Behind The News

September 8, 2013

Al Qaeda fighters in Syria prepare for battle. (AFP/File)
12:28 GMT

An indepth look into the daily life and politics of a family, whose patriarch is a fighter for the Islamic State in Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS).

September 6, 2013

Israeli settlers harass a Palestinian woman in the West Bank (File)
13:44 GMT

Continuous violence by the IDF against Palestinians is threatening the progress of the recently resumed peace talks between the Palestinians and Israelis.

September 4, 2013

A Turkish muslim woman makes the "Rabia sign" during a rally on August 25, 2013. (AFP)
13:53 GMT

Rami Khouri argues that although the dramatic politics of Syria is playing a crucial role in the region as the world awaits a potential US strike, Egypt's ousting of Morsi and the clashes with the Muslim Brotherhood are much more important.

September 2, 2013

Residents of Beirut's southern suburbs, including relatives of victims of the car bomb on August 15, place flowers on a memorial stand erected in dedication to the victims of the Tripoli bombing, at the site of the bomb that targeted Beirut's southern suburb of Roueiss on August 24, 2013. (AFP)
08:44 GMT

Lebanon, well known for being a hubbub of culture and diversity in the Middle East, is also being increasingly rocked by the spillover from Syria and has been targeted by several violent attacks in the past month that are jeopardising its stability.

August 28, 2013

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama. (AFP/File)
10:28 GMT

Musa Al Gharbi argues that the Western discourse on chemical weapons is increasingly toxic, and that is disquieting that these chemical weapons incidents seem to occur at these critical moments of progress for the Syrian regime.

August 26, 2013

The Israeli flag is seen in front of the Dome of the Rock, in occupied Jerusalem. (Al Bawaba/File)
10:29 GMT

Despite all the regional insecurity and turmoil, Israel has remained an oasis of calm and stability in the Middle East, making it the only beneficiary of the Arab Spring revolutions.

August 23, 2013

UNITED STATES, Washington : Demonstrators calling for help from US President Obama on the Syrian revolution protest in front of the White House late August 21, 2013, in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards
17:41 GMT

The Syrian conflict has attracted jihadists from around the Muslim world. The West and Western-friendly countries fear that with Assad's downfall Syria may befall the same fate as Afghanistan in the 1980s, becoming a safe haven for Islamists and a launchpad for deadly attacks abroad.

August 21, 2013

An Egyptian army armoured vehicle is seen in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo ahead of planned demonstrations on August 18, 2013. (AFP)
12:48 GMT

In the wake of Morsi's ousting and an upswing in violence across Egypt, anti-Americanism is at an all time high. Will the US be able to cling on to its alliance with the troubled country?

August 19, 2013

An Egyptian woman tries to stop a military bulldozer (AFP/MOHAMMED ABDEL MONEIM)
12:22 GMT

Society here seems to hang by a thread. Fighting continues and it is unclear who’s on what side. Checkpoints litter the city. The country is polarized in a way unimaginable.

August 17, 2013

CHINA, Huaibei : This picture taken on August 14, 2013 shows smoke rising from a chimney at a coal chemical factory in Huaibei, east China's Anhui province. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO
13:37 GMT

Sino-Arab Trade has been on a fast track of growth in recent years, partly thanks to the Arab Spring.

August 14, 2013

Nabi Salih's main square is empty for the first Friday since December 2009. (Albawaba/J. Zach Hollo)
12:07 GMT

In 2009, the water spring used by a Palestinian farming community for irrigation was seized by the Israeli military for an Israeli settlement built just over the hill, making life for the Palestinians a fight for survival.

August 12, 2013

Syrian rebels head to the town of Bsankol in the northwestern province of Idlib to join comrades fighting regime forces for the control of the highway that connects Idlib with Latakia on 11 July 2013. (AFP/File)
09:44 GMT

As Syria's sectarian war rages on, the two factions of Al Qaeda, the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq, are struggling to remain unified in the face of leadership disputes.

August 10, 2013

For Illustrative Purposes. PETER KNEFFEL / DPA / AFP
11:02 GMT

Syria has oil and natural gas. But are these reserves vast enough to draw interest- and involvement- from the West?

August 6, 2013

Syran refugee children at Zaatari camp awaiting their turn to play football at a workshop organized by Brazilian  coaches (Al Bawaba)
19:39 GMT

A team of Brazilian football pitches up at Zaatari refugee camp, providing some light relief to those children within the camp. Meanwhile those outside the refugee camps struggle with far less NGO and charity aid.

August 4, 2013

Palestinian protestors shout slogans during a gathering marking "Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day" in Gaza City on August 2, 2013. (AFP)
08:24 GMT

The Palestinian National Authority regularly holds events in Ramallah and across the Gaza Strip in a bid to normalise relations with Israel.