Weekly Digest


Bringing you a step closer to the various facets of the region

13-17 January 2020

17 Jan 2020

Some 200 mainly masked students gathered at Tehran University on Tuesday (14 January) to protest against the downing of a Ukrainian airliner and were locked in a tense standoff with youths from the Basij militia loyal to the establishment....

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6-10 January 2020

10 Jan 2020

General Qassem Soleimani’s funeral in Tehran on Tuesday (7 January) was described as the “largest in Iran” since the funeral of Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in 1989. Photo: Mehr news agency, shared...

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30 December 2019 – 3 January 2020

03 Jan 2020

On Wednesday (1 January), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (above) submitted an immunity request from prosecution in three graft cases to the Knesset. Photo: Kremlin.     To view the newsletter for this week, click here. Sign up through this link to join...

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16-20 December 2019

20 Dec 2019

US Army and Syrian Democratic Forces soldiers remove military fortifications as part of the implementation of security mechanisms along the Turkey–Syria border in August 2019, months before Turkey invaded northeast Syria. Photo: United States Central Command.   To view...

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9-13 December 2019

13 Dec 2019

Mr Benjamin Netanyahu (above) will remain prime minister while Israel heads to a third election, but he will relinquish his health, welfare, agriculture, and diaspora affairs ministerial portfolios. Photo: Russia Presidential Executive Office.   To view the newsletter for this week,...

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2-6 December 2019

06 Dec 2019

Saudi Aramco airplanes parked in the general aviation terminal, King Fahd International Airport. Photo: Hmn1988, shared on WikiMedia Commons.   To view the newsletter for this week, click here. Sign up through this link to join our mailing list.  

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25-29 November 2019

29 Nov 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (above) faces Likud leadership challenge from former interior and education minister, Mr Gideon Saar. Photo: US Department of State, shared on Flickr.   To view the newsletter for this week, click here. Sign up through this link to...

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18-22 November 2019

22 Nov 2019

An Israeli settlement near Jericho, West Bank. The United States’ latest announcement that Israeli settlements in West Bank are not in violation of international law reverses decades of US foreign policy and may undermine peace efforts and negotiations for...

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11-15 November 2019

15 Nov 2019

Israel described Abu al-Ata (above, circled in red), a senior commander in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as a “ticking bomb”. He was killed on Tuesday (12 November) in an Israeli airstrike. Photo: Israeli Foreign Ministry, shared on Twitter.  ...

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4-8 November 2019

08 Nov 2019

  Petrobras’ P-51 oil platform (pictured above) can produce up to 180,000 barrels of oil and 6 million cubic metres of gas per day. The flood of crude oil from non-traditional producers such as Brazil is expected to usher in an...

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