Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
Sudan – despite some continuing violence formal agreement reached between the military and protesters. Bashir on trial.
Consequences of President Essebsi’s death being well handled, but in a democracy anything can happen.
Gibraltar has accepted that the detained tanker carrying Iranian oil will not breach EU sanctions on Syria, and released her. But until she sails US attempts to detain her continue.
A stunt by a Bahraini protester against the recent executions raises important questions.
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 …
Like other religious minorities, Christians in the MENA region suffer from varying degrees of discrimination and persecution, from a variety of sources. HMG’s response.
Oman has a record as defuser of crises and as mediator. Currently claiming to defuse but not to mediate.
Bahrain – two Shia “terrorists” executed. Bahrain an international venue. Relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel.
More on the UAE drawdown from Yemen, and UAE objectives and policy.