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IS has gained tremendous wealth from smuggling oil. (AFP/File)
08:58 GMT

Iraq's illegal oil business is booming and allowing IS to flourish.

October 19, 2014

Haditha, home to a strategic dam, has been under assault for months, Iraqi forces say.
08:28 GMT

By controlling Hīt, ISIS has effectively severed the main road linking Haditha to Ramadi. Supplies have been cut off completely from Haditha, with local officials warning foodstuffs could run out soon.

October 16, 2014

Up to 201 Palestinian minors are being held in Israeli jails as of August 2014, according to Defence For Children International (File/AFP)
10:59 GMT

Going to school in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron isn't easy for most Palestinian children. After video footage emerged of Israeli soldiers violently arresting minors, will the systematic abuse they face stop?

October 15, 2014

Reforming the police has been set as one of the objectives of the revolution to ensure Tunisians’ dignity. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

Tunisians want to continue progressing but have not yet been able to solve the problem of their overly violent police force.

October 14, 2014

British lower level politicians voted to recognize Palestine as a state in a symbolic move Monday (File/AFP)
15:27 GMT

While the Balfour Declaration in 1917 paved way for a Jewish homeland, decades later British lower level politicians voted in a non-binding motion to recognize a Palestinian state. While the has vote passed, will British guilt over history make up for Palestine's conundrum?

October 12, 2014

American-led air attacks are failing. President Obama's plan to "degrade and destroy" Islamic State has not even begun to achieve success. [AFP]
08:19 GMT

America's plans to fight Islamic State are in ruins as the militant group's fighters come close to capturing Kobani and have inflicted a heavy defeat on the Iraqi army west of Baghdad.

October 9, 2014

As the fighting continues, the lack of assistance for those living in Kobani sparked more violent demonstrations across Turkey. [Getty Images]
08:04 GMT

Isis in Kobani: Still no sign of Turkey reacting to threat on its border as John Kerry says preventing the fall of the town is 'not a strategic objective'

October 7, 2014

In 1985, Ayatollah Kohmeini issued a fatwa in favor of transgender people. Today, Iran's government pays for half of the cost of gender reassignment surgery. (AFP/File)
12:07 GMT

Iran has undeniable human rights violations, but there are a few social issues that Iran handles surprisingly well.

October 2, 2014

More than 5,000 Yazidi women have been captured by the Islamic State (File/AFP)
08:49 GMT

Two teenagers who escaped from Islamic State militants described their ordeal while in captivity. While 5,000 Yazidi women remain missing, what happens to them when they're kidnapped?

September 30, 2014

Civilians captured during the fall of Lydda and Ramle around the time of July 12, 1948 and taken to labour camps. In the July heat they were thirsty and were given a drop of water carried by a child under soldiers’ guard. (Photo: Salman Abu Sitta, Palestine Land Society)
11:35 GMT

On Israel's little-known concentration and labor camps in 1948-1955

September 29, 2014

Members of Islamic State in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the group's nerve centre. [AFP]
07:59 GMT

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis, so why don’t we do it and save some lives? Nobody criticises the Israeli government when it swaps prisoners with Hezbollah

September 28, 2014

International attention was forced back on Bahraini authorities this month following the release of renowned rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja. (AFP/File)
08:47 GMT

Following anti-government protests in 2011, Bahrain's prison population has doubled, boasting at least 2,000 political prisoners and the Arab world's second highest prison population rate per 100,000 people. How did this happen?

September 25, 2014

Bashar al-Assad and Barack Obama. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

America’s attacks on Isis may help Bashar al-Assad keep his regime alive

September 24, 2014

Is Jordan's Arabic news in trouble? Study finds more than 60 percent of content from local dailies comes from Petra news wire. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

A media study conducted by the newly minted media monitoring site, Akeeb, reports 63 percent of the content printed in major Arabic dailies comes "ready-made" from country news wire Jordan News Agency.

September 23, 2014

Khorasan army. [Glogster]
07:28 GMT

Some American experts say the al-Qaeda-linked group Khorasan poses a greater threat than Islamic State itself.