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Opinion: Life Savings

Opinion: Life Savings

I write this article after months of forced absence. I have yet to return home and am still in the process of recovery. So should I wait for longer or write? In truth, the journalist in me triumphed in the end, and since I have spent a considerable period of time in...
Opinion: Abu Who?

Opinion: Abu Who?

One can only be shocked and surprised by the way the Arab media has been reporting on terrorism and terrorists. Most recently we had the story of the Australian teenager Jake Bilardi, aged 18, who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq’s central...
Opinion: When will Ali Ibrahim return?

Opinion: When will Ali Ibrahim return?

Every Tuesday, our dear colleague Asharq Al-Awsat Deputy Editor-in-Chief Ali Ibrahim would write his weekly op-ed. However, for two weeks now he has been absent from his family, friends and readers—as well as his extended family here at Asharq Al-Awsat. After...
Opinion: Media Wars

Opinion: Media Wars

The media wars in the Arab world that erupted before and after the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings are well-known to ordinary people who switch between Arab and international news channels in order to familiarize themselves with the different points of view or angles of...
Opinion: A Chilling Response to a Terrible Tragedy

Opinion: A Chilling Response to a Terrible Tragedy

When news of the school massacre in Pakistan’s Peshawar first broke, it seemed exaggerated and unreal. One’s mind is sometimes incapable of believing such events are possible, or rather immediately rejects the notion that someone has decided the time has come to...