rulers are of popular support for Palestinians. The arrest of the Bahraini political activist Ebrahim Sharif on 20 December underlines the fear that

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