Behind The News
July 3, 2013
Controversial decision by UK's Channel 4 to broadcast the call to prayer, every morning for the duration of Ramadan, has already provoked strong reactions from the British media
July 1, 2013
Jordan mourns an honorable diplomat, Anmar Hmoud, Spokesperson for Syrian Refugee Affairs
June 30, 2013
Egypt is anticipating its biggest wave of protests since the January 25 Revolution, this time calling for Islamist President Morsi to step down and for early presidential elections. Here is a breakdown of the opposition and Brotherhood's plans for June 30.
June 29, 2013
Rakiya Eddarhem is a Sahrawi and a Member of Morocco’s Parliament. Here she tells her story about what has been called "Africa's last colony". A fundamental misconception, she argues.
June 27, 2013
Now that Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani has handed power to his son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will Qatar start affording the liberties it champions overseas to its tribal society?
June 26, 2013
When an Egyptian Salafist recently described the presence of Shiites in Egypt as “more dangerous than naked women,” a cautious, yet sardonic wave of anger from both his supporters and critics was immediately unleashed.
June 25, 2013
Sheikh Tamim Bin Al Thani has inherited the Qatari leadership
June 24, 2013
Political and activist groups opposed to Islamist President Mohamed Morsi are planning mass protests on June 30 to call for the president’s ouster. Experts say that a violent showdown between protesters and the military is a strong possibility.
June 22, 2013
Recent rumors depict the Hezbollah-Hamas partnership as deteriorating under the weight of the war in Syria.
June 20, 2013
Reporters Without Borders has called out King Abdullah of Jordan regarding the Kingdom's recent decision to block access to roughly 300 news websites.
June 18, 2013
Since the end of former 'dictator' Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's rule in Tunisia, the country has become increasingly chaotic, with fierce dialogue raging over the constitution and the law coming down hard on rappers and FEMEN activists.
June 16, 2013
American academic Noam Chomsky gives his views on the changing shape of the Middle East in an interview with Al-Akhbar's Maha Zaraket
June 12, 2013
The Lebanese Shiite party Hezbollah, has proved through its involvement in the Syrian conflict, that it has chosen religion (sect) over the Lebanese state. This choice has already had serious consequences, and may cause an all-out civil war in the Levant.
June 10, 2013
Shekih Tamim Bin Hamad, the 33-year-old Qatar crown prince and son of current emir Khalifa Al Thani, is set to be Gulf's next emir. Meanwhile, the current prime minister and cousin of Hamad is said to be stepping down.
June 9, 2013
What began as a mildly worded petition calling for moderate political reform in March 2011 has manifested into a situation that has cultivated an ever growing political opposition.