Behind The News

October 27, 2014

American journalist James Foley was beheaded by IS militants in August, 2014 (File/AFP)
06:39 GMT

American journalist James Foley spent most of his time being guarded by three British militants while in captivity. After interviews with family members and former hostages, The New York Times pieced together what happened in his last few months.

October 26, 2014

In Syria and Iraq, IS militants are deliberately destroying pre-Islamic works of art. (File/AFP)
14:46 GMT

IS militants are ruthlessly destroying religious artifacts in Syria, but they're also using them to fund the caliphate.

October 23, 2014

An Ottawa police officer stands guard in Elgin Street, following reports of multiple shootings, which left one man dead, October 22, 2014 (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is a Canadian Muslim convert who fatally shot a soldier Thursday, but who is this privately educated man and why was he thirsty to kill?

October 22, 2014

During his time in power, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has led a paradoxical campaign about Islam. (AFP/File)
21:59 GMT

When his fans hail him as the new Ataturk, they're ignoring some key details about Egypt's al-Sisi

October 20, 2014

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