Behind The News

November 4, 2013

Despite a global image of SUVs and designer brands -- and a World Bank rating to boot -- Saudi Arabia is battling against a rising tide of poverty. (Image via Gulf News)
12:12 GMT

Although the World Bank may have said that Saudi Arabia has the least poverty in the region, the Kingdom is actually host to thousands living in abject poverty and struggling to make ends meet.

November 1, 2013

Local doctors sent videos to reporters showing six deaths caused by malnutrition in a sieged village. The majority of the victims were children (Courtesy of Foreign Policy)
05:00 GMT

Called by some security officials and Assad supporters as the “Starvation until Submission Campaign,” Syrian regime troops are using siege tactics to oust rebels from their stronghold areas, but at a fatal cost to thousands of starving civilians.

October 30, 2013

Women are the key to MENA progress. [indianmuslimobserver]
05:00 GMT

Explore why women need to be on the forward moving bus driving the Middle East out of the stone age.

October 28, 2013

A woman adjusts her makeup amidst the wreckage following August's car bombs in Tripoli. (AFP/File)
06:47 GMT

Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli is rapidly becoming the "mailbox" for concerned Middle Eastern states as they notify their displeasure with their rivals through violence. The once peaceful neighbourhoods of Tripoli are increasingly being drawn into regional conflict as they prepare for a spillover of the Syrian crisis.

October 25, 2013

More than 750,000 Palestinians were displaced at the hands of Zionist forces in 1948 (Courtesy of Wikimedia)
05:00 GMT

Researchers at the Oral History Center at the Islamic University of Gaza are on a quest to record the experiences of Nakba's last witnesses, but time is running out.

October 22, 2013

With over 150,000 slaves, Mauritania has the most number of modern slaves in the world. (Getty)
15:47 GMT

Whoever dreamed that slavery is dead must think again as modern findings reveal a modern slavery scourge afflicting the Middle East as much as other troubled spots of the so-called enlightened globe. Can the Middle East call itself 'civilised' as modern day slavery abounds?

The Green March of 1975 displaced many Sahrawis from Western Sahara into Algerian refugee camps that are now considered some of the oldest and largest refugee camps in the world (Courtesy of Wikimedia)
06:00 GMT

Saharawi Agaila Abba weighs in on the history of Western Sahara and Morocco relations as UN envoy Christopher Ross renews efforts to break a decades-old deadlock between Rabat and the annexed territory's Polisario Front.

October 20, 2013

Saudi Arabia has turned down a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council, citing its inefficiency as the reason why. (Getty Images)
08:12 GMT

On Friday, Riyadh turned down the opportunity to have a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. Why?

October 17, 2013

Women have long been active within Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood but this hasn't translated into leadership roles within the group, which remains hierarchical and male-dominated. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

An in-depth look into the role women play in Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood.

October 15, 2013

Obama speaks on the phonecall to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in September. Although Iran is known for its conservatism, it's the hardliners within the US who are more likely to sabotage peace between Washington and Tehran. (AFP/File)
04:00 GMT

Although Iran is known for its conservatives, the hardline Republican Tea Party in the US is more likely to sabotage renewed peace talks between the US and Iran than their counterparts in Tehran.

October 13, 2013

A woman looks at a Facebook page in Agadir published in support of the three Moroccan teenagers arrested for posting Facebook photos of two of them kissing outside their school in the northern town of Nador last week. (AFP)
12:32 GMT

At a time when the rest of the world is being awarded Nobel Peace prizes, the Middle East is still dealing with archaic issues. Why is it lagging behind so considerably?

October 9, 2013

At least 52 journalists have been killed covering the Syrian conflict. Here, footage from an amateur video shows NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and several colleagues after they were abducted by an armed gang in Syria. (Image via
11:03 GMT

Journalist Bilal Ahmad Bilal has been missing/detained in Syria since 2011. The risk of abduction for journalists in Syria is at an all-time high.

October 7, 2013

An undercover UK investigation revealed that Imams at some of Britain's biggest mosques were willing to marry off girls as young as 14. (Shutterstock)
10:31 GMT

A British investigation has shone a light onto the 'match-making skills' of dozens of Muslim clerics who were caught on camera agreeing to marry of girls as young as 14.

October 5, 2013

New information linking Brahmi's death explicitly to the Islamist-led ruling party Ennahda may reignite the three-month political crisis into a new wave of tension, stalemate and violence (Reuters)
09:36 GMT

Recently leaked secret information from the Brahmi murder investigation points to the Islamist Ennahda movement as responsible for his death, reigniting tensions between the Islamist leaders and the opposition amidst crumbling national dialogue attempts.

October 3, 2013

USAID-funded projects in Palestine have been met with resistance due to the inclusion of terrorism stipulations in the grant conditions which ban any Hamas or PLF-linked individual from participating or receiving support from the project (Courtesy of Lisa Bhungalia/Jadalliya)
09:29 GMT

USAID stipulations are undermining Palestinian resistance movements and development in its territories by requiring aid recipients to sign "terrorism" statements that ban Hamas or PLF-affiliated individuals from receiving aid or services.