Assault on Hodeida

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Two full weeks into the attack, the more pessimistic scenarios are looking increasingly likely; President Hadi’s relations with the UAE improve after a meeting with MBZ; other important developments go unnoticed.

Saudi women driving

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– lifting the ban has gone smoothly, numbers small so far. Why was there a ban and why was it lifted so clumsily? Consequences including prospects for further reform.

UAE human rights

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– historical background – small scale but some abuses. Crackdown on Islamism, freedom of expression curtailed.

BDS: some successes

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Cancellation of a friendly with Argentina an own goal for Israel. Israel more and more concerned about BDS.