Political and social events from the Middle East. The program is recorded under live conditions with exclusive reports and interviews, hosted by Tom Burges Watson. Watch the show on FRANCE 24 Tuesdays at 6.40 pm Paris time.
Israel puts the finishing touches on its Iron Dome, a shield meant to stop enemy rockets. And on the other side of the border, Hassan Nasrallah accuses Israel of being behind the murder of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri as the international tribunal is about to release its first charges. And as Muslims enter the holy month of Ramadan, food prices spike in many Middle Eastern countries.
France 24 investigates prostitution in the Gulf Emirates, and why Iraq's big oil auction didn't go as planned. Also the buzz surrounding French President Nicolas Sarkozy's alleged call for the head of Israel's anti-Arab foreign minister.
This week: a trip inside the struggling Israeli diamond business, an industry that makes up a quarter of the country's exports. Also, the Shiah-led Hezbollah are poised to gain ground at the upcoming elections thanks to Christian voters.
In this edition: Lebanese voters talking openly of perks and bribes in the upcoming general election; Kuwaiti women on the campaign trail; and Pope Benedict XVI's heavily scrutinised trip to the Holy Land.