Jean-Pierre Filiu, author of "The New Middle East", explains just why Syria’s bottom-up revolt is different from Tunisia’s and Egypt’s bottom-up revolts - and why Syria’s uprising will have profound effects on regional powers such as Saudi Arabia.
Will the assassination of three Kurdish activists kill the peace process? The three murders, including that of a key go-between to imprisoned PPK leader Abdullah Öcalan, come just as Ankara announced talks to end a conflict that’s lasted nearly three decades.
In Israel, increasing numbers of journalists are launching political careers, aiming to run in the country's coming parliamentary election. Next, Hamas leaders in Gaza allow rival movement Fatah to celebrate the anniversary of the secular party's existence, in a sign of improving ties between the two camps. Finally, Turkey removes hundreds of books from a list of censored works, as Ankara seeks to shake off criticism of its record on freedom of expression.
Irrespective of which calendar is used, what is the difference between the last day of the ending year and the first day of the beginning year? Read the full op-ed by Yusuf Kanli, editor of Hurriyet Daily News.
From Iraq to Egypt, from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, attacks on Christians in majority Muslim countries are on the rise. In the face of growing Islamic radicalism, Christians are struggling to find their place. Some are raising the alarm, while others believe dialogue is still possible.
Ever since Syria’s uprising escalated, Assad’s airpower has mostly kept rebels on the run. Now, with two military aircraft downed in two days, François Picard’s panel looks at what could be a genuine tipping point in the civil war.
Gilad Sharon, Ariel Sharon's youngest son, writes in The Jerusalem Post that Israel should "flatten all of Gaza". An op-ed in Gulf News argues the Gaza violence is "a well-rehearsed Israeli ploy". Burmese journalists abroad, meanwhile, tell Obama to look at "the dark side of Burma's 'reforms'". And scientists have apparently pinned down the gene variant that influences the time of day you are most likely to die. That's the focus for Monday 19th November, 2012.