The Saudis and the Iranians, erstwhile enemies, now find themselves engaged in conversations aimed at de-escalating tensions with Iraq serving as the go-between.
Billions of dollars intended to repair and rebuild Iraq’s war-battered school system have disappeared into the pockets of corrupt politicians and business people, leaving a generation denied the education that is their right to have.
Airwars has tracked up to 23,000 civilian deaths from Russian military actions since 2015 – with Moscow yet to concede a single casualty.
A new report on organised crime around the world indicates Arab countries are amongst the world’s biggest offenders, with states in conflict or post-conflict at the bottom of the list.
After years of promising, and failing, to remove vicious antisemitism and other hateful material from school curriculum, the Saudis are finally scoring good grades ridding texts of intolerance, ignorance and prejudice.
Bahrain’s economy continues to face significant challenges; a Bahraini company takes a stake in Las Vegas real estate; and a bipartisan appeal from US senators urges the Secretary of State to call the regime to account for human rights abuses.
Institutionalised corruption and embedded power elites mean that Iraq’s upcoming election is largely meaningless to most Iraqis, many of whom will not bother to vote.
Few outside Afghanistan know the Taliban as well as Prince Turki Al Faisal and at his recent book launch he called for both caution in dealing with them and compassion for the Afghan people they once again rule over.
The murder of a female intelligence officer has brought fragile Somalia to the brink of state collapse.
While the Gulf states watch with nervous apprehension as President Biden tries to revive the nuclear deal, China is shattering the sanctions and giving Iran an economic lifeline that could wreck hopes for a renewed JCPOA.