Drivetime, 10 Jul Qatar-Gulf crisis in focus

There appears to be no sign of resolution to the standoff between the Gulf countries and Qatar that began on June 5. The Saudi-led coalition accuses Qatar of regional meddling, citing this as the source of the diplomatic rift. Qatar, however, claims the blockade is an effort to undermine its autonomy and impede freedom of speech. What are the real motives behind the dispute and can the region mend these severed relations? To discuss this further, we have David Hearst, the editor-in-chief of Middle East Eye. He was chief foreign leader writer of The Guardian, former Associate Foreign Editor, European Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, European Correspondent, and Ireland Correspondent. He joined The Guardian from The Scotsman, where he was education correspondent. Guest: David Hearst Position: MEE editor in chief
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