President Bashar al-Assad's troops in Syria are gaining ground. British Middle East reporter Robert Fisk met some of them when he visited the front lines earlier this month. Interview by Michael HartlepMore
Never before in the Arab world has a television show unleashed such controversy as the satirical programme "Al Bernameg" ('The Programme') presented by Egyptian television star Bassem Youssef – a furore that was stoked further when its broadcasting slot on the Egyptian broadcaster "CBC" was withdrawn in the wake of the uproar it caused. This makes it a milestone in the history of the freedom of expression in Egypt.