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This is simply me reading stuff. "Stuff" being poems and literature and essays and letters. And I'm also talking and praising and laughing and almost crying and hating and living and dying and loving and some other stuff. I try to keep this under 10 minutes because I have a deep fear of boring people.
 
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Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Dr Elisabeth Kendall, Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Oxford University's Pembroke College. Though drone strikes have seen AQAP severely degraded, the ongoing war and the Taliban victory in Afghanistan reinforce the lethal threat jihadist terrorism continues to pose to the …
 
"The books I'm writing are houses that I build for myself." - Etel Adnan "The books I'm reading about demons are making me nervous." - (Catholic) Me LINKS: Buy The 2 volume Etel Adnan reader here: https://nightboat.org/book/to-look-at-the-sea-is-to-become-what-one-is/ Support me and my shop here: https://www.robynoneil.com/shop Check out the show I…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law is joined by Dr Andreas Krieg, lecturer at the School of Security Studies, King's College London. On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 attack they examine what the West's 'war on terror' has really achieved in MENA: a reinforcement of authoritarian regimes, the fueling of brutal insurgencies, the silenc…
 
“Without devotion any life becomes a stranger's story...told for the body to forget what it once loved.” - Marie Howe “Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love… Life always says Yes and No simultaneously. Death (I implore you to believe) is the true…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law launches the third season of the podcast with Sami Hamdi, editor in chief of The International Interest. In the wake of the Taliban rout of the US and its coalition allies we consider gains and losses, whether or not the Taliban victory will spark intensified jihadist insurgencies and who will ultimately determine the…
 
"I am raising a fly with wings of gold" - Songs from the Quechua "I want to be on The Young and the Restless." - Me LINKS: Buy "Looking for Poetry, Translations by Mark Strand: here: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780375709883?aff=penguinrandom Check out my website here: www.robynoneil.com Shop my shop here: www.robynoneil.com/shop Me on Instagra…
 
"Garbage collectors pick up 6,424 pounds of your trash a year." - Spike Carlsen "Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain." - Robert Gary Lee LINKS: Buy Spike Carlsen's "A Walk Around the Block" here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/a-walk-around-the-block-spike-carlsen?variant=33021712793634 Check out Reader's Digest here: https://www.rd.com…
 
Recommendation Corner: rest, relaxation, television, couch time, fun foods, salads, the right amount of water, markers, stamp collecting, sticker collecting, sleep schedule, walking, isolating. Not Recommended: overuse of smartphone, beating yourself up, expecting, ignoring your body, snapping, irregular bathing, forgetting to eat, isolating. LINKS…
 
"I've been stuck with a smelly, actively decaying body that I never asked for and am constantly on the receiving end of confusing, overwhelming messages for how to properly care for and feed it." - Samantha Irby "What she said." - Me LINKS: Buy Samantha Irby's books here: https://www.booksoup.com/search/site/samantha%20irby Check out my website her…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Annelle Sheline, a Research Fellow in the Middle East program at the Quincy Institute in Washington DC. The podcast focusses on the marketing of 'moderate Islam' as a propaganda weapon designed to convince the West and most importantly America that the authoritarian regimes that espouse it are bas…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with the North Africa expert Francis Ghilès, an associate senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). Their economies, their governments, the repression of critics and journalists, relations with France and the Western Sahara affair all feature in a wide-ranging over…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law is in conversation with Jon Alterman, a senior vice president at Washington's Center for Strategic and International Studies. The focus is on President Biden and his administration's Middle East efforts. He inherited several challenges from the chaotic Trump years, not least to repair America's diplomatic standing in …
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Jim Krane, an energy research analyst at Rice University's Baker Institute in Houston.The podcast focusses on the Gulf's national oil companies and the challenges they and the MENA region share with the rest of the world as climate change ramps temperatures up. In the Middle East, unless temperatu…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law speaks with Chatham House's Renad Mansour, a MENA Senior Research Fellow and Project Director of the Iraq Initiative. In the week that saw the death of Donald Rumsfeld, a key architect of the 2003 war, their conversation focusses on a governance structure built by the US but enabled and empowered by Iran. It is Rumsfe…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Helen Lackner. Her book "Yemen in Crisis: the Road to War", published by Verso in 2019, is a seminal study of the current war and what lies behind it. Today's podcast looks at the ongoing battle for Ma'rib, the failed efforts of the UN special envoy and the fragile hope that Oman's recent interven…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law's guest is Ali Bakir, a research assistant professor at Ibn Khaldun Center for Humanities and Social Sciences in Doha. His analysis focuses on Turkish relations with the MENA region. Today's podcast explores the warming relationship between Turkey and Egypt and how it is impacting on the regional power balance as Cair…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law is joined by the author and academic Christopher Davidson. He's written several books on the Gulf, the latest, just published by Hurst, is titled From Sheikhs to Sultanism. Their conversation is about two crown princes and their transformation into regional power players. Mohammed bin Salman enjoys playing on the worl…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Samuel Ramani, a geopolitical analyst and non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum. Their conversation explores the extraordinary gains Russia has made in positioning itself as a player of consequence in the Middle East. Showing a deft hand and adroit manouevring Vladimir Putin, in a few sh…
 
