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Find out what gets our members talking. Click on the links below to read recent articles which have sparked discussion.

Palestine funeral

Truss and Jerusalem

Summary: the prime minister has told her Israeli counterpart that she is reviewing the UK’s position on moving the embassy to Jerusalem, an action in contravention of international law and UN resolutions and one that would upend decades of British policy.

Yemen IDPs

IDPs in Yemen: an untold story

Summary: the war and the humanitarian disaster it has caused have received intermittent coverage but the story of Yemen’s 4.3 million IDPs has been virtually ignored.

Turki bin Salman – MbS’s Money Man

Summary: Turki bin Salman is the quiet money man, the consigliere, in the family business of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and his star is rising as the already immense fortune of Salman’s immediate family continues to grow and grow.

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.

Martinez Abu Dhabi

Artwash: the Louvre Abu Dhabi 

Summary: an international investigation into an art trafficking ring has entangled several leading museums including the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Sisi ringmaster1

Sisi’s house of cards

Summary: the Egyptian president has built a debt-fuelled economic house of cards that Maged Mandour argues is dangerously close to tumbling down.

The Hajj 1443 AH (2022 AD)1

The Hajj 1443 AH (2022 AD)

Summary: the Hajj, supposedly the journey of a lifetime, is proving once again to be unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.

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!

Turki bin Salman

King Salman, his sons and Airbus

Summary: a historic bribery case involving Saudi Arabia and an Airbus subsidiary comes before a UK court threatening a much more recent Airbus deal masterminded by MbS.

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.

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