The Walls Are Closing in on Free Media in the Arab World

November 08, 2018

We are at a very low point for journalism in the Gulf and the wider Middle East. My thoughts are with Hatice Cengiz and Jamal Khashoggi’s family at this very painful time. The job of journalists is to ask questions, to speak truth to power, to question authority. This has always been a very...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Strategy of “Rapprochement”

November 30, 2017

Saudi Arabia and Israel are getting closer, and they have invested in the idea of military force as a solution to the problems normally resolved by diplomacy. Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, Marwan Bishara, comments on a both unexpected and unnatural courtship that may be leading up to...

Al Jazeera Journalists Demand Press Freedom

July 06, 2017

Al Jazeera journalists have demands too. When the diplomatic row between Qatar and the neighboring Gulf States erupted in June, the state-sponsored international news network, Al Jazeera, found itself at the heart of the crisis. Qatar has been accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and...

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Gulf Demands Closure of Al Jazeera

June 23, 2017

Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s demands of Qatar constitute an effort to rewrite the rules of international relations that uphold the sovereignty of nations. A list of 13 conditions for lifting the Saudi and Emirati-led embargo of Qatar offers a first taste of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin...

Qatar is Caught in a Catch-22

May 27, 2017

Just days after wooing President Trump, policy differences have emerged among Gulf states. Cracks have appeared in a Saudi-led, US-backed anti-terrorism alliance just days after US President Donald Trump ended a historic visit to Riyadh. The issues stem from Qatar’s long-standing policy...