Stockholm partial ceasefire around Hudaida, talks under UN chairmanship, some aid getting through, prisoner exchange talks begin.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
Yemen peace talks begin, with release of prisoners as a confidence measure. Saudi Arabia on the back foot, the US administration obsessed with Iran, but Congress looking for a halt.
A number of instances showing respect by Muslims for other religions. A 21st-century development.
Jordan – continuing protests over austerity and corruption. Remains a significant regional player. MBS doesn’t come.
The Hedges case is symptomatic of the increasing risks of and restrictions on scholarly research in the Middle East.
Mawlid popular holiday, widely celebrated by both Sunnis and Shia but condemned by some including Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Prophet’s Birthday (al-Mawlid al-Nabawi, or simply Mawlid) is celebrated in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, by Sunnis usually on the 12th and by Shia on the 17th. There is some flexibility as the precise date is not recorded. This year 12 Rabi’ al-awwal coincides with 21 November, and in most Arab and Muslim states Mawlid will be today or tomorrow, though the celebrations begin the night before. In some countries …
Huge decline since 1990 in FGM in Africa where it is most prevalent. Information about the Middle East remains scanty.
UAE little exposed to criticism compared with Saudi Arabia, though their policies are close. Separatist South Yemen an exception.
Floods throughout the region this month causing death and destruction.