|A 'victory' for hunger strikers?
The mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israel ends with a deal brokered by Egypt. Only some of their demands will be met, writes Khaled Amayreh in Ramallah
Meshaal tightens his grip
Recent internal elections in Hamas have greatly strengthened the hand of Khaled Meshaal, who but a few months ago was set to leave his position as Hamas head, writes Saleh Al-Naami
Car bombs versus US drones
Yemeni government forces assisted by US drones have been carrying out attacks on Al-Qaeda fighters in the country before a Friends of Yemen meeting next week, writes Nasser Arrabyee in Sanaa
No Arab Spring here
Last Thursday's Algerian parliamentary poll failed to jolt the entrenched ruling FLN, in power since 1962, writes Gamal Nkrumah
Ending 'zero problems'?
Turkey's refusal to extradite Iraqi politician Tariq Al-Hashemi to Iraq has added to the feuding between the two regional neighbours, writes Sayed Abdel-Maguid
Gulf union put off
Despite calls by Saudi King Abdullah last year for a union of Gulf states, the plan has now been postponed until December, writes Rasheed Abul-Samh
A long hot summer ahead
What are the prospects for Jordanian Prime Minister Fayez Al-Tarawneh being able to bring about real reform, asks Khetam Malkawi in Amman
The Syrian cockpit
The possible induction of Al-Qaeda inspired groups into Syria could make an intractable conflict irredeemable -- at least for the UN, writes Graham Usher
And if it fails?
The Syrian regime and opposition have been accusing each other of undermining the Anan plan, raising questions as to whether it can succeed in resolving the crisis, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
On a downward spiral
Syria's economy is continuing on its downward spiral in the absence of a political solution to the crisis, writes Bassel Oudat