Behind The News

October 10, 2012

Romney has hit out at Obama for failing the Middle East
07:27 GMT

White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday delivered a scathing attack on America's failure to lead the world at a time of upheaval, in particular in the Middle East, under the stewardship of President Barack Obama.

October 7, 2012

Hassan Turabi: Islamist Conference 2012, Doha. Photo, courtesy of Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies
19:51 GMT

At a conference in Doha, old school Islamists broach pressing issues on new Islamism in the transitional Arab Spring times. While one Sudanese Islamist tries to avoid dredging up past, there is no skirting the hot topic of Islamism operating in a fledgling democracy post Arab Revolution.

October 6, 2012

Will Jordan's protest fever go further? 'Raghdan' protestors arrive at the downtown venue in Amman's 'Friday to rescue Jordan'
16:49 GMT

Jordan's biggest Friday protest to date has come and gone with less of a fuss than anticipated. Yesterday saw the Muslim Brotherhood make a peaceful stand for serious reform and anti-corruption in the Kingdom that has staved off a real Arab Spring til now.

October 3, 2012

For many, Morsi's debut UN speech confirmed his position as a statesman rather than a politician
14:03 GMT

In the short time he has been in power, Mohammad Morsi - Egypt's first democratically elected president - has covered a lot of ground and taken defiant strides towards a new Egypt, emerging from the rubble of revolution as a statesman.

October 1, 2012

After the Arab-Spring, is Tunisia seeing a lurch to the right?
12:00 GMT

After the indecency charge against an alleged police-rape victim, could the Islamist right in post-Arab spring Tunisia be coming to the fore? Following the election of the Ennahda group, the center-right Islamists, the disparate Salafi grouping is gaining prominence, and many are beginning to wonder if the Ennahda can keep its centrist line and whether there is a sea-change in Tunisian society.

September 27, 2012

Zainab al-Khawaja, Bahrain activist (courtesy of the Times of Ummah)
09:53 GMT

Zainab al-Khawaja, the tweep fighting for her freedom of speech, is jailed in Bahrain after tearing up a picture of Bahrain's King.

September 25, 2012

'Libya will inspire the world": Graffiti from Tripoli (courtesy of Sara Fitouri)
11:37 GMT

The leftover from the revolution are still causing chaos in a country struggling for centralized power.

September 23, 2012

Before and after: The Al-Etehad Gallery in Gaza
13:23 GMT

The last cultural center on Hamas land in Gaza is destroyed under murky circumstances.

September 20, 2012

Hama massacre, 1982
13:43 GMT

When it comes to how he kills his people, Syria's Bashar Al Assad could be undertaking a stealthy and sinister strategy of 'slowly but surely' that runs counter to the vein of 1982's Hama which took out tens of thousands of civilians in one 'raze-to-the-ground' attack.

September 18, 2012

Children walk home from an improvised school in Azaz (AFP)
14:13 GMT

Amidst the violence and bloodshed of Syria, many of the country's children are unable to get back to school this September.

September 16, 2012

One of Zaatari Camp's younger inmates
13:25 GMT

Some go back to avoid the 'prison-like' conditions of the camps while others are just desperate to see some fighting action. We speak to the refugees who are heading back over the border.

September 13, 2012

Terry Jones and his preoccupation with Muslim-hating
14:42 GMT

In a surprisingly unsurprising turn of events, the face that angered Muslims from Egypt through Libya and Yemen and everywhere, is that of the notorious Pastor Terry Jones. He is one man very involved, together with the mystery movie-maker, in the dramatic film affair that offended the Prophet Muhammad and in turn, the Muslim faithful.

September 11, 2012

Yemen is still as explosive as ever 'post'-revolution
13:36 GMT

Yemen is often touted as an Arab Spring success story that has deposed its dictator, and served women some glory, but the reality sees Yemenis are still suffering. To call it change is really to fall for cosmetic change to a regime versus a real departure. Post-revolution Yemen sees the same family in power and a revolution fait-non-accompli.

September 9, 2012

Brotherhood cast aspersions on Jordan's electoral system
15:01 GMT

Another blow for the Jordanian government after a week of upsets now the Brotherhood are making noise about alleged election fraud. Yesterday, they released details of 70,000 forged ID cards.

September 6, 2012

Breaking news networks and corrupting signals
13:04 GMT

Middle Eastern governments exploit their press to plug their own sectarian agenda on and off-screen.