Behind The News

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

June 2, 2013

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
18:23 GMT

With rumours running rampant over the death of the elderly Saudi King Abdullah, who is believed to be over 90, many questions have been asked in the Kingdom over the state of the Monarchy and who will be next in line for the throne.

May 28, 2013

Efes will no longer be able to advertise in Turkey under the 'booze law'
09:55 GMT

The Turkish parliament has passed a bill that puts in place certain restrictions and regulations regarding sales and advertising of alcohol. Although criticized by some as “Islamization”, it is a responsible move by the government, argues Mohamed Hemish.

May 25, 2013

One among too many who have turned ignorance into hatred, Islamophobic Anders Behring Breivik killed over 70 people through terror attacks in 2011 in Norway.
05:00 GMT

Interfaith dialogue could help bridge the widening gap between the West and the Muslim world.

May 22, 2013

Syrian refugee children play in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.
08:52 GMT

Over the last few days, UNHCR has reported the flow of Syrian refugees entering Jordan has reached 'almost zero'. Jordanian, Syrian and international sources have given contradictory reports as to why.

May 20, 2013

Algerian footballer clashes with an opponent on the field
12:12 GMT

The Arab nation has a rich history of football meshing with politics and the latest soccer-related protests could be a sign of things to come on the streets

May 18, 2013

Morsi's looks won't be enough to win Saudi Arabia over.
05:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia keeps Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood at an arm's length in spite of its open support to Arab Islamist movements.

First to fight, first to suffer. Where did the Syrian women's revolution go?
05:00 GMT

Calling a spade a spade, it's rape not a Holy War.

May 16, 2013

The bodies of two Palestinian children get carried to the mosque by family members. This shot won Paul Hansen the 2012 World Press Photo award. Source: Tumblr.
14:18 GMT

The only fake thing about the 2012 World Press Photo of the Year proves to be the rumor around it.

May 15, 2013

Poster from Saudi Arabia's first anti-domestic violence campaign
10:25 GMT

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

Female protestors in Aleppo, Syria (AFP)
10:34 GMT

"Sustainable peace is impossible without deliberately engaging women" writes Leigh Cuen

May 12, 2013

Palestinians demonstrate at Al Aqsa mosque following Friday prayers outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Old City on Friday, May 10. AFP Photo
12:35 GMT

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

Egged on by communal acceptance, mob killings of alleged criminals have been spreading across rural areas of Egypt amid a chronic security vacuum and a surging crime rate. (Photo: Earth Zebra) - Photo used for illustrative purposes -
13:49 GMT

Videos of brutal public executions have become increasingly common in Egypt. Experts say lynching phenomenon could spread to major cities.

May 6, 2013

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah with Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
10:21 GMT

A nuclear ambitious Iran surely won't stand alone against a possible US-Israeli strike

May 5, 2013

Authorities responded by targeting the media, in particular social media, given its ability to respond immediately to the uprisings’ day-to-day events.
12:51 GMT

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.