Abbas is still insistent on petitioning the UN for recognition of a Palestinian state -- sort of, writes Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
Contention has flared up between the Gaza government and international NGOs, with the former demanding more financial oversight of the latter's operations, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Arms are becoming the FAD
Yemeni opposition parties have formed yet another umbrella council as the military stakes rise, reports Nasser Arrabyee
Attacks by land and sea
After attacking the town of Hama, Syrian forces last week stormed the port of Latakia. It may be a long time before the army returns to barracks, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Israel's next Lebanon offensive?
Israel's commencement of drilling for offshore gas near disputed waters raises the spectre of a future resource war with Lebanon, Lucy Fielder reports from Beirut
What lies beneath the current Iraqi-Kuwaiti dispute in the Gulf and should the world be watching, asks Salah Nasrawi
Dillydallying in Djerba
Libya's future hangs in the balance, but Gaddafi is not losing his equilibrium just yet, and NATO has failed miserably to tip the scales in the NTC's favour, deliberates Gamal Nkrumah
'Where vultures feast'
Somalia's famine fuels fears of a full-scale war, political instability and a catastrophic humanitarian crisis throughout the Horn of Africa now accentuated by the postponement of this week's donor conference in Addis Ababa, dreads Gamal Nkrumah