Muammar Qaddafi's forces appear locked in a stalemate with the rebel troops, just east of Brega. Violent clashes within Yemen's protests reached a milestone. And the Gulf's economic bloc is in a tussle with Iran.
The concept of emergency rule has been at the forefront of much of the Mideast unrest. Some countries have been in a “state of emergency” for decades, long after their citizens felt any threat still existed. Others have only recently implemented the emergency laws, in an effort to quell uprisings turned too large and violent for the governments to rein in. Although meant to help a country in times of danger, emergency law has sometimes been turned into a political tool.
Syria makes rare concessions, but fires on protesters in Deraa. NATO takes control of implementing the no-fly zone over Libya as rebels struggle to retake Ajdabiya. Saleh looks to be stepping down (really). Bahrain's Shiites vow to defy protest ban.
The remarks by Bahrain's king reflect an effort to pin his country's recent Shiite-led protests on interference by the Gulf states' regional adversary, Iran.
Bahrain appears to be shifting strategy from offers of dialogue to suppressing the protests. But the heavy-handed tactics seem to be merely hardening protesters' resolve.
Bahrain's clearing of the main protest site in its capital city escalates the conflict between the Sunni ruling family and the majority Shiite protesters.
Bahrain and Libya, too, are upping the ante of repression in a way Tunisia and Egypt did not. Will it work?