After initially disrupting Qatar's imports and triggering the withdrawal of billions of dollars from its banks by depositors from the four states, the world's top exporter of liquefied natural gas quickly developed new trade routes and deployed tens of billions of dollars from its sovereign wealth fund to protect its domestic lenders.
Tensions in the Persian Gulf are high after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric. Iran sees itself as the champion of Shiite Islam and is furious with the Saudi action. Saudi Arabia has retaliated by cutting off relations.
FIFA has cleared five men as candidates to lead the organization. The world soccer body says all five passed a thorough 'integrity check.' But all of them are also tainted by their past associations with an organization saddled by years of corruption allegations.
The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof is in Bahrain, where protesters have taken over the central square in Manama. Kristof explains that the rise of the middle class in Bahrain is one of the reasons there are demands for a more democratic rule.
Thousands of anti-government demonstrators continue to occupy the main square in Bahrain's capital. Maryam Al Khawaja of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights speaks with anchor Lisa Mullians about the protestors demands for regime change.
For the latest on news from that country, we turn to Michael Slackman, foreign correspondent for The New York Times. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at New York University helps contextualize the situation.
Protests have been banned in Bahrain and the military has been ordered to tighten its grip after the violent removal of anti-government demonstrators. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof who is in Bahrain.
Columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, is in Bahrain. At first people wanted steps toward democracy, but since the killings, the mood has turned against the king as he has allowed violence on his people.