Behind The News
November 11, 2012
Found guilty of money laundering, abuse of power and embezzlement, Mohammed Dahabi faces 13 years hard labor.
November 8, 2012
When Mecca goes to Vegas - it's a movie you didn't order. Is there more to the story of a commercial takeover at stake here? The keepers of Islam's most sacred sites in Saudi Arabia are modernizing the historic pilgrimage spots in a process akin to whitewashing history. Is 'Greater Mecca' the product of Saudi's assault on the ancient democratization of Islam?
November 7, 2012
President Barack Obama has got his work cut out for him. Syria and Iran will be pressing foreign agenda concerns to top off the fiscal cliff first stumbling block.
November 6, 2012
If you thought all Arabs were for Obama - think again, says one Arab-American commentator and Romney campaigner. Why Arabs might want to consider going the Mitt Romney way. He's good for business interests and keen to understand Arabs. He's from a religious minority himself...
November 4, 2012
Jordan might be struggling to quell opposition in its own Kingdom but that hasn’t stopped those in power from meddling in Kuwait's affairs, according to recent leaks from Saudi Arabia's infamous whistle-blowing tweep.
November 1, 2012
Tunisia is still tottering on the edge of crisis as a power struggle between moderate Islamists and Salafis vying for control takes hold. Armed Islamists were out wreaking havoc and threatening the progress of supposedly seasoned Arab Springer Tunisia this week, forcing the pioneer country to resort to the retrograde old-regime's 'state of emergency' default line.
October 30, 2012
What started as a rumor, is confirmed as true after security sources give details of the Israeli strike on the Iranian arms factory in Sudan.
October 29, 2012
Is North Africa trying to mount a Moorish re-awakening, uniting a traditional alliance, emboldened by the Arab Spring? This year revived the cycle of the Maghreb Summit and put the Moorish or Maghrabi question on the Arab table. It looks unlikely to be a force to reckon with, and more a redundant alliance of North Africa's Arab Belt.
October 24, 2012
The Emirate saw it's biggest ever protests this week. The Emir has been keen to play down their significance but the 'small' number have already led to plans for reform in the Kingdom.
October 22, 2012
It may have started as an occasion for mourning but the funeral of Lebanon's intelligence chief quickly descended into the Sunni/Shia maelstrom just under the surface of Lebanese society.
October 19, 2012
In light of today's Sassine Square east Beirut bomb blast, perhaps Lebanese tourism minister would like to reconsider his threat to sue US TV makers of 'Homeland' for their disparaging depiction of a barbaric Beirut with friendly Hamra ruled by war mobs and Hezbollah.
October 18, 2012
According to the UAE's laws, a woman having sex outside of marriage can be imprisoned and a child out of wedlock will be used as evidence against them.
October 16, 2012
While Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai pulls through her critical condition caused by her country's Taliban attack, Imran Khran makes a Jihad gaff unbefitting a politician of his stature.
October 14, 2012
The IMF and World Bank has been holding its annual meeting this weekend, but with all eyes on what Christine Lagarde and what she'll say with regards to the Eurozone crisis, attention is being diverted away from the new wave of involvement in the Middle East
October 12, 2012
Clashes erupted in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Friday as supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi tried to wrest control of the iconic square in rival rallies.