Behind The News

December 10, 2012

Jabhat al-Nusra (AFP)
09:41 GMT

Jabhat al-Nusra, the Jihadist group with the shady Iraqi origins, could be the undoing of the Syrian rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

December 8, 2012

The question of Bashar al-Assad's fate hangs over the Syrian conflict
15:28 GMT

Has Bashar al-Assad's final dawn broken as rumors are rampant of a planned escape or deadly release of chemical weapons upon a doomed people. A look at the mindset of a desperate man with few options at his disposal.

December 5, 2012

Throughout the Arab Spring, people demanded the end to corruption, but a new report shows much more needs to be done
14:15 GMT

As results in the Corruptions Perceptions Index break, the Arab Springers and the region measures its great expectations against its poor results. Qatar’s corruption rating glows against other Arab members states – but it is the best of a bunch of bad eggs.

December 4, 2012

One of the messages on Egypt's "censored" media sites today
13:11 GMT

When once there were dictators flicking the on and off buttons to the region's internet, now Egyptian people-power in taking control.

December 3, 2012

The red masses who said NO to Palestine's journey to upgrade its place on the UN charter of member-states (Image courtesy of Washington Post)
08:58 GMT

Palestine had already warned those who voted against the UN bid to upgrade its status to non-member observer state that it would take measures to diminish their diplomatic relations. Who has declared themselves distinctly to be no friend of Palestine and should the Palestinian presumed statehood care much? A look at the Czech Republic, Panama and the West Pacific.

November 28, 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood as the old guard of the 1950s
12:45 GMT

With accusations flying of Morsi being the new Pharaoh of Egypt and just another American agent in the Palestine triangle of peace, should Morsi hang his ‘hood’ (or tail) between his legs and retreat from the power limelight? Some would have him scuttle back to challenging the rulers as a member of the traditionally opposition-seated Muslim Brotherhood.

November 27, 2012

Are the Palestinians suckers for punishment? Mahmoud Abbas has nothing to lose if he tries again for statehood
13:04 GMT

Palestine intends to re-seek UN statehood on November 29. Their hope is to secure non-member statehood.

November 25, 2012

The tyranny in Egypt has outlived Mubarak
07:41 GMT

Suddenly this weekend the media was awash with slurs on Mohammed Morsi and his supposed power greed. It seemed that Egypt needed to officially launch Round 2 of the revolution to free Egypt from the replacement dictator.

November 22, 2012

Did the Iron Drome pass the Hamas test, or will Hezbollah put it through its paces?
13:54 GMT

The less sophisticated Hamas rockets may not have given the Israelis and their Iron Dome a good run for its money or put the anti-missile state of the art system through its paces. While the 'Pillar of Defense' fared quite well in the face of Palestinian rocket fire, it may not come out smelling of roses against a more challenging Hezbollah rocket artillery.

November 20, 2012

Mark Regev speaks to AlJazeera
13:01 GMT

After Israeli bombs injure six local journalists, Mark Regev speaks to AlJazeera in a highly charged interview.

November 18, 2012

Pillar of cloud (Picture: Crossandcutlass.blogspot.com)
13:59 GMT

As the bitter fighting rages on between Israel and Gaza, both sides have upped the anti on divine justifications and religious mud-slinging in a bid to turn the most recent bloodshed and destruction into a 'holy war'.

November 15, 2012

Mohammed Morsi
14:10 GMT

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have long since defined themselves as 'staunch supporters' of the Palestinian cause but as Israeli rockets bombarded Gaza last night, leaving its streets in ruins and children for dead, neither Morsi or the Brotherhood were anywhere to be seen.

November 13, 2012

Lebanese-American bombshell, Jill Kelley
12:23 GMT

The U.S. intelligence services are left in tatters after "inappropriate communications" from everyone from Afghanistan Generals to FBI agents are found on Lebanese lady, and social ambassador, Jill Kelley's, computer.

November 11, 2012

Mohammed Dahabi
11:46 GMT

Found guilty of money laundering, abuse of power and embezzlement, Mohammed Dahabi faces 13 years hard labor.

November 8, 2012

Mecca goes to Vegas: the movie, or construction campaign, you didn't order
15:53 GMT

When Mecca goes to Vegas - it's a movie you didn't order. Is there more to the story of a commercial takeover at stake here? The keepers of Islam's most sacred sites in Saudi Arabia are modernizing the historic pilgrimage spots in a process akin to whitewashing history. Is 'Greater Mecca' the product of Saudi's assault on the ancient democratization of Islam?