M. LYNX-QUALEY: There’s always bound to be heated debate about the merits of judging literature but the Arab world’s literary prizes attract particularly warm discussion.
ASMAA NAGUIB, ARABLIT: Many prominent Egyptian artists met recently to discuss how best to regulate the relationship between the Culture Ministry and themselves.
MOHGA HASSIB, ARABLIT: There is a debate among writers about how to treat the subject of torture. The acclaimed Lebanese writer Elias Khoury has firm views
SHEHERAZADE JAFARI, CGNEWS: The idea of Muslim women awaiting rescue from their oppressive lives by an injection of Western liberal values is far from reality.
FRANZISKA KABELITZ, CGNEWS: In a controversial programme young Palestinian children are invited to spend one day on Israeli beaches.
SARAH GREBOWSKI: A spontaneous, youth-led uprising that brought instant democracy via Facebook and Twitter? I’m afraid not.
RACHEL MCARTHUR: Remember the name Mashrou Leila (Leila’s Project), because we guarantee this band will become a household name very soon.
M. LYNX-QUALEY: Much has been written about the ‘banners of the revolution’. However, it is difficult to agree a translation that matches their spirit.
M. LYNX-QUALEY – Miral El-Tahawy’s wonderful novel “Brooklyn Heights” has been showered with praise. Is it, however, to be the subject of anti-Egyptian bias?