Shade I've Dealt With Today: Shade inside my trash can full of dark chocolate wrappers, shade in my new lip balm box, on whale skin scars, shade inside my own stomach, shade in between my lips and those blankets, fuzzy shade forcing its way out from under my dying dill plant, shade under my mouth on the phone, shade under a printout I made of Louis…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with the European Council on Foreign Relations' Aslı Aydıntaşbaş and Cinzia Bianco. As Turkey's president and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi vie to grasp the mantle of regional leadership, the Biden administration has caused them to place a temporary pause on their competition for ascendancy. Meanwhile,…
 
William Law, Arab Digest editor is in conversation with Tarek Megerisi, a policy fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations. Libya has a new government and a new prime minister but has the situation there improved as dramatically as some would like to think? Tarek takes a long hard look at the new regime and sees old patterns, old faces …
 
"Hubbard explained to his agent that he ultimately decided to withdraw the book from publication because the first six people who read it were so shattered by the revelations that they had lost their minds. The last time he showed Excalibur to a publisher, he said, the reader brought the manuscript into the room, set it on the publisher's desk, the…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with the Syrian Kurdish journalist Sirwan Kajjo. In northeast Syria,in the midst of civil war, the SDF has carved out an autonomous region and the Kurdish Region of Iraq has long asserted its autonomy from Baghdad but Kurds in both countries face significant challenges and the dream of a Kurdish homela…
 
Qatar and Saudi Arabia: on the road to reconciliationArab Digest Editor William Law in conversation with Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a Middle East fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and author of ‘Qatar and the Gulf Feud’. Since the Al Ula accord in January that ended the feud the mood music between the Qataris and the Sau…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Lina Khatib, director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at London's Chatham House.Their subject is the brutal and complex war in Syria, as they explore how the conflict could come to an end. Questions abound, among them the extent to which America will re-engage and how much compromise…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law's podcast guest is Caroline Rose, Senior Analyst and programme head in the Human Security Unit at the Newlines Institute. Caroline recently authored a report for the institute titled In the wake of drawdown: addressing blindspots in Iraq. Their conversation looks at the blindspots and the blunders, the road travelled …
 
Arab Digest Editor William Law in conversation with Sanam Vakil deputy director of the MENA Programme at London's Chatham House. Sanam’s research focuses on Gulf geopolitics, security issues and future trends in Iran’s domestic and foreign policy. AD got an early look at a paper she and her Chatham House colleague Neil Quilliam are publishing in mi…
 
"My head is as big as the world. A river of the color red and real shiny." - Arnaldo Gomez "I bought myself a glazed donut." - Me LINKS: Buy "Wishes, Lies, and Dreams" here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/wishes-lies-and-dreams-kenneth-kochron-padgett?variant=32131028549666 Email me your Swan of Bees poem here: mereadingstuff@icloud.com Me …
 
