The use of sport to polish up tarnished reputations is, despite denials, flourishing in Israel.
Arab Digest · A tangled skein of relationships: Iran, Saudi Arabia and the UAE
The UAE is enabling Iran sanction breaking once again while moving to warmer relations with Teheran.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
Arab Digest · The Arab Spring is not a failure
With Lebanon staring into an economic abyss, the Americans and the Emiratis apply pressure and make demands that the Lebanese cannot possibly fulfil.
US views will influence what Netanyahu decides to do on 1 July. Those of other major international actors might do so too. But domestic political considerations may be even more important.
Egypt’s President Sisi is threatening military action in support of the warlord Khalifa Haftar as the Tripoli-based GNA seeks to take the key coastal city of Sirte.
Humanitarian aid to Yemen faces drastic cuts in a country stalked by war, famine and now Covid-19.
Arab Digest · The Influencers