Palestinians, whether official or business, will not attend the Bahrain workshop. Seven Arab states will nevertheless take part; so will some international organisations. The event will not be a resounding success but an embarrassing flop may have been narrowly avoided.
Three summits, three talking shops. Boilerplate on Palestine. Hard line on Iran rejected by Iraq and Qatar
Qatar vs. the 4 – petty squabbling continues. Hints of an olive branch, but no solution in sight.
Morocco – leaders of the 2018 protests in the Rif jailed. Teachers’ protest peters out. Morocco is not Algeria.
Pointless military exchanges between Gaza and Israel – “willing to wound and yet afraid to strike”.
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.