Iraq: violent protests in Basra against government failure. Cabinet making drifts on. Iran/US.
Ethiopia’s dam project on the Blue Nile has run into trouble. This offers Egypt a breathing-space that it could exploit in more than one way.
Syrian government assault on Idlib province begins. Warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe and talk of a chemical attack which would provoke US retaliation.
, previously relatively calm, between militias nominally loyal to the Government of National Accord. The worst sort of family row, but with tanks.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution impacts on every country in the Arab world but policymaking in response to new fintech like blockchain and cryptocurrencies varies widely.
Cut in US aid to Palestinians following earlier cut in UNRWA funding seen as a plan to deny the Palestine problem.
Algerian recognition of the Berber New Year as a national holiday the culmination of a difficult history, symbolising the possibility of national reconciliation and unity.
As Prime Minister Imran Khan prioritises blasphemy in line with strong sentiment in Pakistan, and also with Saudi policy. He needs Saudi finance but is not personally close to the Saudis. Next problem: China and the Uighurs.
Repeated killing of civilians in Yemen by coalition airstrikes attracting criticism in Congress and elsewhere. Dangerous developments. UN talks to restart in Geneva.
Parliamentary elections on 1 September, presidentials next year. No change likely. Slavery still an issue. Offshore gas prospects. Security in the Sahel.