Behind The News
June 18, 2013
Since the end of former 'dictator' Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's rule in Tunisia, the country has become increasingly chaotic, with fierce dialogue raging over the constitution and the law coming down hard on rappers and FEMEN activists.
June 16, 2013
American academic Noam Chomsky gives his views on the changing shape of the Middle East in an interview with Al-Akhbar's Maha Zaraket
June 12, 2013
The Lebanese Shiite party Hezbollah, has proved through its involvement in the Syrian conflict, that it has chosen religion (sect) over the Lebanese state. This choice has already had serious consequences, and may cause an all-out civil war in the Levant.
June 10, 2013
Shekih Tamim Bin Hamad, the 33-year-old Qatar crown prince and son of current emir Khalifa Al Thani, is set to be Gulf's next emir. Meanwhile, the current prime minister and cousin of Hamad is said to be stepping down.
June 9, 2013
What began as a mildly worded petition calling for moderate political reform in March 2011 has manifested into a situation that has cultivated an ever growing political opposition.
June 7, 2013
Recent clashes at a Maan university caused widespread rioting throughout the southern governorate in April. Now, a recent video showing two dead Maani citizens being kicked by possible policemen has left tribal leaders threatening the Jordanian gov't with civil disobedience.
June 5, 2013
After a recent trip to Israel, Naava Mashiah uncovers her intimate thoughts and observations on the depoliticization of her homeland
June 4, 2013
The Jordanian government has blocked more than 280 websites in a crackdown on unlicensed news websites
June 2, 2013
With rumours running rampant over the death of the elderly Saudi King Abdullah, who is believed to be over 90, many questions have been asked in the Kingdom over the state of the Monarchy and who will be next in line for the throne.
May 28, 2013
The Turkish parliament has passed a bill that puts in place certain restrictions and regulations regarding sales and advertising of alcohol. Although criticized by some as “Islamization”, it is a responsible move by the government, argues Mohamed Hemish.
May 25, 2013
Interfaith dialogue could help bridge the widening gap between the West and the Muslim world.
May 22, 2013
Over the last few days, UNHCR has reported the flow of Syrian refugees entering Jordan has reached 'almost zero'. Jordanian, Syrian and international sources have given contradictory reports as to why.
May 20, 2013
The Arab nation has a rich history of football meshing with politics and the latest soccer-related protests could be a sign of things to come on the streets
May 18, 2013
Saudi Arabia keeps Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood at an arm's length in spite of its open support to Arab Islamist movements.
Calling a spade a spade, it's rape not a Holy War.