Mayoral elections do not go Erdoğan’s way, his first experience of the tendency of the democratic pendulum to swing. A test for Turkish democracy.
Haftar’s forces face resistance around Tripoli. International condemnation but some external support for Haftar continues.
Haftar moves against Tripoli.
Libya – Haftar strengthens his position, especially in the south, but faces opposition of uncertain strength. UN continues to work for elections.
sectarianism is a symptom of the problem, not the underlying problem itself. Many of the region’s conflicts are more about ethnic identity and nationalism, but Arab dictators use sectarianism to bolster their positions.
Dams and pipelines have been among the largest infrastructure projects in the Arab world. Some have been successful, some less so.
Stagnation in Libya but action by Haftar in the south may bring on a crisis. Paris and Rome at odds.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
Tunisia – continuing corruption, weariness and despair among the young. Only the central bank under Marouane El Abassi tackling Tunisia’s internal and external economic problems.
Mawlid popular holiday, widely celebrated by both Sunnis and Shia but condemned by some including Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Prophet’s Birthday (al-Mawlid al-Nabawi, or simply Mawlid) is celebrated in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, by Sunnis usually on the 12th and by Shia on the 17th. There is some flexibility as the precise date is not recorded. This year 12 Rabi’ al-awwal coincides with 21 November, and in most Arab and Muslim states Mawlid will be today or tomorrow, though the celebrations begin the night before. In some countries …