No candidate yet for the presidential elections in April. MBS adds Algeria to his tour. Human rights better than some.
Elections have been held in Bahrain since 2002 but have yet to have much meaning. Homage to MBS. Bahrain in Israel’s sights.
Trump declares the US a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia. Increased resistance from Congress. Wider still and wider.
US halts support for UNRWA. UNRWA and its activities. Likely political consequences.
Gaza – following some apparent easing, the most serious outbreak of violence since 2014. Ceasefire not secure. An incident at the UN.
Sudan – old genocide charge unresolved, but conflicts reduced and security improving. US warming up relations.
surviving the siege. Further slow reform. A useful mediator.
Egypt – more death sentences – action against Muslim Brotherhood – agreements with Russia, UK and EU.
Bahrain – elections to the lower house on 24 November – limited importance. Numerous arrests a cause for concern.
Egypt – 75 death sentences on protesters from 2013. Actions to limit freedom of expression. Why?