Behind The News
May 15, 2013
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
"Sustainable peace is impossible without deliberately engaging women" writes Leigh Cuen
May 12, 2013
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
Videos of brutal public executions have become increasingly common in Egypt. Experts say lynching phenomenon could spread to major cities.
May 6, 2013
A nuclear ambitious Iran surely won't stand alone against a possible US-Israeli strike
May 5, 2013
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
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
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'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
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
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.”
April 20, 2013
As the Sunni-Shia divide becomes increasingly more pronounced in the conflict in Syria, and sectarian violences regularly flares up in Iraq and Bahrain, what is the future of the two branches of Islam and the Middle East?
April 16, 2013
After the deplorable attacks at Monday's Boston Marathon, will Americans empathize more with Iraqi and Syrian bombing victims
In light of Boston's marathon race tragedy, U.S. senators have delayed the the bill to overhaul the country's immigration system and put 11 million unauthorized immigrants on a path to citizenship.
April 15, 2013
Campaign to "stop the heritage drain" is fighting to keep Egypt's priceless antiquities where they belong