The day-to-day business in most Arab embassies and consulates is PR , diplomacy and serving regime members but they are also busy with surveillance and, at times, engage in other far more sinister activities.
Libyan political activist Ashur Shamis writes that the renegade general Khalifa Haftar has no interest in peace and no strategy other than war as he bids to seize the country.
Syria – US permits and then opposes Turkish assault on the Kurdish north. Fears that IS may rise from the ashes.
Egypt – peaceful protest continued in the second week but has been crushed. Government concessions on austerity and restoring subsidies though limited will alarm foreign investors and the IMF. No effective external support for the protests.
The practical and political consequences of the Abqaiq raid still not worked out. Iran blamed.
Discussion of BDS in Congress stalled. Some action in England. For Germany BDS is anti-Semitic.
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.