Behind The News

November 10, 2014

Fearing infiltration, ISIL has changed its entry requirements. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

ISIL now requires European recruits to undergo background checks, fearing infiltration by Western intelligence agents.

November 6, 2014

Tensions at al Aqsa have skyrocketed in the past week after Israel temporarily closed the mosque compound to Muslims, resulting in Muslims praying in front of the police that were blocking access (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP).
13:36 GMT

Recent violence in Jerusalem surrounding al Aqsa mosque compound has strained ties between Israel and Jordan.

November 5, 2014

Hollywood actor Scarlett Johansson faced widespread criticism over her role as SodaStream's global ambassador (File/AFP)
10:20 GMT

Despite SodaStream's crocodile tears over the closure of its factory on occupied Palestinian land, it was a clear victory for the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Syria's Alawites have paid the price for the ongoing conflict (File/AFP)
06:49 GMT

Syrian Alawites have paid the brunt for supporting the country's leader, Bashar al-Assad. Their villages razed, entire families executed by rebels or ISIL, but who remembers them?

November 3, 2014

Egypt's recent crisis in the Sinai has deepened the country's problems. (AFP/File)
10:48 GMT

As Egypt continues to struggle with rampant human rights abuses, a different kind of country is emerging.

October 31, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said the Swedish government should understand that MENA relations are "more complex than one of IKEA's flat-pack pieces of furniture. (AFP/FIle)
18:58 GMT

Absurdity ensues as IKEA finds itself at the heart of a word's war amid Sweden's recognition of a Palestinian state.

October 30, 2014

Millions of Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since the start of the war in 2011. (AFP/File)
10:14 GMT

At least one million Syrians live in Lebanon as refugees. Many refugees are happy to have escaped the brutal war raging in their home country, but some are also fearful of their wary hosts.

October 28, 2014

Millions of Syrians have fled the raging violence in their country. (AFP/File)
08:10 GMT

Children in refugee camps in Lebanon are often forced to work for incredibly low wages to help their impoverished families.

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?