Sudan – protests continue to grow. Economic grievances develop to “down, that’s it”. Change now or at elections in 2020?
Tunisia – a suicide recalls the spark of the Arab Spring. One day general strike, government caught in the austerity trap. Security improved and tourism up.
Stockholm partial ceasefire around Hudaida, talks under UN chairmanship, some aid getting through, prisoner exchange talks begin.
Two recent events highlight the continuing issue of land sales in East Jerusalem to Israeli settlers and Palestinian attempts to thwart them.
Saudi Eastern province – six killed in the latest clash with security forces in Qatif. A woman activist may face execution.
No resolution of the Qatar vs. four dispute – propaganda continues. Qatar surviving well. US talks up the need for unity. Active foreign policy continues.
Confusion about the future of US action in Syria as Trump’s announcement of withdrawal is seemingly undermined.
Sudan – three weeks of protests more widespread and numerous than previously. Teargas and live ammunition cause some casualties but protests continue.
HSBC disinvests in Elbit, Israel publishes a blacklist, Congress stalls on anti-BDS action.
President Abbas has dissolved the PLC, in which Hamas held the majority of the seats. His move has been rejected by Hamas. New elections could well be postponed indefinitely.