Behind The News

June 29, 2013

A Polisario refugee camp in the Western Sahara (Source: Wikimedia)
07:48 GMT

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

From left to right: A March 26, 2013 file photo shows Qatar's Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani attending the opening of the Arab League summit in the Qatari capital Doha, and his son, the new emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani smiling as he arrives in the Bahraini capital of Manama on December 24, 2012. (AFP)
08:55 GMT

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

An angry mob beating in a Shiite village in Zawya Abu Muslam. Four were confirmed dead, but police did manage to save an additional 46. A closer look at the killings reveal the political strife in Egypt. (Source:Hazem Barakat)
08:23 GMT

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

Former Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani smiling as he arrives in the Bahraini capital of Manama, to attend the annual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit (Mohammed Al-Shaikh / AFP)
09:44 GMT

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. Last Friday, Islamists held a mass demonstration in Cairo to denounce violence and show support for the president. (Photo / AFP)
09:28 GMT

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

 A Palestinian youth crawls through a tunnel during a summer physical training camp run by Hamas in Gaza City on June 21, 2013. (Source: AFP/MOHAMMED ABED)
09:34 GMT

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 Abdallah of Jordan regarding the recent decision to block access to roughly 300 news websites within the Kingdom. (Al Bawaba file photo)
13:52 GMT

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

FEMEN impersonators. (Photo courtesy of Al-Akhbar and ST McNeil)
19:13 GMT

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

Noam Chomsky discusses the future of the MidEast (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar / Al Akhbar)
08:53 GMT

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

Kuwaiti protesters set ablaze a picture of Hezbollah's chief Hassan Nasrallah during a protest in front the Lebanese embassy against Hezbollah's and Iran's involvement in Syria on Tuesday. AFP photo
09:41 GMT

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

Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad, 33, is set to be Qatar’s next emir, Al Bawaba Arabic reported.
10:47 GMT

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

Dubai court house
10:19 GMT

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.

June 7, 2013

A Syrian man sits in his tent at the Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border with Jordan in Mafraq in March. AFP Photo
07:00 GMT

Recent clashes at a Maan university caused widespread rioting throughout the southern governorate in April. Now, a recent video showing two dead Maani citizens being kicked by possible policemen has left tribal leaders threatening the Jordanian gov't with civil disobedience.

June 5, 2013

Woman presents a tray of beverages (Getty: image used for illustrative purposes)
10:03 GMT

After a recent trip to Israel, Naava Mashiah uncovers her intimate thoughts and observations on the depoliticization of her homeland

June 4, 2013

Visitors to some news websites in Jordan were greeted with the message "The requested URL is banned at the request of the telecommunication regulatory commission."
09:21 GMT

The Jordanian government has blocked more than 280 websites in a crackdown on unlicensed news websites