Behind The News
December 24, 2012
The latest, dangerous standoff between Arabs and Kurds has made one thing clear: the “Kurdish question” has now reached another critical stage in its long history, and it is intimately bound up with the regionwide cataclysm that is known as the Arab Spring.
December 22, 2012
Despite misgivings about the United States Middle East foreign policy Arabs still look at the United States for guidance, support and backing against their dictators.
December 19, 2012
Despite economic grievances being at the core of the Syrian uprising, discussion about the future of that country’s economy are largely absent from the debates of the organized political opposition.
December 17, 2012
They might only know his first name but like the most famous revolutionary leaders, this enigmatic toddler has caught to imagination of the Syrian public.
December 15, 2012
As Egypt takes the referendum plunge, on the first day of the poll on the constitution, we see a country divided between Islamists and secular opponents.
December 12, 2012
Russia could be trying to reclaim its sphere of influence in the Middle East via Sudan to mark a return to Cold War battlegrounds from where it can challenge the US.
December 10, 2012
Jabhat al-Nusra, the Jihadist group with the shady Iraqi origins, could be the undoing of the Syrian rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.
December 8, 2012
Has Bashar al-Assad's final dawn broken as rumors are rampant of a planned escape or deadly release of chemical weapons upon a doomed people. A look at the mindset of a desperate man with few options at his disposal.
December 5, 2012
As results in the Corruptions Perceptions Index break, the Arab Springers and the region measures its great expectations against its poor results. Qatar’s corruption rating glows against other Arab members states – but it is the best of a bunch of bad eggs.
December 4, 2012
When once there were dictators flicking the on and off buttons to the region's internet, now Egyptian people-power in taking control.
December 3, 2012
Palestine had already warned those who voted against the UN bid to upgrade its status to non-member observer state that it would take measures to diminish their diplomatic relations. Who has declared themselves distinctly to be no friend of Palestine and should the Palestinian presumed statehood care much? A look at the Czech Republic, Panama and the West Pacific.
November 28, 2012
With accusations flying of Morsi being the new Pharaoh of Egypt and just another American agent in the Palestine triangle of peace, should Morsi hang his ‘hood’ (or tail) between his legs and retreat from the power limelight? Some would have him scuttle back to challenging the rulers as a member of the traditionally opposition-seated Muslim Brotherhood.
November 27, 2012
Palestine intends to re-seek UN statehood on November 29. Their hope is to secure non-member statehood.
November 25, 2012
Suddenly this weekend the media was awash with slurs on Mohammed Morsi and his supposed power greed. It seemed that Egypt needed to officially launch Round 2 of the revolution to free Egypt from the replacement dictator.
November 22, 2012
The less sophisticated Hamas rockets may not have given the Israelis and their Iron Dome a good run for its money or put the anti-missile state of the art system through its paces. While the 'Pillar of Defense' fared quite well in the face of Palestinian rocket fire, it may not come out smelling of roses against a more challenging Hezbollah rocket artillery.