RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: We’re [Christians and Jews] above that sort of blood-letting. We solve our differences civilly through debate and the free exchange of ideas. As if…
DANIEL M. VARISCO: In its depiction of the life of the second caliph a television epic has touched a nerve while attracting huge viewing numbers
CHRISTINA HEBERT: “Aren’t they people too?” He was a man. She was a woman. Their lives mattered. Let’s show that they did.
NASEEM TARAWNAH: When I saw the accusations I felt like my head was imploding.
JAMES M. DORSEY: It’s been a bad year for Vodafone in Egypt. Are the problems of their own making?
MAURICE CHAMMAH, ARABLIT: It’s a performance which has protagonists and an audience. Too often though the drama is not reflected in the finished article
RICHARD SILVERSTEIN: Adelson, Klarman… Israel needs these far-right pro-Israel billionaires in its media like it needs a hole in the head.
STEVE ROYSTON: I can think of a couple of neighbouring countries where someone in his position would not be allowed into the country in the first place,
MATT J. DUFFY: Private parties should be allowed to settle differences via civil courts and truth should be set as the ultimate defence against defamation.
ROB L. WAGNER: Charlie Hebdo’s editors abuse the privilege of being journalists. Their behavior strengthens the argument anti blasphemy laws are necessary
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Arabs seem to have an unhelpful skill for appalling public relations skills, according to a leading commentator. What’s to be done?
ALEXANDER MCNABB: This distortion of expressed opinion coming, let us not forget, from those who purport to give us ‘context and analysis’…
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Saudi authorities have paid attention to the furore that greeted the new legislation dealing with the media.
JAMES M. DORSEY: Embattled regimes have failed in their effort to choke off independent reporting to ensure that their version of events dominates the news.
ANDREW MACKAY: Even the BBC’s Washington correspondent noted how adroitly the US administration had trod the line between triumphalism and glee at bin Laden’s death.
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The newly unveiled Saudi media law represents a huge step backward for free speech. Maybe we’ll just talk about the weather. Hold on, though, that could be controversial too.
ALEXANDER MCNABB: The message is so far at odds with the content, it’s almost ludicrous. How does Nestlé Middle East or Nestlé’s agency think it effectively positions the company’s brand?
MATT J. DUFFY: The subject matter of this article offers a insight into which types of stories the paper’s leadership believe would be “irresponsible.”