Behind The News

December 25, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI declaims to his Christmas audience
20:45 GMT

The Pope has taken to his podium to appeal for peace in Syria this Christmas time.

December 24, 2012

Kurdish fighter on patrol in Syria. (AFP)
11:58 GMT

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

A deserving president?
11:50 GMT

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

A lack of post-war planning could keep the Syrian economy in a dire situation for longer than necessary
11:04 GMT

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

Omar, the revolutionary toddler
13:28 GMT

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

Egypt is a society divided by Morsi's moves and the referendum
11:32 GMT

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 may be gunning for superpower influence
12:22 GMT

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 (AFP)
09:41 GMT

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

The question of Bashar al-Assad's fate hangs over the Syrian conflict
15:28 GMT

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

Throughout the Arab Spring, people demanded the end to corruption, but a new report shows much more needs to be done
14:15 GMT

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

One of the messages on Egypt's "censored" media sites today
13:11 GMT

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

The red masses who said NO to Palestine's journey to upgrade its place on the UN charter of member-states (Image courtesy of Washington Post)
08:58 GMT

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

The Muslim Brotherhood as the old guard of the 1950s
12:45 GMT

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

Are the Palestinians suckers for punishment? Mahmoud Abbas has nothing to lose if he tries again for statehood
13:04 GMT

Palestine intends to re-seek UN statehood on November 29. Their hope is to secure non-member statehood.

November 25, 2012

The tyranny in Egypt has outlived Mubarak
07:41 GMT

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.