USA/IRAN – Pompeo tour seeks to cement Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ on Iran (Al-Monitor)

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo has used a late term Middle East tour to cement Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran, so President-elect Joe Biden can’t easily reverse it.

ARAB SPRING – A decade on, the broken dreams of the Arab Spring (Al-Monitor)

“The revolution showed me that everything is possible,” says Ameni Ghimaji, remembering the heady days of the Tunisian protests that sparked the Arab Spring uprisings a decade ago.

PALESTINIANS – Palestinians trying to dig themselves out of isolation (Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor)

It seems Palestinians are trying to get out of international and Arab isolation by taking a series of measures, including restoring ties with Israel and returning their ambassadors to the UAE and Bahrain, in anticipation of the Joe Biden administration’s arrival into office.