|Battles in Damascus
Fighting between the Syrian army and the armed opposition has now reached the Syrian capital Damascus, threatening the future of the regime, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Retribution or partition?
The Syrian regime may be trying to partition the country, fearing that it will soon be forced from power
Towards the break-up of Iraq?
A series of disputes with Baghdad has raised questions about the possible secession of Iraqi Kurdistan from the rest of the country, writes Salah Nasrawi
Sanaa under threat
Al-Qaeda forces have regrouped in the Yemeni capital after being driven out of the southern provinces earlier this year, reports Nasser Arrabyee in Sanaa
Islamists reject upcoming poll
Jordan's Islamists will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections in what is a blow to the government's reformist credentials, Khetam Malkawi reports
Libya's liberal landslide
It is presumed that Libyans under the reconciliatory liberal Mahmoud Jibril can regulate their ways out of their woes. Gamal Nkrumah contemplates conceivable scenarios
Tunisia's ruling Al-Nahda Party concluded its ninth congress this week with a commitment to consensus, writes Lassaad Ben Ahmed in Tunis