JEROME SLATER, MONDOWEISS: Simon Schama is a popular and highly respected historian. But Israel appears to be his blind-spot.
JUAN COLE: Israel reneged on its promises, Kerry called them out and then all hell broke loose.
JAMES M. DORSEY: With pressure mounting by the day the Qatari authorities are set to announce a huge set of changes to the kafala system
M. LYNX-QUALEY: A young Syrian poet writes about the horror that she has witnessed in her homeland.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: A Saudi woman has had to go into hiding following her comments on social media about varying beard styles in the Kingdom
JAMES DORSEY: The attendance of American female senators at a soccer match in Riyadh has sparked a massive debate
JONATHAN COOK: It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book – divide and rule – but it could be the spark for another Intifada.
SARAH WALTON: It’s going to be a very busy year indeed on the dining front in Dubai. Here are my predictions.
JUAN COLE: Arial Sharon’s legacy is one of disaster for Palestinians, Israelis and the wider Middle East.
RAMZY BAROUD: With the music of JJ Cale in my head I’ve had time to think while traveling through Switzerland
CROSSROADS ARABIA: We’ve had many false dawns on the Saudi tourism story but we may be on the cusp of a breakthrough now.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: We appear to be back in the, ah, ‘glory days’ of 2006 and 2007 if recent reports are to be believed. Oh joy.
RAMZY BAROUD: It’s looking increasingly likely that major protests will resume in Yemen in the new year.
JAMES MULLAN: There’s a surprising sense of optimism abroad in ‘New Cairo’ where many young returnees from the UAE are now based.