Bahrain dependent on Saudi Arabia and UAE support. Human rights – mixed picture. Trial balloon on Israel.
Yemen – coalition offensive at Hodeida not advancing. Political objectives not clear, Saudi/UAE differences. UN peace plan disrupted.
Following a period of stagnation, in which neither or none of the would-be governments in Libya appeared to have the advantage, Libya is now facing a crisis.
Tunisia cooperating with the IMF, rewarded with a World Bank loan. Political infighting, drawn into the Qatar vs. four dispute.
Two full weeks into the attack, the more pessimistic scenarios are looking increasingly likely; President Hadi’s relations with the UAE improve after a meeting with MBZ; other important developments go unnoticed.
– historical background – small scale but some abuses. Crackdown on Islamism, freedom of expression curtailed.
Turkey moves to presidential system. Odds on AKP victory, but opposition in with a chance. Importance for the Arab world.
Rare appearance in public of UAE President Khalifa bin Zayid. Family history, jobs for the boys.
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.
Qatar vs. the four: no sign of compromise. The dispute static but not safe, and causing harm. The four have won no friends.