Reading List

A veteran Middle East correspondent recommends a selection of books, papers, and blogs about the region

For readers interested in a diverse media diet of news about Gaza, Sydney Morning Herald correspondent Paul McGeough offers his selection of papers, books, and blogs that can provide the necessary background and variety of voices and perspectives for understanding the region. To read Katia Bachko’s interview with McGeough, click here.



Yedioth Ahronoth

Jerusalem Post


The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Coexistence by Shaul Mishal & Avraham Sela

Hamas: A History From Within by Azzam Tamimi

Inside Hamas: The Untold Story of the Militant Islamic Movement by Zaki Chehab

HAMAS: Political Thought and Practice by Khaled Hroub

HAMAS: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad by Matthew Levitt


Abu Aardvark

American Footprints

Anthony Loewenstein


Arab Media & Society

Bitter Lemons

Conflicts Forum


Electronic Intifada

Foundation for Middle East Peace

Friday Lunch Club

Global Strategy Forum

Islamophobia Watch

Juan Cole

Just World News


Lawrence of Cyberia


Middle East Policy Council


Missing Links


Peoples Geography - Reclaiming Space

Political Islam

Rootless Cosmopolitan

Sabbah’s Blog

Sic Semper Tyrannis

Syria Comment

The Angry Arab

War and Piece

War in Context


Update: Further reading, courtesy of CJR contributor Lawrence Pintak:

Beirut’s The Daily Star

Egypt’s The Daily News

Abu Dhabi’s The National

Egypt’s Al Masri Al Youm

London-based, Saudi-owned newspaper Alsharq Alawsat

Beirut-based newspaper Dar Al Hayat

The English version of Al Arabiya television’s Web site

Al Jazeera English’s Web site, which also features streaming video from the TV channel

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Katia Bachko is on staff at The New Yorker.