The Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts on every country in the Arab world but policymaking in response to new fintech like blockchain and cryptocurrencies varies widely.
Tunisia divided on some issues relating to Islam. Open debate.
The hajj next week, with the Eid on 21 August. Health, innovation, politics, crime, devotion.
Arab states with Mediterranean coastlines have claimed various forms of jurisdiction over the sea lying off their coasts. On occasion, this has caused disputes between them and their neighbours. Some of these disputes have been resolved through the ICJ; others have yet to be resolved and are complicated by existing political conflicts.
For Arab states, controlling their borders is often a challenging business. Cross-border cooperation and physical measures, aided by the latest technology, may help. Beggar-my-neighbour policies certainly won’t.
The Eid holiday likely to begin on 15 June and lasts several days. A happy religious and secular occasion with a mix of traditional and modern.
Municipal elections in Tunisia produce a balanced result, but with a low turnout. Islamists and nationalists may continue to cooperate.
Despite some decline in its relative contribution to Arab economies, agriculture remains important in both economic and social terms. Improved management, less bureaucracy and better access to markets could make it more so.
The Madkhali movement, “quietist salafist” – its Saudi origin, its doctrines, its influence especially in North Africa.
Behind Tunisia’s economic problems is the failure of the President and the political elite to use their constitutional powers for a national effort to rebuild the economy.