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Tunisia coup

Tunisia: a referendum and a generation gap

Summary:  today’s referendum vote appears destined to cement Kais Saied’s grip on power but as the country veers back toward dictatorship young Tunisians refuse to abandon the dreams and promise of the 2011 revolution.

Aden protests

The cost of living crisis, Yemen style

Summary: the truce has stopped the fighting but the situation for the vast majority of Yemenis after more than seven years of war continues to worsen.

Summer 2022 Arab Digest book list

Arab Digest 2022 summer read (part 2)

Today we are pleased to bring you part 2 of our Arab Digest summer reading list, with all the books written by our newsletter and podcast contributors. From deep dive geopolitical analyses, to personal essays and reflections, from fiction to a delightful children’s book, it is a MENA festival of good reads. Enjoy!

Summer 2022 Arab Digest book list

Arab Digest 2022 summer read

Arab Digest is pleased to bring you our summer reading list, with all the books written by our newsletter and podcast contributors. From deep dive geopolitical analyses, to personal essays and reflections, from fiction to a delightful children’s book, it is a MENA festival of good reads.  Today we feature seven books and tomorrow we will feature seven more. Enjoy!

Mohammed El Kurd

Sheikh Jarrah and the Goethe Institute

Summary: the Goethe Institute’s decision to remove the young Sheikh Jarrah poet of resistance Mohammed el-Kurd from a panel discussion raises further questions about free speech and the ways it is silenced.

Ukraine and the ongoing food crisis in Yemen

Summary: while the Yemen truce has largely held and there is hope it will be renewed, the war in Ukraine has exacerbated food insecurity with prices soaring for wheat and other commodities even as ordinary Yemenis, hit hard by rampant inflation, are already lacking the money to buy food.

Kwasi Kwarteng Saudis

UK-Saudi relations: the warming trend continues

Summary: following the prime minister’s meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh in March, a Saudi Shura Council delegation visits Westminster and meets with the business minister Kwasi Kwarteng to the horror of the Saudi opposition.

The murder of a journalist

Summary: the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh cannot be left to the Israeli authorities to investigate.  Only an independent body can establish the truth of her death.

Algeria gas europe

Can Algeria raise its gas game with Europe?

Summary: the war in Ukraine presents Algeria with a unique opportunity to exploit its gas reserves as Europe scrambles to ease its dependency on Russian hydrocarbons.

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