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.
As the death toll from Syria's uprising climbs into the hundreds, the international community is divided over whether to adopt stronger measures against the regime. We also look back on how the protests erupted and why they are focused on the small city of Dera'a. Finally, after five years of conflict, Palestinians reunite as Hamas and Fatah reach a reconciliation deal.
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.