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.
The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.
EU/Arab summit large and unwieldy, at best a useful opportunity for top level networking. #url#
Sudan – mainly non-violent protests continue almost daily. Government hot and cold. Major peace agreement for CAR initialled in Khartoum.
Lebanon – still no government. Protests grow at failure of the political class. Competing Qatari and Saudi offers of financial support do not solve the problem.
No resolution of the Qatar vs. four dispute – propaganda continues. Qatar surviving well. US talks up the need for unity. Active foreign policy continues.
Sudan – three weeks of protests more widespread and numerous than previously. Teargas and live ammunition cause some casualties but protests continue.
GCC summit in Riyadh solves no problems but keeps the show on the road. MBS turns up at last.
Trump declares the US a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia. Increased resistance from Congress. Wider still and wider.
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 …