Behind The News

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.

August 1, 2013

A Syrian young man looks up as a government forces fighter jet flies overhead in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 15, 2013. ( DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
11:45 GMT

Those choosing to leave Syria and live as expatriates are choosing ever more expensive-or dangerous- routes to leave their country.

July 28, 2013

Maryam al-Lubad, 10, loves drawing and calligraphy. When she grows up, she wants to be an artist. (Albawaba/J. Zach Hollo)
12:21 GMT

Albawaba takes a look at the lives of a family in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, now home to more than 144,000 Syrians who have fled their country.

July 27, 2013

A Palestinian Salafist holds an Al-Qaeda-affiliated flag during a protest against an amateur film mocking Islam in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on September 14, 2012. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/GettyImages)
13:56 GMT

In the Arab Spring's first few hopeful months, it was believed Al-Qaeda would be rendered obsolete. However with the advent of civil war in Syria and raging violence across the region, the Arab Spring may very well have turned out to be a blessing in disguise for the terrorist group.

July 24, 2013

(Wikimedia Commons)
11:38 GMT

The Chinese Communist Party has been ordering Muslims in the province to eat during the holy month, when they are normally required to fast the month of Ramadan

July 23, 2013

Will the EU's move to blacklist Hezbollah have any real consequences? (source: Wikimedia Commons)
08:16 GMT

Will the EU's move have any real consequences?

July 22, 2013

Birds hover over rubbish at dump on May 29, 2012 in the village of Fahmah, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin, where Palestinian work to recycle waste such as plastics and cardboard to sell to factories in the Palestinian Territories and Israel. (Photo credit should read SAIF DAHLAH/AFP/GettyImages)
05:07 GMT

Will it take environmental concerns to finally bring Israelis and Palestinians together?

July 20, 2013

For Illustrative Purposes (BAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images)
11:23 GMT

Women take to the streets for fashion.

July 17, 2013

Tony Blair, former British Prime Minister has strong faith in Middle East's peace.
16:26 GMT

A long transition in the Middle East is underway, and Tony Blair believes that it is his, and the West's job, to 'sort out' the struggles Arab nations are going through.

July 15, 2013

Al-Nusra Front Flag (courtesy of wikipedia)
14:58 GMT

An in-depth look at the Al-Qaeda linked organizations inside Syria

July 13, 2013

Arab Idol Winner Mohammed Assaf  (AFP/ABBAS MOMANI)
11:22 GMT

Ex Israeli soldier writes a letter to Arab Idol Winner Mohammad Assaf