|Trying times for Mikati
As the crisis over Lebanon's funding for the Special Tribunal comes to a head, the prime minister seems to be trying to buy time, reports Lucy Fielder from Beirut
Fog on Gaddafi's plans
The fulfilment of the aspirations of the Libyan people marks the epitome of their ambitions, notes Gamal Nkrumah
All eyes on Tunisia
The election of the National Constituent Council is a step towards the unknown, writes Al-Asaad bin Ahmed in Tunis
'We're still at square one'
Tunisia's head of the Supreme Authority for Elections speaks to Karem Yehia about general elections due Sunday and steps taken so far in the country's transition to democracy
Prisoner swap: why now?
For some, the absence of Mubarak removed an obstacle to Shalit's release; for others, Shalit's release removes an obstacle to Israel attacking Iran, writes Saleh Al-Naami in Gaza
Peace process dead in the water
Announcing new plans to build thousands of settler units, Israel continues to undermine efforts to see direct peace talks resume with the Palestinian Authority, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem
Syria: no way back
Seven months after the start of the Syrian uprising, what are the prospects for the Al-Assad regime, asks Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Threats from the wreckage
The Syrian grand mufti has threatened to send suicide bombers to the US and Europe should a military attack be launched against the country, reports Bassel Oudat
Iraq fails the grade
Crooked certificates used to get government jobs or promotion have been causing an outcry in Iraq, writes Salah Nasrawi
Terror from within and without
Al-Qaeda and tribesmen threaten to retaliate for the US drone attacks in Yemen as US ally Saleh clings on, reports Nasser Arrabyee in Sanaa
Subversion or entrapment?
The arrest of Iranian suspect in a plot to kill the Saudi envoy raises more questions than answers, says Rashid Abul-Samh