As Iraq’s political elite strives to hang onto power, protesters in the streets are demanding sweeping change and are prepared to face death to achieve it.
As authorities struggle to contain protest in countries across MENA, demonstrators are showing that they have learned from the failures of the Arab Spring
Some Arab regimes have continued to develop their relations with Israel despite the latter’s conduct towards the Palestinians. But there’s a limit to how far they will go.
Widespread spontaneous protests in Iraq, over a hundred killed. Scandal of “pleasure marriages”.
Houthis claim the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Pompeo blames Iran, Trump hesitant. A major blow.
Unusual Israeli attacks on both Lebanon and Iraq – a mixed reaction from the US.
Erdoğan/Putin rapprochement – Turkey slipping away from the West, but in Syria losing ground to Asad backed by Moscow.
Kuwaiti Amir taken ill, no details. Kuwait keeping out of regional disputes.
Competing ideas for increased security in the Gulf “tinderbox”. UK under Johnson backs the US. Legal considerations.
Like other religious minorities, Christians in the MENA region suffer from varying degrees of discrimination and persecution, from a variety of sources. HMG’s response.