Opinion round-up

  • Reuters Cairo bureau chief Jonathan Wright on the many reasons Mubarak has for hosting the Sharm Al Sheikh summit.

  • Newsweek's Christopher Dickey on the Pharaoh's long shadow. Pretty poor.

  • Arm Hamzawy on Arab opinion-makers and the chasm that separate them from the public

  • Hussein Fattah has a primer on Arab media. Note the absence of radio stations -- this in a region where Radio Montecarlo, the BBC World Service and even Voice of America were once the number one trusted source of information.

  • Al Hayat has two pieces on the meaning of the Sharm Al Sheikh summit: a positive one by and a negative one by Abdulwahab Badrakhan.
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    Issandr El Amrani

    Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.