Behind The News
January 7, 2013
What's in a name? The Palestinian Authority has gone all out for a name change following its successful status upgrade at the UN. The 'State of Palestine' as it will now be known has non-member observer status.
January 4, 2013
Behind the shadows, as Islamists work their way to the top of every state institution in the Middle East's largest country, Egyptian nonbelievers wonder if there is room for them under Islamist rule.
January 3, 2013
Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah appealed to the government on Thursday January 3rd to not interfere over the Syria crisis and at the same time to back a political solution to end the months-long conflict in Lebanon’s neighbor.
The polonium-210 link could still surface to tie any number of suspects to a possible murder of Yasser Arafat, but as Israel comes out about other targeted assassinations of Palestinian 'operatives', the signs are not looking favorable for the Jewish state and could poison any credibility. Arafat's rich widow seems to have no qualms with inviting the investigation into her husband's remains whether it means nailing Isarelis or Palestinians in the process.
January 1, 2013
With the crisis in Syria moving into 2013, the question of Russia’s influence on the international circuit has resurfaced. The former Soviet state has been playing its hand in the Arab world with an eye to widening its influence.
December 30, 2012
Massive protests have spread across Iraq with some saying a new state for Sunnis is the end game.
December 27, 2012
When an Al-Jazeera employee resigns over the channel’s alleged biased coverage, we ask is AJ government controlled? While Al-Jazeera has gained a trusted reputation during the Arab uprisings, a Qatar link between state and media could call all its efforts into question.
December 25, 2012
The Pope has taken to his podium to appeal for peace in Syria this Christmas time.
December 24, 2012
The latest, dangerous standoff between Arabs and Kurds has made one thing clear: the “Kurdish question” has now reached another critical stage in its long history, and it is intimately bound up with the regionwide cataclysm that is known as the Arab Spring.
December 22, 2012
Despite misgivings about the United States Middle East foreign policy Arabs still look at the United States for guidance, support and backing against their dictators.
December 19, 2012
Despite economic grievances being at the core of the Syrian uprising, discussion about the future of that country’s economy are largely absent from the debates of the organized political opposition.
December 17, 2012
They might only know his first name but like the most famous revolutionary leaders, this enigmatic toddler has caught to imagination of the Syrian public.
December 15, 2012
As Egypt takes the referendum plunge, on the first day of the poll on the constitution, we see a country divided between Islamists and secular opponents.
December 12, 2012
Russia could be trying to reclaim its sphere of influence in the Middle East via Sudan to mark a return to Cold War battlegrounds from where it can challenge the US.
December 10, 2012
Jabhat al-Nusra, the Jihadist group with the shady Iraqi origins, could be the undoing of the Syrian rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.