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Arab Dispatch

Since 2019,
the #ArabDispatch is a weekly publication aimed at keeping the audience updated
about significant events in the Arab world through Arab eyes.

Among the sources: Arab media and institutes or specialised international think-tanks.

Every issue features three brief summaries of particularly relevant events in

North Africa, Levant, and the Gulf.

The closing section #ArabInsight provides a discerning commentary on Arab media contents.

May 2021

6th/20th
While the Egypt-Turkey normalisation might lead to a lasting stability in Libya the fighting in Gaza deepens Israel’s internal divisions. Meanwhile MBS reaffirms his diplomatic ties with Pakistan and Lebanon, facing a severe economic crisis, risk a “total darkness”.
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April 2021

1st/8th
While the GNU struggles to integrate militias in a unified national army the Jordan monarchy is shaken by an alleged coup. In Yemen MBS’ new peace plan to finally exit the conflict fails and in Egypt a former minister of culture calls to change Cairo’s Ottoman-era names.
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8th/15th
Sudan and Egypt carry out Joint military exercises to warn Ethiopia. While Lebanese minister expands claims over its maritime border with Israel, Iran accuses Israel of nuclear terrorism attack. UAE commemorates its first ever Yom HaShoah.
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22nd/6th (May)
Benghazi’s persisting divide undermines Libya’s GNU. While Syrian missiles reveals Israel’s fragility, Saudi Arabia and Iran move towards a new dialogue-oriented approach. The Egyptian Ramadan action-drama sparks controversy on the media.
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25th (Feb)/4th
Ennahda’s supporters pour into the streets of Tunis along with Lebanese rallying to back church leader’s neutrality call. Qatar’s attempt to regain a role in the region followed by the theological debate over female imams.
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4th/11th
The Libyan Parliament approves the interim government along to Jordanian King’s calls for political reforms. Qatar’s ambiguous attempt to restore diplomatic ties with Yemen while the entire world assists to Pope’s Francis unprecedent visit to Iraq.
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11th/18th
Egypt and Turkey might resume diplomatic ties while Netanyahu’s visit to the UAE got cancelled due to a dispute with the Jordanian King. Escalating Houthis’ attacks on Saudi Arabia unsettle the oil market along with the controversary topic of women’s empowerment in the Gulf.
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25th/1st (April)
Egypt faces two major disasters and Israeli elections’ results threaten Palestinians’ political reality. In the Gulf, while MBS launches the Saudi and Middle East Green Initiative, the first diplomatic crisis since the Abraham accords erupts between the UAE and Israel.
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March 2021

February 2021

28th (Jan)/4th
The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum nominates a transitional government. The US restores diplomatic ties with Palestine while Italy, following Biden’s decision, halts arms sales to Saudi Arabia. A new citizenship policy in UAE ignites controversy on social media.
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4th/11th
GERD negotiations remain stalled. The murder of a prominent Lebanese Shiite opposition thinker shakes theLevant , while in the Gulf the US administration ends its support to the Saudi-led coalition and the UAE celebrates Amal mission to Mars.
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11th/18th
The newly formed Interim Government sparks hopes for Libyans. While Jordan focuses on economic cooperation in the region, Bahrein witnesses a difficult financial recovery followed by the evolution of the Takfir ideology from early Islam to Daesh.
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18th/25th
A disappointing Government’s reshuffle sparks anger among Algerians along with a bizarre prisoner swap between Israel and Syria. While Turkey takes advantage of GCC’s reconciliation, Biden bypasses MBS.
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January 2021

1st / 7th
MENA economic stagnation: labor strikes in Tunisia along with Lebanon’s financial collapse. While Houthis’ attacks undermine the Yemeni government, Arab media celebrate the end of the GGC blockade against Qatar.
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7th/14th
New horizons with the British-Moroccan Gibraltar tunnel and a less promising vaccination campaign in Palestine. Yemen’s perspectives after the GCC reconciliation along with the anniversary of Gen. Soleimani’s death.
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14th/21st
Massive unrests in Tunisia. The US moves Israel under the CENTCOM while designates UAE and Bahrain as major security partners. Arab media unveil their scepticism over Biden’s presidential election victory.
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21st/28th
Al-Sarraj creates a new security body to ensure his position in Libya. Prisoners exchange in Jordan between Yemen’s warring sides while suicide bombings claimed by ISIS spark fears in Iraq. Vaccine race in the MENA explained by Arab media.
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