Saudi Arabia acts to deal with a crisis of expat labour left stranded by their employers. The wider GCC picture. India takes an interest.
No peace process. Violence lower, oppressive measures continue, hunger strikes. UK report on human rights.
President Bashir of Sudan in Rwanda for the OAU summit, continuing to defy the ICC travel ban. ICC not popular or effective in Africa.
Expat labour in Qatar and the other GCC. States. Qatar under the microscope. Human trafficking report by the US State Department puts pressure on Qatar, Saudi Arabia.
Human rights reforms in Bahrain painfully slow, reflecting tension between the ruling Sunni minority and the Shia population. Two hundred years of friendship with Britain.
US/Saudi relations under stress. The Iran factor. Congress and the US courts a wild card. Obama’s successor will face a tricky task.
Oman calm in a region in crisis. Suffering from the oil price, gaining from the end of Iran sanctions, serviceable ally of Washington, most lately over Guantánamo prisoners.
Limited improvements for expat labour in Qatar –Islamic voices call for decent treatment of foreigners
Another major terror trial in the UAE. Assessment rendered difficult by propaganda and counter-propaganda.