With another prime minister gone and Hezbollah blocking the effort to end sectarian government, the people of Lebanon continue to bear a terrible price for the failures of political leadership.
The alleged sexual assault of a British woman by a UAE government minister and ruling family member lays bare the reality behind the soft power politics of the Gulf state.
Qatari foreign affairs, once hugely ambitious and assertive, are today much more modest but proving very effective in blunting the blockade put on it by its Gulf neighbours.
Much has been made of Prince Bandar bin Sultan’s attack on the Palestinian leadership as evidence that the Saudis are moving to recognise Israel. It’s not quite that simple.
The Iran-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah has declared a truce in Iraq until after the US presidential election as long as the Americans agree to get all their soldiers out.
As Arab regimes move their money and families to the West they are securing growing political influence while spreading and normalising corrupt practices.
The vicious killing of a young Algerian woman sheds light on a disturbing picture of domestic violence, rape and murder about which authorities appear to be doing little or nothing.
A growing debt crisis imperils Oman’s vaunted ability to maintain neutrality in a tough neighbourhood.
The absolute control of media space in most Arab states effectively smothers freedom of expression and silences critics and opponents.
The United Arab Emirates has stepped on the accelerator in its charm and diplomatic offensive with Israel while Saudi Arabia remains stuck in second gear.