Saudi Arabia – an alleged defeat in Yemen, a murder close to the King, a fire, and a speech by MBS.
Houthis claim the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Pompeo blames Iran, Trump hesitant. A major blow.
Experts disagree about when we will hit peak demand for oil but as technological change continues to accelerate potential investors in the Aramco IPO should weigh its timing very carefully.
Yemen – conflict between UAE-backed separatist STC in the south and Saudi-backed Hadi government – wider implications.
Yemen – Hudaida ceasefire holds. Human suffering. Separatists take Aden. Fighting continues on many fronts.
UAE rethinking policy, with drawdown in Yemen and jaw-jaw with Iran.
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 …
Yemen – some agreement at a UN meeting between the Saudi led coalition and the Houthis, the first for months. Dangers of a wider conflict.
Importance of poetry in the Arab world, including the poetry of abuse. Social media and hate speech.
Stockholm peace process for Hudaida continues, but so does escalation of the war with Houthi attacks on Saudi territory. Two more tankers hit. Since our posting of 13 May the war in Yemen has continued unabated, not only between the Houthis and the Saudi led coalition forces; Al Qaeda and IS remain active, though largely against each other. Pro-coalition statements routinely describe the Houthis as “Iran backed“, but independent commentators argue that while there is certainly Iranian involvement the Houthi/Iranian relationship is pragmatic and limited. The war has increased …