Western Sara – UN succeeds in bringing all the stakeholders in this ancient problem together. Algeria and Morocco bad neighbours. Talks to resume in 2019.
A number of instances showing respect by Muslims for other religions. A 21st-century development.
MBS visited six Arab states before and after the G20. Proof of confidence he is under no threat at home. Governments toe the line of friendship, with some rewards. Problems in the Maghreb.
No candidate yet for the presidential elections in April. MBS adds Algeria to his tour. Human rights better than some.
Mawlid popular holiday, widely celebrated by both Sunnis and Shia but condemned by some including Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Prophet’s Birthday (al-Mawlid al-Nabawi, or simply Mawlid) is celebrated in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, by Sunnis usually on the 12th and by Shia on the 17th. There is some flexibility as the precise date is not recorded. This year 12 Rabi’ al-awwal coincides with 21 November, and in most Arab and Muslim states Mawlid will be today or tomorrow, though the celebrations begin the night before. In some countries …
Outbreak of cholera in Algeria. Cause may be corrupt evasion of regulations against irrigation of crops with human waste.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts on every country in the Arab world but policymaking in response to new fintech like blockchain and cryptocurrencies varies widely.
Algerian recognition of the Berber New Year as a national holiday the culmination of a difficult history, symbolising the possibility of national reconciliation and unity.
Tunisia divided on some issues relating to Islam. Open debate.
For Arab states, controlling their borders is often a challenging business. Cross-border cooperation and physical measures, aided by the latest technology, may help. Beggar-my-neighbour policies certainly won’t.