UAE – election for the Federal National Council. One candidate prominently promoting polygamy as a cure for spinsterhood.
Haftar’s military operation to take Tripoli seems to have failed. His foreign supporters. Need for an international conference and a political solution.
The Qatar vs. four dispute drags on. Labour reform. A dress rehearsal for the 2012 World Cup.
Saudi Arabia – an alleged defeat in Yemen, a murder close to the King, a fire, and a speech by MBS.
The practical and political consequences of the Abqaiq raid still not worked out. Iran blamed.
Discussion of BDS in Congress stalled. Some action in England. For Germany BDS is anti-Semitic.
An agreement with Israel on revenue transfers brings some relief to the PA’s beleaguered finances. But “disengagement from the … occupation” will be very hard to achieve.
Following elections likely Israeli government move towards annexation. Time to recognise Palestine.
Small numbers in Cairo and elsewhere protest against Sisi and corruption. Active social media background.
Gaza – an escalation of violence in the last fortnight may have been contained, for now. A new Israeli government could make things worse rather than better. Qatari envoy explains why living conditions are not likely to improve.