Gibraltar has accepted that the detained tanker carrying Iranian oil will not breach EU sanctions on Syria, and released her. But until she sails US attempts to detain her continue.
Like other religious minorities, Christians in the MENA region suffer from varying degrees of discrimination and persecution, from a variety of sources. HMG’s response.
Syria – inconclusive fighting in Idlib province and elsewhere. Peace talks not dead.
Palestinian water resources are already under strain. Population growth and climate change will make things more difficult.
The seizure of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar highlights the fuel crisis in Syria and EU policy.
Syria – fighting continues, mainly in and around Idlib between the Syrian army and jihadis. International complications.
Since the beginning of the year, the development of relations between Iraq and Turkey has gained real momentum. The focus is on trade, water and the reconstruction of Iraq.
Festival marking end of Ramadan probably 5 June. Long holidays, traditional family celebrations, a travel boom. Clash with the cricket World Cup. Multiple wars continue.
Syria – IS eliminated as a territory. Regime still seeking full control, but (about) five other armies have their own agendas.
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.