|Milestone or millstone?
Iraq's provincial elections are being hailed as remarkable, but the road to democracy is still long and bumpy, writes Saif Nasrawi
More of the same
Plans for a third bloc to stand for election in one of Lebanon's most hotly contested areas have fuelled angry debate, observes Lucy Fielder in Beirut
Will Congress tighten sanctions or end them, asks Bassel Oudat in Damascus
Angry words of compromise
The ceasefire may -- out of dire necessity -- push forward national reconciliation talks, according to Khaled Amayreh in the West Bank
If not fascism, what is?
Without censure, a growing current in Israeli politics is calling for the outright killing of Palestinians, writes Khaled Amayreh in occupied East Jerusalem
Going for the jugular
Meshaal's call to replace the PLO is met by alarm, and not only among so-called moderate Palestinian and Arab players, writes Saleh Al-Naami