A stunt by a Bahraini protester against the recent executions raises important questions.
Editor’s note: Arab Digest is taking a couple of weeks’ summer break. We will resume publication after the Eid al-Adha holiday, probably 15 August.further work on the 17 July agreement delayed by killings including four schoolchildren – now resuming. Since agreement was reached on 17 July between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the civilian protesters represented by the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) (our posting of 18 July) it has been shaken by events but not, it appears, knocked off course. A Reuters report of 30 July summarises …
More on the UAE drawdown from Yemen, and UAE objectives and policy.
Libya – deaths since April pass 1,000. France admits involvement with Haftar’s forces.
Importance of poetry in the Arab world, including the poetry of abuse. Social media and hate speech.
Libya – stalemate, but a success by the Tripoli forces provokes action by Haftar which could amount to a war crime. More evidence that the UAE and Turkey are involved in a proxy war. US no policy.
Tunisia – President Essebsi survives a health crisis. Jihadi attacks. Economic problems breed discontent.
Festival marking end of Ramadan probably 5 June. Long holidays, traditional family celebrations, a travel boom. Clash with the cricket World Cup. Multiple wars continue.
Qatar vs. the 4 – petty squabbling continues. Hints of an olive branch, but no solution in sight.
Libya – descent into civil war. Oil revenue and drinking water supplies under threat.