|Partnership of interests
Isolated by the Arab Spring, Tel Aviv is reaching out to Putin for support, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Palestinian polls unlikely this year
Security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel has scuppered a national unity government and in turn Palestinian general elections, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Clueless, desperate and bankrupt
The Palestinian Authority was supposed to be the stepping-stone to a Palestinian state, but nearly 20 years later nothing like it is in sight, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
What next in Syria?
Syria has reversed its commitment to withdraw the army from the country's towns and cities and demanded guarantees from the opposition to end the violence, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Iraq's oil curse
Ongoing quarrels over oil in Iraq are adding to the country's woes, writes Salah Nasrawi
Critical escalation in Tunisia
Violent clashes broke out in the Tunisian capital earlier this week on the anniversary of last year's revolution, writes Lassaad Ben Ahmed in Tunis
Libya: legacy or lunacy?
Sebha shines a light on Libya's darkness. But, the NTC better gets its strategy right before the dust settles, forewarns Gamal Nkrumah