Saudi Arabia has worked hard to sell an image to the West that it is supportive of women’s rights but the detention, torture and trial of activists and efforts to manipulate UN Women tell another story.
In the dying days of the Trump White House, another Arab state recognises Israel in a win for the president that will have consequences his successor will have to deal with.
A bipartisan move by members of the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to quash the sale of sophisticated military hardware to the UAE is gathering pace in the dying days of the Trump presidency.
Sparks fly in the Bahraini capital as a senior Saudi royal drops the gloves and takes dead aim at Israel and its treatment of Palestinians.
The purchase of a gaming company by MiSK looks a shrewd investment but one that opens up many questions about MbS’ charitable foundation.
Despite urgent need and a looming famine, key funders have cut aid pledges and funding to Yemen dramatically.
Last week’s assassination of a leading Iranian nuclear scientist ratchets up tensions as an anxious Middle East waits to see how the Iranians will respond and whether Donald Trump will deliver a parting shot before he finally exits.
Arab Digest · The Disconnect: MENA regimes versus the people they rule over
On 5 December 2019, Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering on the Saudi stock exchange Tadawul immediately made it the world’s largest publicly traded company but the IPO has come with a cost that is still to be reckoned with.
The move by the UAE and Jordan to recognise diplomatically Morocco’s control of Western Sahara has the potential to ignite further conflict in North Africa.