FRANCIS MATTHEW: It’s likely to succeed if it focuses on ways to make the existing GCC work better, rather than offer any new political structure.
THE VIEW FROM FEZ: The wine industry is going from strength to strength.
DAVID ROBERTS: There will be fine talk and likely a positive joint statement will be issued but no firm action will be agreed.
ANNIE ROBBINS, MONDOWEISS: The meeting between the P5+1 countries to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme has gone surprisingly well.
JUAN COLE: It’s well worth looking at previous situations where major powers tried to use economics to bring Iran to heel.
DAVID CORTRIGHT, CGNEWS: We asked Afghan women how they believed their hard won rights could be secured.
JUAN COLE: Not that you’d know from watching American TV news but there have been important developments in the Arab world recently
KHALED DIAB, CGNEWS: East Jerusalem is undergoing a cultural renaissance but what will be the ultimate end?
JUAN COLE: The last crackpot Neocon plan cost America $1 trillion and nearly 5,000 soldier’s lives. The latest one is meeting resistance.
AMINE GHALI, CGNEWS: With growth stagnant, foreign companies leaving in droves Tunisia’s new government faces huge issues
ROB L. WAGNER: As tensions increase all parties are beginning to make calculations regarding the effect of a possible conflict in the Arabian Gulf.
KIM WILLIS: Through the tours visitors see the reality of life in the West Bank and Israel, uncoloured by any ‘perspective’; they can make up their own minds about the issues.
STEVE ROYSTON: Spiritually, today’s Istanbulus are not so different from their Byzantine predecessors – they still delight in debate and intrigue.
JONATHAN COOK: The demand has risen to the top of the Israeli agenda and if accepted will condemn Palestinians as ‘historic interlopers and trespassers’.
LUCY EMMERSON: There are still more who believe that a regime which has killed in excess of 2,200 peaceful protesters in the past 6 months cannot stand
DAVID WESTLEY: This year, the return to ‘normality’ will be significantly harder to achieve for those countries that have gone through their Arab spring; the pathway to success is still far from clear.