The Listening Post

Reconciliation in the Gulf?

More than three years of political and economic rifts – and a media battle – in the Gulf could be coming to an end. Plus, the science journalists who saw COVID coming.

There is news of a possible reconciliation in the Gulf – the end of the blockade of Qatar – and some careful message management is under way.


Zaid Benjamin – Washington correspondent, Al Araby TV

Hussein Ibish – Arab Gulf States Institute

Zarqa Parvez – Lecturer, Hamad bin Khalifa University

Nabeel Nowairah – Gulf affairs analyst

On our radar

Richard Gizbert and Meenakshi Ravi discuss how a state visit by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt to France became a media story.

Science journalism in the spotlight

Historically underappreciated, and usually underrepresented in newsrooms, science and health reporters have found their expertise in demand in this pandemic year.


Helen Branswell – Senior infectious disease reporter, STAT

Kai Kupferschmidt – Contributing correspondent, Science magazine

Vidya Krishnan – Health and science journalist