Political and social events from the Middle East. The program is recorded under live conditions with exclusive reports and interviews, hosted by Tom Burges Watson. Watch the show on FRANCE 24 Mondays at 6.40 pm Paris time.
First, Syria's President, Bashar al-Assad, speaks to ABC news and denies ever ordering a crackdown on protesters. We also meet up with Syrian army deserters hiding out in neighbouring Lebanon. Next, Egypt's young, liberal revolutionaries are bitter after a very poor showing in the parliamentary elections. Finally, we discover the top Twitter trend of the year: "Egypt" was the most tweeted word of 2011.
In this edition: Israel's patchwork government unites in defiance of a menacing Iran; al Qaeda prisoners wait for their release in Iraqi jails; and Lebanon's Hezbollah pays for the rebuilding of Beirut.
In this edition: Israelis start questioning the behaviour of their armed forces during the war in Gaza; Ehud Barak leads Labor into a big gamble; slim pickings for Egyptian cotton farmers; and Lebanon's pink taxis for women only.
This Week in the Middle East explains the controversy about strict Israeli marriage laws, takes a closer look at Hillary Clinton's visit to the region and shows an Egyptian version of the 'Star Academy' TV show - only for men.