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 Mondays at 6.40 pm Paris time.
Bahrain steps up its crackdown on protests, allowing in troops from neighbouring Gulf regimes. Following the murder of a family of settlers, the Israeli government gives the go-ahead to hundreds of new West Bank homes. Finally, an exclusive report from Egypt that explores the tension between Muslim and Coptic communities.
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.