Saudi Arabia – unrelenting international criticism even from those normally most friendly. Unconfirmed reports of goings-on in the family.
Eight years after the Arab Spring and overthrow of Mubarak human rights abuses in Egypt by most measures worse than before. Macron dares to criticise.
A number of instances showing respect by Muslims for other religions. A 21st-century development.
Jordan – continuing protests over austerity and corruption. Remains a significant regional player. MBS doesn’t come.
The Hedges case is symptomatic of the increasing risks of and restrictions on scholarly research in the Middle East.
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.