Summary: a new report on organised crime around the world indicates Arab countries are amongst the world’s biggest offenders, with states in conflict or post-conflict at the bottom of the list.
Sudan – President Bashir arrested, military council takes over. Protests continue.
Sudan, economically weak, seeks to improve relations with its neighbours and with the US. A long way to go.
Captagon “the jihadist’s drug” widely used in the Middle East, but reports that it turns jihadists into superfighters are exaggerated.
President Bashir of Sudan in Rwanda for the OAU summit, continuing to defy the ICC travel ban. ICC not popular or effective in Africa.
Unexpected moves apparently triggered by the need to adjust oil transit fees to normalise Sudan/South Sudan relations. Separately fighting continues in both.
Migration – Europe at a loss, Turkey and the Arab have-nots carry the Syria burden, where are the haves?
Two years after independence South Sudan broke apart, and since December 2013 it has faced the horrors of civil war.
Elections in Sudan Summary: President Bashir, in power for twenty-five years, will be re-elected. Sudan weakened by the separation of South Sudan in 2011, but untouched by reform. ICC indictment over Darfur ineffective.
Redrawing the map Summary: lines on the map do not last for ever. Borders in the Arab region do not reflect the choices or feelings of the population. Will that change?