Behind The News

October 22, 2013

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.

October 1, 2013

This official White House photograph released on September 27, 2013 shows President Barack Obama talks with President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a phone call. A historic day - but what is driving Rouhani's desire to boost Iran's relations with the US? (AFP)
07:47 GMT

What is the driving force behind Hassan Rouhani's new sickly-sweet diplomacy?

September 25, 2013

A scene of destruction in Homs, showing the spot where the Amal (hope) hospital used to stand. (Photo courtesy of Syria Deeply)
12:21 GMT

Despite the diplomatic war playing out in the UN arena, there is still brutal violence rippling through Syria, ruining the lives of hundreds. Homs has been under siege for nearly 500 days - Syria Deeply looks at the doctors working on the ground in the city.

September 23, 2013

Hostages delivered to safe passage during a siege in Nairobi's mall under Shebab-attack (AFP)
12:36 GMT

With the third day of Nairobi's mall siege of terror upon us, we ask questions about the Israeli connection.

September 22, 2013

The Syrian Revolutionary Youth are continuing peaceful protests across Syria despite the civil war becoming increasingly more brutal.(Getty)
10:48 GMT

The Syrian Revolutionary Youth are a group of young Syrians who are hoping that through continued civil resistance in the face of an increasingly brutal and bitter sectarian war, they will achieve peace in Syria.

September 19, 2013

Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat at the Oslo Accords signing ceremony on 13 September 1993. (File)
08:00 GMT

In the 20 years since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993, Palestinians have diplomatic representation all over the world and are recognised as a people outside of Israeli control. For all their criticism - were they the best thing to happen to Palestine in the last 20 years?

September 17, 2013

Iranian fashion is having a second uprising. (Image via Poosh Facebook page)
09:03 GMT

Women in Iran are swiftly making a name for themselves in the international arena for being fashionable, as they shake off the traditional clothing imposed on them by the Islamic regime.