Behind The News
June 26, 2013
When an Egyptian Salafist recently described the presence of Shiites in Egypt as “more dangerous than naked women,” a cautious, yet sardonic wave of anger from both his supporters and critics was immediately unleashed.
June 25, 2013
Sheikh Tamim Bin Al Thani has inherited the Qatari leadership
June 24, 2013
Political and activist groups opposed to Islamist President Mohamed Morsi are planning mass protests on June 30 to call for the president’s ouster. Experts say that a violent showdown between protesters and the military is a strong possibility.
June 22, 2013
Recent rumors depict the Hezbollah-Hamas partnership as deteriorating under the weight of the war in Syria.
June 20, 2013
Reporters Without Borders has called out King Abdullah of Jordan regarding the Kingdom's recent decision to block access to roughly 300 news websites.
June 18, 2013
Since the end of former 'dictator' Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's rule in Tunisia, the country has become increasingly chaotic, with fierce dialogue raging over the constitution and the law coming down hard on rappers and FEMEN activists.
June 16, 2013
American academic Noam Chomsky gives his views on the changing shape of the Middle East in an interview with Al-Akhbar's Maha Zaraket
June 12, 2013
The Lebanese Shiite party Hezbollah, has proved through its involvement in the Syrian conflict, that it has chosen religion (sect) over the Lebanese state. This choice has already had serious consequences, and may cause an all-out civil war in the Levant.
June 10, 2013
Shekih Tamim Bin Hamad, the 33-year-old Qatar crown prince and son of current emir Khalifa Al Thani, is set to be Gulf's next emir. Meanwhile, the current prime minister and cousin of Hamad is said to be stepping down.
June 9, 2013
What began as a mildly worded petition calling for moderate political reform in March 2011 has manifested into a situation that has cultivated an ever growing political opposition.
June 7, 2013
Recent clashes at a Maan university caused widespread rioting throughout the southern governorate in April. Now, a recent video showing two dead Maani citizens being kicked by possible policemen has left tribal leaders threatening the Jordanian gov't with civil disobedience.
June 5, 2013
After a recent trip to Israel, Naava Mashiah uncovers her intimate thoughts and observations on the depoliticization of her homeland
June 4, 2013
The Jordanian government has blocked more than 280 websites in a crackdown on unlicensed news websites
June 2, 2013
With rumours running rampant over the death of the elderly Saudi King Abdullah, who is believed to be over 90, many questions have been asked in the Kingdom over the state of the Monarchy and who will be next in line for the throne.
May 28, 2013
The Turkish parliament has passed a bill that puts in place certain restrictions and regulations regarding sales and advertising of alcohol. Although criticized by some as “Islamization”, it is a responsible move by the government, argues Mohamed Hemish.