Behind The News

May 20, 2013

Algerian footballer clashes with an opponent on the field
12:12 GMT

The Arab nation has a rich history of football meshing with politics and the latest soccer-related protests could be a sign of things to come on the streets

May 18, 2013

Morsi's looks won't be enough to win Saudi Arabia over.
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia keeps Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood at an arm's length in spite of its open support to Arab Islamist movements.

First to fight, first to suffer. Where did the Syrian women's revolution go?
05:00 GMT

Calling a spade a spade, it's rape not a Holy War.

May 16, 2013

The bodies of two Palestinian children get carried to the mosque by family members. This shot won Paul Hansen the 2012 World Press Photo award. Source: Tumblr.
14:18 GMT

The only fake thing about the 2012 World Press Photo of the Year proves to be the rumor around it.

May 15, 2013

Poster from Saudi Arabia's first anti-domestic violence campaign
10:25 GMT

The ad is meant to define domestic violence in Saudi Arabia as being a social issue and divert attention from the government’s lack of laws that protect women, writes Mohamed Hemish about a new Saudi campaign on domestic violence.

May 13, 2013

Female protestors in Aleppo, Syria (AFP)
10:34 GMT

"Sustainable peace is impossible without deliberately engaging women" writes Leigh Cuen

May 12, 2013

Palestinians demonstrate at Al Aqsa mosque following Friday prayers outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, May 10. AFP Photo
12:35 GMT

In the aftermath of Israeli violations at Al Haram Al Sharif in East Jerusalem on Wednesday such as the obstruction of prayers and the arrest of the Grand Mufti, Jordan has taken immediate action to try and hold Israel responsible for its actions.

May 8, 2013

Egged on by communal acceptance, mob killings of alleged criminals have been spreading across rural areas of Egypt amid a chronic security vacuum and a surging crime rate. (Photo: Earth Zebra) - Photo used for illustrative purposes -
13:49 GMT

Videos of brutal public executions have become increasingly common in Egypt. Experts say lynching phenomenon could spread to major cities.

May 6, 2013

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah with Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
10:21 GMT

A nuclear ambitious Iran surely won't stand alone against a possible US-Israeli strike

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.”