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Sharif Nashashibi
Sharif Nashashibi

Sharif Nashashibi, a regular contributor to Al Arabiya News, The Middle East magazine and the Guardian, is an award-winning journalist and frequent interviewee on Arab affairs. He is co-founder of Arab Media Watch, an independent, non-profit watchdog set up in 2000 to strive for objective coverage of Arab issues in the British media. With an MA in International Journalism from London's City University, Nashashibi has worked and trained at Dow Jones Newswires, Reuters, the U.N. Development Programme in Palestine, the Middle East Broadcasting Centre, the Middle East Economic Survey in Cyprus, and the Middle East Times, among others. In 2008, he received the International Media Council's "Breakaway Award," given to promising new journalists, "for both facilitating and producing consistently balanced reporting on the highly emotive and polarized arena that is the Middle East." He can be found on Twitter: @sharifnash  

Violating Lebanon’s sovereignty

For all its complaints of foreign involvement in Syria and the violation of its sovereignty, the regime of Bashar al-Assad is happy to do the same to its neighbors. One of its helicopters last week...

Islamism or secularism: should that be the question?

The rise of political Islam that has been ushered in by the Arab Spring has turned sour so quickly that it is leading to debate over whether the region is already experiencing a post-Islamist era....

Israel and Obama: the tail wagging the dog

After U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel last week (perhaps pilgrimage is a more appropriate word), his landmark speech in Cairo in 2009 seems like a distant dream. “For more...

Jordan: deep divisions, increased concern

 An opposition boycott, a controversial election law, allegations of fraud, a dispute over turnout, and vows of further street protests seem to have dashed King Abdullah’s hopes that...

Israel’s elections and its Arab citizens

Prior to Israel’s general elections in January, centre-left political parties signed a covenant pledging “to initiate promoting real equality so that within 10 years discrimination between...

Assad’s defiance may be his undoing

In the Sunday Times last weekend, Bashar al-Assad said he refuses to consider stepping down, or to talk with Syria’s armed opposition unless they lay down their arms first. The dictator has...

No light at the end of Gaza’s tunnels

“The Egypt of today isn’t the Egypt of yesterday ... (We) won’t leave Gaza on its own,” President Mohammed Mursi said in November amid Israel’s bombardment of the...

FSA, Hezbollah on the brink of war

It was always inevitable that Syria’s revolution would have repercussions in neighboring Lebanon, but since the start of the uprising two years ago, never have we come closer to all-out, direct...