Behind The News

March 9, 2014

The now infamous occasion on which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought a cartoon drawing of Iran's bomb to the UN assembly. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

Iran and Israel, the best of enemies. Gareth Smyth delves into the relationship between these two foe states.

March 6, 2014

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE recalled their diplomatic envoys from Qatar Wednesday (File Archive)
09:10 GMT

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar Wednesday representing one of the first public splits between the Gulf Arab allies in recent years over the role of Islamists in the region.

March 4, 2014

Obama has been extremely critical publicly about Netanyahu's part in the ongoing peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian delegations (Saul Loeb/AFP)
15:38 GMT

Is the Israel-US and even the Obama-Netanyahu relationship on the rocks or launching into a renewed era of strong ties?

March 2, 2014

As the conflict in Syria rages on, Jordan, the U.S., and the Syrian National Coalition propose the implementation of buffer zones. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT

Plans for a buffer zone in Syria highlight differences in American and Syrian National Coalition goals.

February 25, 2014

Does graffiting on the separation wall normalize it? (Shutterstock)
14:40 GMT

By the separation wall and decorating it with works of now-famous art (love him or hate him, see Banksy’s “Make hummus not walls”), are we tacitly accepting the existence of a wall that defies human rights?

It will be said of President Barack Obama when he leaves office that he kept the U.S. out of the Syrian crisis. But at what price? (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT

Has America failed the Syrian people by failing to act decisively in the growing civil war?

February 23, 2014

A man assists an elderly lady to walks amid garbage during the evacuation of civilians from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Homs on February 19, 2014. (AFP)
07:14 GMT

MARAH MASHI takes us inside Homs, where only fighters and mice remain.

February 18, 2014

Iran nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. started in 1970s (File Archive/AFP)
14:21 GMT

For 36 years, Iran and world powers have been discussing Tehran's nuclear program. As the conversation continues in a new round of talks set to commence this week, we take a look at the history of the ongoing nuclear negotiations.

February 16, 2014

After 330 days of political deadlock, Lebanon has a new government. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

Lebanon announced that it has formed a government on Saturday after more than 330 days of deadlock between the various political blocs.

February 13, 2014

Under these news leaders - including ISIL's chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi - will Al Qaeda become more deadly than ever? (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Al Qaeda's new generation of commanders leading thousands of jihadists across the Middle East may be the most dangerous yet.

February 11, 2014

AIPAC generally follows the hard-line, right-wing stance of the Israeli government's policies. (Image courtesy of
07:01 GMT

Is the power of AIPAC waning?

February 9, 2014

The Russia connection between Ukraine and Syria may play a huge geopolitical and economic role in the outcome of crises in both countries (Al Bawaba File)
09:43 GMT

The fate of Ukraine's political crisis may have more implications for Syria than may be expected.

February 6, 2014

China's passive role in the Middle East could make them perfectly placed to orchestrate peace in the region. (Anglian News)
07:33 GMT

China's passive role in the Middle East could make them perfectly placed to orchestrate peace in the region.

February 4, 2014

Lebanese emergency personnel inspect the wreckage of a minibus at the site of an explosion on February 3, 2014 in Shoueifat, south of the capital Beirut. (AFP)
11:25 GMT

The Daily Star talks to Beirutis shortly after a suicide bomber blew up a bus in the Shoueifat.

February 2, 2014

Many EU left-wing "extremists" went to the MENA region in the 1970s in solidarity with the "Anti-Imperialist International Struggle" (File Archive/AFP)
12:38 GMT

Jihadists and terrorism in Europe is far from new. In fact, some may argue that trends of young jihadists going to the Middle East from the EU is similar to migration in the 1970s of young left radicals flocking to MENA in solidarity with the "Anti-Imperialist International Struggle."