Behind The News

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.

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?