GHADA DALY, CGNEWS: The apathy that Tunisian young people feel for politics is being re-directed in a positive direction into varied civil projects
RAMZY BAROUD: in the words of Victor Hugo ‘to simplify is to be an idiot’ and when assessing the turmoil affecting the Middle East there is a lot of simplified commentary
RAMZY BAROUD: The parallels between the two countries are uncannily similar. What route will the Egyptian people choose?
COMMON GROUND NEWS: A young Tunisian set out himself to find out what the future holds for him and his contemporaries following the news of the recent IMF loan to the country
MOHAMMED MESSAI, CGNEWS: Rather than being a last resort the lure of the gun is proving irresistible to all across the political spectrum
LAMIA HATIRA, NURA SULEIMAN, CGNEWS: We don’t have a culture of armed conflict but it’s possible that we’re moving in that direction.
JUAN COLE: The assassination of Chokri Belaid has brought tens of thousands Tunisians onto the streets.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: There is a sense of crisis in Jordan but it’s a sense that has led to paralysis in all sectors of society. So what does 2013 hold?
JUAN COLE: It’s been another extraordinary year across the Middle East. Here is my take on the most significant changes this year
DANIEL M. VARISCO: Another one eyed piece from Mr Friedman. Is it too much to ask that he simply recognises the realities of Palestinian life?
JIHED FREDI, CGNEWS: The recent chaos in Tunisia has allowed drug traffickers to gain a hold and they’re targetting the young with disastrous consequences
JUAN COLE: From Jordan to Tunisia, from civil war to pilfered Palestinian land the Arab world is in a febrile state.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: In a recently published report Al Arabiya seems to have missed a rather significant point about internet access in the region
JAMES M. DORSEY: Sharp sectarian divides between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in the Middle East constitutes the Achilles heel for Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan.
AMINA BENKHLIFA, CGNEWS: Often associated with harsh weather and difficult economic conditions El Kef, my hometown, has a deep theatrical heritage
JAMES M. DORSEY: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is following in the footsteps of deposed autocrats by associating himself with one of Iran’s greatest passions: soccer.
AKREM KAABI, CGNEWS: There are significant threats to democracy and to hard won freedoms but huge progress has been made.
INES ZGUIDANE, CGNEWS: A new sense of civic engagement has taken root in Tunisia with individuals working together to deal with major societal issues
NOUR AWAISS, CGNEWS: So prominent in the protests that swept over the country last year Tunisia’s young people seem to be absent from public discourse now