|Hamas branded 'too secular'
Hamas acts swiftly to quash radical Islamists in Gaza, but the Salafist source may prove more difficult to quell than its expressions, writes Saleh Al-Naami
By goodwill or guns?
Relatives of Palestinian detainees have fresh hopes for the conclusion of a prisoner exchange deal with Israel, but nothing rules out Israel pre-empting the deal by force, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Fatah's post-election reflexes
Many passed over in Fatah's elections are disgruntled while Abbas drops talk of resistance and picks up the prospects of peace with Israel, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Prospects for the Iraqi Shia
Rows over electoral alliances have focussed new attention on the Iraqi Shia. Can their post-Saddam revival now be saved, asks Salah Hemeid
Who said it was easy?
Lebanon's leaders are still staking out their territory in the next government, and Ramadan may bring them another reprieve, Lucy Fielder reports in Beirut
Ending the conflict
As conflict once again breaks out in Yemen between the government and the Al-Houthi rebels, could the military option be the answer to the country's civil strife, asks Nasser Arrabyee
The Megrahi mystery
Gamal Nkrumah argues that Megrahi's trial was purely political and had nothing to do with justice
Warlords at sea
Piracy continues to be a threat to global trade, argues Attia Essawi
Wake up call for Sudan
A threat by the secretary-general of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement to take his party out of the Sudanese parliament has called a referendum on the country's future into question, writes Asmaa Al-Husseini