Behind The News

February 27, 2013

The Syrian opposition's National Coalition chief Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib speaks to the press after a meeting at the Egyptian foreign ministry in Cairo.
14:13 GMT

What will a post Assad Syria look like and is there any prospect for a stable country after the old regime crumbles?

February 25, 2013

According to an Islamist source, foreign Jihadi Salafis in Syria are pushing to bring their 'holy war' into neighboring countries (Photo: National Turk)
10:16 GMT

According to an Islamist source, foreign Jihadi Salafists in Syria have begun a push to “expand” their so-called holy war into Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey amidst their ongoing campaign against Damascus.

February 24, 2013

Syrian rebels are armed with foreign-supplied anti-tank weaponry
13:41 GMT

The so-called foreign infiltration of the Syrian conflict is taking a front seat as external forces are throwing their weight behind the rebels to arm Syria's militants, says a Washington Post report.

February 21, 2013

Spinneys CEO Michael Wright categorically denies that he has been removed from his post and that he remains working with the chain
10:21 GMT

Al Akhbar news, a Lebanese daily newspaper, reported in January that Lebanon's Spinneys franchise CEO Michael Wright had been sacked; however the truth is stranger than fiction and Al Bawaba sets the record straight.

February 19, 2013

A hotel brochure and the story of a Palestinian birthright: The Cliff Hotel is built on land the Ayyad family have owned ahead of the very notion of an Israeli state, says a family member.
09:36 GMT

What happens when Israeli “Absentee Property” law deprives the Ayyad Family of a Home-cum-Hotel: a family's struggle to keep hold of the Cliff Hotel -incidentally built on land owned pre-dating the State of Israel's conception- in the face of arbitrary state laws. This is the case of the Cliff Hotel and the 'disappearing' Palestinian birthright.

February 17, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman arrives in the audience room of Jerusalem Magistrate's Court for the opening of his trail. (AFP PHOTO/POOL ARIEL SCHALIT)
13:22 GMT

Promising to quit politics if convicted by the court, Avigdor Lieberman finally answers for his alleged crimes.

February 14, 2013

A Syrian girl stands at the entrance of a makeshift home set up in the catacombs of the ruins of a building in the ancient Roman city of of Serjilla, in northwestern Syria, on Monday. (AFP Photo/Daniel Leal-Olivas)
13:54 GMT

In late January the United Nations raised more than $1.5 billion in just one day’s worth of pledges at their conference in Kuwait. The money was intended for the suffering masses of Syria’s civil war but critics say most of the aid will never reach the rubble-strewn streets of Aleppo, Idlib and Homs.

February 12, 2013

Pope Benedict said in a historic announcement he no longer had the mental and physical strength to run the Roman Catholic Church.
08:57 GMT

Pope Benedict said in a historic announcement he no longer had the mental and physical strength to run the Roman Catholic Church.

February 10, 2013

How the U.S. determines whom drones target became a public question after a drone killed U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was a member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.
12:13 GMT

How the U.S. determines whom drones target became a public question after a drone killed U.S.-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was a member of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

February 6, 2013

Abu Dhabi's judicial department.
10:01 GMT

A group accused of trying to overthrow the UAE government meet with the judge before the start of the public hearing.

February 4, 2013

Ordinary Saudis are turning into the Kingdom's paparazzi.
09:34 GMT

Badria al-Bishr argues that Saudi society is turning into a Kingdom full of amateur paparazzis.

February 1, 2013

"We are witnessing perhaps the most extreme example of the principle of 'the consent of the governed” actually being implemented.'
10:49 GMT

The good news is that change mostly occurs nonviolently and will keep moving some Arab countries on the slow path to stable democratic republics.

January 30, 2013

Kenyans are often lured with job advertisements in the Gulf and end up suffering abuse (picture used for illustrative purposes only).
09:14 GMT

Two years on from the last time this taboo subject was addressed, East Africans looking for better job opportunities are still being lured into the Gulf and then trapped as sex slaves.

January 28, 2013

Arab women rights
14:06 GMT

An international human rights group is appealing to Jordan's to amend the Citizenship Law, which prevents Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians from passing on their nationality to their spouses and children.

January 27, 2013

Peace talks get their turn at the table in the Middle East's quagmire (image Jordan peace summit, used for illustrative purposes)
08:22 GMT

Yemen has chosen to tackle its political quagmire and potential ongoing turbulence by going to the table for talks. They are due to take up the diplomatic option to cure their ails at their National Dialogue, whose date is still to be determined.