Behind The News
July 27, 2014
The playbook is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel".
As the death toll mounts in Gaza, tweeters, journalists and celebrities have weighed into the Palestine-Israel conflict with a war of words. But, is there a price to pay if you condemn the IDF on a pro-Israel news organisation?
July 23, 2014
Israel says that despite going to great lengths to avoid civilian deaths Hamas uses ordinary Palestinians as human shields which increases the civilian death toll. In an area as small, densely populated and closed off as Gaza however, is the concept of a "human shield" just a myth?
July 22, 2014
Over half of Gaza's population is under 18. With the Palestinian death toll hitting almost 600, people's homes have been destroyed and children witnessed the mental scars of war.
July 17, 2014
The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.
July 14, 2014
Israel's ongoing military onslaught across the Gaza Strip is not just about the high death toll and physical injuries. What about the mental scars that haunt the Palestinian population?
July 13, 2014
Yemen's unity and development may be more at threat today than ever before, but who-or what-is to blame?
July 10, 2014
A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory
While the big game between Germany and Brazil commenced, Israel was air striking Gaza. But, the eyes of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon were transfixed on the match, "desensitized" by what was happening in the Strip.
July 7, 2014
Egypt's new government is cutting fuel subsidies in an effort to save the economy.
July 5, 2014
Too many coincidences seem to indicate that Ankara is backing Kurdistan's bid for independence in many more ways than may be immediately realized.
July 3, 2014
When analyzing the impact of the ISIS declaration of the caliphate, one must consider the circumstances surrounding the announcement, says one expert.
June 30, 2014
There hasn't been an Islamic caliphate since the Ottoman Empire. Radical militant group ISIS announced the "restoration of the caliphate", but what does this mean?
June 29, 2014
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are fanning the flames of deeply rooted sectarian tensions that have existed in Iraq for years.
June 26, 2014
The constant juggle between ISIS and Iraqi forces for the Baiji oil refinery has been confusing as it remains unclear who has full control. But, there is more to it.