Roger Hercz is the Middle East correspondent of the Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen
Breaking a major taboo in the Arab world, famous Egyptian academic Saad Eddin Ibrahim went to Tel Aviv this week to give a lecture. He knew it would be controversial.
In-depth: Corruption-suspect Benjamin Netanyahu is taking increasingly drastic steps to avoid the long arm of the law. But his voters are still supporting him, reports Roger Hercz.
As one of the first Westerners to visit Raqqa after its liberation, Norwegian activist Erling Folkvord witnessed how the brutality of IS had coloured daily life in the battered city.
Comment: Among the strangest realities uncovered by the referendum in Northern Iraq is the Palestinian denial of Kurdish hopes for independence and a state of their own, writes Roger Hercz.