Inside Story provides analysis, background, and context on the day's top story from some of the best minds in the Middle East and around the world.

More than just the news, Inside Story asks how we got to today and what tomorrow might have in store.
 
The programme will draw on Al Jazeera's heritage of covering the Middle East and world events.
 
From the latest developments in the Palestinian occupied territories to the wider issue of relations between the West and the Middle East, Inside Story aims to get behind the headlines, analyse the facts and hear the opinions to try and provide a frank assessment of the latest developments.

Coming up on Inside Story:

Jacques Chirac is leaving the Elysee Palace.

 

Jacques Chirac [AP]
The French president said on Sunday night that he is not seeking a third term in office. No doubt the man has shaped his country's policies for 12 years.

 

How will the French remember a man who has always wanted to be an heir to Charles De Gaulle? What were his successes and failures? How different will his succesor be?

Find out on Inside Story at 17:30 GMT on Al Jazeera English.

 

To comment, click on 'Send your feedback' at the top of the page.

 
Your comments and suggestions from our previous stories:
 
On our programme we welcome your feedback, below is a selection of recent emails we have received:
 
I applaud the efforts of Iran and Saudi leaders in trying to stop sectarian violence between Muslims. I am Christian, but abhor what the US has brought about in the Middle East, since creating the state of Israel.
James Mercer, US
 
Of course, Norway has failed in its role as a peacemaker. Norway has a track record of failure, as in the case of the 'Oslo peace talks' on Palestine. Moreover their partiality towards the Tiger terrorists raises serious doubts about their role as an honest broker.
Yusry Al Ayad
 
It is unimaginable why the Muslim states of the world cannot get together and give better aid and support to the Muslims in Palestine. I am distressed to see Muslims fighting Muslims like Sunni and Shia communities in Pakistan, and mostly in Iraq. They prefer to ignore the common enemy. Looks like the Islam we all practice is not what prophet Muhammad promoted. Can we raise this basic issue?
Arazak, Malaysia
 
Finally, we have an authentic, transparent, professional, thoughtful, incisive, multicultural, deeply caring group of brilliant journalists within the station and on diverse sites in different countries who are committed to presenting the other point of view which has been silenced and hidden from view for so many years - since the first US onslaught on Iraq - never mind the 59 years into the occupation of Palestine and the uprooting of Palestinians, the myriad massacres that have been committed against our people, the incessant bombardment of Lebanon over the years by Israel. All the double standards are finally being exposed in a professional way; that is the key thing, and I am so proud of you.
Dr Samia Costandi, Bahrain

I recently had the opportunity of watching your programmes and must complement you on your choice and relevance of the subjects. The other mainstream channels tend to gear their content more towards the 'Western' audience. Your programmes immediately strike a chord with the Middle Eastern/Asian/African viewers. Please keep up the good work and thank you for providing such useful infotainment.
Syed Javed Hasan, UAE
 
I was unaware of this programme Inside Story. Today's topic was interesting in the sense that it dealt with important issues of women's rights in Pakistan. For the marriage to be valid in Islam, there is no scope for force to both bride and groom. The consent for marriage should be full, natural and free. So, it was malpractised for long in Pakistan. I thank the government to outlaw these unacceptable practices. Thank you!
Muhammad Muinul Islam, Bangladesh
 
I saw the subject about Iraq's oil industry and to be honest I would say that it was outstanding and you highlighted in the smallest details all my suspicions about the reason why America and Britain wanted to invade Iraq.
Walid, UK
 
I watched your Inside Story for the first time on Al Jazeera. It was very good! It was neutral ... I think both CNN & BBC supports Sri Lanka's propaganda machine. I like your work.
Ramesh

I would like to comment on what was said on this terrible conflict in Sri Lanka. We know in Europe that LTTE is not a terrorist group despite all propaganda in the media. Al Jazeera has done a good job in documenting this issue, very similar to the Palestinian one.
Dr Tanda, France

Why did Inside Story forget to bring a guest from the Tamil speaking muslim community? The community was heavily victimised by the Tamil Tiger rebels. I am requesting you remember this in the next Inside Story.
Rifai Mohammed, Sri Lanka
 
Your interactive programme Inside Story on Sri Lanka was one of the best impartial interview & reports I have ever witnessed on any news channel. Without doubt Al Jazeera has demonstrated the impartiality and has left all other international news channels far behind.
Yusry, Saudi Arabia

Hi Al Jazeera, I am a great fan and supporter of your channel but I didn't like the way you covered the assassination of Pierre Gemayel. First I dont think that his killing is anything but horrific. But I think that your coverage was shy in pointing fingers to anybody but Syria. I mean 90 per cent of people in the Middle East if not more believe that the US and Israel have something deep to do with these assassinations. And I dont think that this a paranoid or "conspiracy" form of thinking. I know that as a news channel you can't accuse anybody of something without evidence but to cover "Every Angle and Every Side" I think that this side should be highlighted in a way or another.
Basel, Palestine

Something I don't get? Why no-one is putting the fingerpoint on al-Hariri for this killing for Mr Gemayel. Even we know that he has more to gain than anyone else in this incident to prove his point on Syria.
Hicham

I think the debate/discussion over politicising the hijab was informative. I really like the professor from Egypt's comments and her views on the issue. Personally, I feel the hijab/niqab has become politicised by politicians first in Europe and now in the Middle East as more and more educated, capable, talented, young women who are entering the work force making conscious decision to either don the hijab or niqab.
Fatima, USA

Just got the English Al Jazeera feed (through jumptv.com) tonight and saw the segment on human shields in Gaza. Thank you very much - this is exactly the kind of news we in America have been missing, and urgently need to see.
Vicki, USA