Shocking accounts of the suffering of migrants in Libya, now even sold as slaves. Mafia links and a possible Maltese connection.
Qatari foreign policy has been incautious and provocative and Qatar is reaping what it sowed, although it can accurately describe its enemies as hypocrites. Hard to see anything but regime change satisfying Abu Dhabi, though Saudi Arabia would be content to compromise.
Presidential elections to take place early next year. Sisi to win by a landslide but has ruled out third term. No Islamists, but other candidates seek to use opportunity to highlight regime’s shortcomings.
Israel dominated by the left for nearly 40 years, and by the right since 2000. Avi Shlaim explains why.
Will the US Embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem or will Trump sign another waiver? Part of a wider deal?
Hariri still detained in Riyadh, next moves uncertain. Another own goal by Saudi Arabia following the dispute with Qatar.
BDS in low gear. UN prepares a black list, Israel another black list. BAE and activists in court over Saudi Arabia/Yemen.
Resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri less a Lebanese affair than part of the Saudi obsession with Iran (backed by Israel but not the US). Poor Lebanon will pay the price.
Yemen is facing a dire humanitarian crisis but with many armed groups profiting from the war there is still no end in sight.
Qatar at last appears committed to abolishing the kafala system. Cautious welcome from ITUC, ILO and Amnesty.