The seizure of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar highlights the fuel crisis in Syria and EU policy.
Qatar pursues an independent policy with discretion – Afghanistan and various Arab disputes.
BDS suffers a setback in Germany. Controversy as usual mainly in the Israeli media. Nothing new from the UN.
Arms sales to Saudi Arabia by US, UK and France criticised, but governments undeterred. Missiles/nuclear.
Sudan – 60 demonstrators killed, talks between the military and the protesters stalled.
Syria – IS eliminated as a territory. Regime still seeking full control, but (about) five other armies have their own agendas.
Yemen – Houthi withdrawal in Hudaida a small first step. The war goes on. Some unease among the arms suppliers.
Sudan – President Bashir arrested, military council takes over. Protests continue.
Saudi Arabia – the women activists and Khashoggi trials cast a long shadow.
Trump announces a U-turn on the Golan Heights. General condemnation. A boost for Netanyahu’s election prospects.