Behind The News
October 24, 2012
The Emirate saw it's biggest ever protests this week. The Emir has been keen to play down their significance but the 'small' number have already led to plans for reform in the Kingdom.
October 22, 2012
It may have started as an occasion for mourning but the funeral of Lebanon's intelligence chief quickly descended into the Sunni/Shia maelstrom just under the surface of Lebanese society.
October 19, 2012
In light of today's Sassine Square east Beirut bomb blast, perhaps Lebanese tourism minister would like to reconsider his threat to sue US TV makers of 'Homeland' for their disparaging depiction of a barbaric Beirut with friendly Hamra ruled by war mobs and Hezbollah.
October 18, 2012
According to the UAE's laws, a woman having sex outside of marriage can be imprisoned and a child out of wedlock will be used as evidence against them.
October 16, 2012
While Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai pulls through her critical condition caused by her country's Taliban attack, Imran Khran makes a Jihad gaff unbefitting a politician of his stature.
October 14, 2012
The IMF and World Bank has been holding its annual meeting this weekend, but with all eyes on what Christine Lagarde and what she'll say with regards to the Eurozone crisis, attention is being diverted away from the new wave of involvement in the Middle East
October 12, 2012
Clashes erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Friday as supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi tried to wrest control of the iconic square in rival rallies.
October 10, 2012
The powerless 'bedoon' of Kuwait wage a mini-campaign to compel the United Sates, still superpower, to intervene in their cause and crisis. Their demand hinges about conferring on them their long-desired right to citizenship and ensuring their detained members be released.
White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday delivered a scathing attack on America's failure to lead the world at a time of upheaval, in particular in the Middle East, under the stewardship of President Barack Obama.
October 7, 2012
At a conference in Doha, old school Islamists broach pressing issues on new Islamism in the transitional Arab Spring times. While one Sudanese Islamist tries to avoid dredging up past, there is no skirting the hot topic of Islamism operating in a fledgling democracy post Arab Revolution.
October 6, 2012
Jordan's biggest Friday protest to date has come and gone with less of a fuss than anticipated. Yesterday saw the Muslim Brotherhood make a peaceful stand for serious reform and anti-corruption in the Kingdom that has staved off a real Arab Spring til now.
October 3, 2012
In the short time he has been in power, Mohammad Morsi - Egypt's first democratically elected president - has covered a lot of ground and taken defiant strides towards a new Egypt, emerging from the rubble of revolution as a statesman.
October 1, 2012
After the indecency charge against an alleged police-rape victim, could the Islamist right in post-Arab spring Tunisia be coming to the fore? Following the election of the Ennahda group, the center-right Islamists, the disparate Salafi grouping is gaining prominence, and many are beginning to wonder if the Ennahda can keep its centrist line and whether there is a sea-change in Tunisian society.
September 27, 2012
Zainab al-Khawaja, the tweep fighting for her freedom of speech, is jailed in Bahrain after tearing up a picture of Bahrain's King.
September 25, 2012
The leftover from the revolution are still causing chaos in a country struggling for centralized power.