Huge decline since 1990 in FGM in Africa where it is most prevalent. Information about the Middle East remains scanty.
Parliamentary elections on 1 September, presidentials next year. No change likely. Slavery still an issue. Offshore gas prospects. Security in the Sahel.
moves against slavery; the Sahel; the Qatar vs. four dispute and a strange report from DC.
Despite some decline in its relative contribution to Arab economies, agriculture remains important in both economic and social terms. Improved management, less bureaucracy and better access to markets could make it more so.
Arab League summit due this month in Riyadh, postponed till next month. Is it on the way out?
Saudi and UAE money for Sahel force with troops from five sub-Saharan states backed by the UN with French leadership to fight jihadists in the Sahara.
Little sign of Qadhafi loyalism since 2011, but Libya may be reduced to clutching at straws. Where is the family now?
Worldwide campaign against Female Genital Mutilation. More information about FGM in the non-African Arab world as well as in Africa.
Morocco’s re-admission to the African Union (AU) 33 years since it withdrew in protest at the recognition of the SADR is the culmination of a major effort to build relationships across the continent. And it’s mainly about outflanking Algeria on the Western Sahara.
Moroccan elections next month – the Islamist-led coalition faces a serious challenge. King Muhammed denounces those who kill in the name of jihad, “lying to Allah and His Messenger”.