William Law, the Arab Digest editor is in conversation with Sami Hamdi, editor in chief of The International Interest. And their conversation is all about Sami's tweets. He is an incisive MENA twitterati with thoughts and opinions that are sometimes controversial but never dull. So rather than limiting @SALHACHIMI to 280 characters AD decided to le…
 
"Who's with me sitting alone at a moonlit window? ... Just this amazing thing, all grief and worry, that I am. My very own grief and worry: amazing!" -Li Ch'ing-chao LINKS: Buy Classical Chinese Poetry here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374531904 Check out my shop and use "SPRING" in the BOOKS section for 25% off: https://www.robynoneil.com/s…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law talks with Giorgio Cafiero. Giorgio is the founder and CEO of Gulf State Analytics, based in Washington. Their conversation focusses on how internal and external pressures are shaping the Gulf states and driving forward fresh regional initiatives that signal the era of America as the Gulf's big brother is well and tru…
 
"It is certainly true that the larger and older the living thing is, the harder it is to know how to care for it." - Lydia Davis "A sure sign that someone's about to have a full mental breakdown is when they start obsessively juicing." - Me LINKS: Buy "The Collected Stories" by Lydia Davis here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780312655396 Shop my …
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Samuel Ramani, a non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum and a doctoral candidate in International Relations at the University of Oxford. Their conversation focusses on the United Arab Emirates and the challenges the country's rulers face as Joe Biden settles into the White House with new …
 
"Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them. Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket." - Charles Simic "I like watching people listen." - Me LINKS: Buy Charles Simic's "The Horse Has Six Le…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Jon B Alterman director of the Middle East Program and senior vice president of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. With Joe Biden in the White House American diplomacy is back in fashion but is diplomacy enough to solve the MENA region's myriad challenges?…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law, in conversation with Francis Ghilès, an associate senior researcher at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). A former North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times, he is a specialist on security, energy, and political trends in North Africa and the Western Mediterranean. Francis Ghilès argues …
 
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Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Helen Lackner, one of the world's foremost experts on Yemen and a conflict now entering its seventh year. Their talk ranges from the abandoned oil tanker that threatens an environmental disaster to outside forces and leaders of the Yemeni factions who profit from a war that leaves the people desti…
 
"Happiness is a strange notion. I am just not made for it. It has never been a goal of mine; I do not think in those terms." - Werner Herzog LINKS: Buy The School of Life Dictionary: https://www.theschooloflife.com/shop/us/tsol-dictionary/ My shop: https://www.robynoneil.com/shop Me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/robyn_oneil/?hl=en Handwri…
 
"Form your letters slowly and well: making things well is more important than making them." - Antonio Machado "Brie is a 90's cheese. I'm going to go buy some right now." - Me LINKS: Buy The Winged Energy of Delight by Robert Bly here: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-winged-energy-of-delight-robert-bly?variant=32130617704482 Check out De…
 
Arab Digest editor William Law in conversation with Lina al-Hathloul, the sister of the jailed Saudi womens' rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul (https://www.loujainalhathloul.org/.) Loujain was detained and tortured in a secret prison and in December of last year given a six year prison sentence. Her sister tells Loujain's story and the family's f…
 
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William Law, editor of the Arab Digest, in conversation with Michael Stephens, a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and co-author of ‘What next for Britain in the Middle East?’ just published by I.B. Tauris. The Gulf feud that pitted the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar has ended but the wounds remain and polic…
 
"Light is therefore color, and shadow the privation of it." - J.M.W. Turner, 1818 "Have you ever had a black eye? Have you ever had pink eye?" - Me, 2021 LINKS: Sign up for my "World-Making" workshop! https://www.toledomuseum.org/education/classes Check out my Shop! https://www.robynoneil.com/shop My show in Toledo: https://www.toledomuseum.org/art…
 
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