– 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.
Cancellation of a friendly with Argentina an own goal for Israel. Israel more and more concerned about BDS.
Israel’s borders with three of its five Arab neighbours remain to be agreed. In the case of the Palestinians, they might never be.
Messy developments following the May election. Alliance between Sadr and Amiri not the end of the story. US and Saudi influence down, Iranian up.
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.
Kuwait dependent on US protection. Could be in the Saudi firing line after Qatar? A row with Kushner over Palestine.
Qatar vs. the four: no sign of compromise. The dispute static but not safe, and causing harm. The four have won no friends.
The boundaries of Arab states, mainly drawn by colonial powers, have shown remarkable durability. In some instances, these boundaries have been challenged but such challenges have generally failed to change the map of the region.