The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

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.