Behind The News

May 5, 2013

Authorities responded by targeting the media, in particular social media, given its ability to respond immediately to the uprisings’ day-to-day events.
12:51 GMT

Gulf countries always fail the freedom of the press test, as seen with the 2013 World Press Freedom Index issued by Reporters Without Borders. Although these countries are wealthy and boast the trappings of modern states, they continue to rank at the bottom.

April 30, 2013

An Israeli solider stands by iconic Banksy grafitti on the Israeli separation barrier that runs through Bethlehem. Getty Photo
11:59 GMT

On the eve of Israeli President Shimon Peres' visit to Italy, Palestinian Christians delivered an open letter to Pope Francis urging him to oppose the potential construction of a barrier through the lands of Beit Jala in Bethlehem

April 28, 2013

The parents of the suspected Boston bombers, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, speak with journalists a news conference in Makhachkala on April 25 (AFP)
12:53 GMT

Russian intelligence services secretly recorded phone calls between Tamerlan and his mother, in which he vaguely discussed jihad

April 25, 2013

US President Barack Obama watches as Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani speaks to the media (Jewel Samad/ AFP)
09:14 GMT

US President Barack Obama's declaration that evidence of chemical weapons use in Syria would be a "game changer" could soon be tested, after the French, British and Israeli governments claim they have seen evidence

April 24, 2013

A Palestinian woman outside the al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem
13:43 GMT

Negotiated by Jordan, Palestine, Israel and the US, the deal will allow UNESCO experts into the Old City of Jerusalem to investigate the status of conservation and heritage

April 22, 2013

Cleric Abu Qatada (image used for illustrative purposes)
15:40 GMT

In some countries you can be executed for being an infidel apostasy, blasphemy, and proselytization remain on the books in many Arab countries. In Saudi Arabia for example, a person who renounces Islam, an apostate, can be executed for his or her “crime.”

April 20, 2013

The Sunni-Shia divide is becoming more pronounced, but what will be the future for the region?
13:04 GMT

As the Sunni-Shia divide becomes increasingly more pronounced in the conflict in Syria, and sectarian violences regularly flares up in Iraq and Bahrain, what is the future of the two branches of Islam and the Middle East?

April 16, 2013

A woman reacts after two explosions rock the Boston Marathon (AFP/ Alex Trautwig)
16:28 GMT

After the deplorable attacks at Monday's Boston Marathon, will Americans empathize more with Iraqi and Syrian bombing victims

U.S. immigration bill (image courtesy of Zee TV)
13:21 GMT

In light of Boston's marathon race tragedy, U.S. senators have delayed the the bill to overhaul the country's immigration system and put 11 million unauthorized immigrants on a path to citizenship.

April 15, 2013

Close up of door of Sultan Barquq's mosque after the decorative knocker bearing his name was stolen in September 2012 (Stop the Heritage Drain)
13:24 GMT

Campaign to "stop the heritage drain" is fighting to keep Egypt's priceless antiquities where they belong

April 13, 2013

Image of the destruction in the Salaheddine district of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on April 12, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF)
08:42 GMT

According to an article by the Times newspaper, the military scientists have collected soil samples as evidence.

April 11, 2013

The death penalty is a polarizing practice
15:27 GMT

The Middle East is a hotbed of war and executions. The top 6 death penalty operating countries include Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Almost 99 per cent of executions in the region were in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Yemen.

April 9, 2013

Margaret Thatcher sits down with King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia at 10 Downing Street, London
13:55 GMT

Remembering the Iron Lady from an Arab point of view: What Thatcher did for Kuwaitis and the oil rich region.

April 8, 2013

Leila Ben Ali: passe partout
16:33 GMT

Leila Trabelsi the former First Lady of Tunisia remembered less fondly as power mongering Lady Macbeth apparently threatened to kill her son in cold blood if her husband divorced her as per his resignation speech in original draft.

April 6, 2013

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI)
08:36 GMT

According to sources in Fatah, President Abbas is looking to axe his PM without him knowing about it.