Sudan – shaky progress

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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 – talk peace, make war

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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 …