Some quarter of a million Bidoons (residents without citizenship) in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE face discrimination. Moves for reform in Kuwait. Some given fictional Comorian nationality.
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.
The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.
Saudi Arabia – the women activists and Khashoggi trials cast a long shadow.
Annual Arab League summit the usual muddle, given some purpose by the need to badmouth US policy.
Saudi Arabia shoots itself in the foot, bringing 10 women to trial for promoting lifting the ban on women driving.
Saudi Arabia – unrelenting international criticism even from those normally most friendly. Unconfirmed reports of goings-on in the family.
Syria- IS fighting in the last ditch, outside powers manoeuvring for advantage.