Spring time in Syria
Despite the occasional chill, Damascus's spring of reform looks to be headed to a high summer of fulfillment, writes Michael Jansen from the Syrian capital
US softening on Sudan?
Oil may lead to an about-face in US policy towards Sudan -- especially during a Texas oilman's presidency, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Trying to break the link
Ariel Sharon's first trip to Washington as Israeli prime minister has already been hailed a "success" in Israel. But the success may be more superficial than real, writes Graham Usher in Jerusalem
Relaxation, Sharon style
Khaled Amayreh, in the West Bank, reports on what a "relaxed" siege of the occupied Palestinian territories looks like
New strategy in Amman?
Speaking only a few days before the Arab summit in Amman, Palestinian Foreign Minister Farouk Qaddoumi told Sherine Bahaa from his headquarters in Tunis he was hopeful that Arab leaders will strongly back the Palestinians' stance
Doing without 'outside influence'
Lebanese Christians are intensifying their opposition to Syria's presence in the country, reports Zeina Abu Rizk from Beirut
Gulf emirates settle dispute
Bahrain and Qatar have turned a new leaf in their relations after settling a decades-old territorial dispute. Rasha Saad reports