Arab Digest editor William Law’s guest this week is Lina Khatib, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the London-based think tank Chatham House. Their conversation focusses on the political and business elites that are plundering Lebanon. Ordinary people are suffering huge deprivation, with 80% of the population now below the poverty line, as the economic crisis caused by the insatiable greed of the elites grows ever deeper.
Summary: Kuwait’s anti-corruption drive has bagged some impressive trophies but questions swirl over special treatment and a lack of urgency as Kuwaitis call for accountability and a more robust campaign.
Summary: thousands of recently leaked documents cast new light on financial crimes in the UAE, the role played by senior royal family members, and the internal politics and rivalries President Sheikh Khalifa is unable to control.
Iraqis remain in the streets, calling for the removal of a political elite mired in corruption but the political structure enabling the elite remains entrenched.