Behind The News

January 20, 2013

Abdul Rahman al-Nigeri reportedly lead the hostage-taking operation at the BP oil facility in In Aménas, Algeria (AFP PHOTO / SITE INTELLIGENCE GROUP / ANI)
13:23 GMT

Al-Qaeda-linked militants, who kidnapped hundreds of workers at a gas plant in the Algerian desert, said they were after “crusaders” and not Algerian nationals, one of the released hostages told Al Arabiya in an interview on Saturday.

January 16, 2013

French army soldiers stand on armoured vehicles as they leave Bamako. (AFP PHOTO /ERIC FEFERBERG)
06:42 GMT

Harking back to their colonial powers, France sends in the troops to Mali but have the African Union missed their mark on making a difference in the region?

January 14, 2013

The pigeon has been taken into custody to make sense of the microfilm.
11:29 GMT

A pigeon, found carrying a written message on one foot and a microfilm on the other, is taken in by authorities.

January 11, 2013

Lebanon's President is flying in style and that doesn't come cheap.
09:00 GMT

Sneaky peak at the Lebanese President's globetrotting that cost the taxpayers almost $9 million dollars.

January 10, 2013

Lod's downtown as another side of Arab town is under invasion by a new ultra Jewish settlement
08:53 GMT

Unlike traditional settler ideologies that target the West Bank or East Jerusalem, this new brand of 'settlement' as viewed by the usurped Arab communities of Lod is striking at the core of Israel and its Arab members. Is this a new Israeli invasion of their state when ultra Jewish families visit a touch of settler strategy to the Arab side of their town?

January 7, 2013

The PA has rebranded itself to the State of Palestine
14:41 GMT

What's in a name? The Palestinian Authority has gone all out for a name change following its successful status upgrade at the UN. The 'State of Palestine' as it will now be known has non-member observer status.

January 4, 2013

Is there room for atheists in Egypt?
06:00 GMT

Behind the shadows, as Islamists work their way to the top of every state institution in the Middle East's largest country, Egyptian nonbelievers wonder if there is room for them under Islamist rule.

January 3, 2013

Hassan Nasrallah waxes lyrical on Syria
16:29 GMT

Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah appealed to the government on Thursday January 3rd to not interfere over the Syria crisis and at the same time to back a political solution to end the months-long conflict in Lebanon’s neighbor.

Is this the nail in the coffin for Israel? Yasser Arafat's grave secret could be poisonous to the Jewish state
09:55 GMT

The polonium-210 link could still surface to tie any number of suspects to a possible murder of Yasser Arafat, but as Israel comes out about other targeted assassinations of Palestinian 'operatives', the signs are not looking favorable for the Jewish state and could poison any credibility. Arafat's rich widow seems to have no qualms with inviting the investigation into her husband's remains whether it means nailing Isarelis or Palestinians in the process.

January 1, 2013

The Chechen link to Syria rears its Muslim beard
09:33 GMT

With the crisis in Syria moving into 2013, the question of Russia’s influence on the international circuit has resurfaced. The former Soviet state has been playing its hand in the Arab world with an eye to widening its influence.

December 30, 2012

Iraqi protestors call for the release of prisoners they allege were arrested on sectarian grounds by Iraq's Shiite-led authorities during a demonstration in Ramadi, Anbar's provincial capital, on Friday. (AFP)
08:54 GMT

Massive protests have spread across Iraq with some saying a new state for Sunnis is the end game.

December 27, 2012

Al Jazeera news network comes under scrutiny
13:23 GMT

When an Al-Jazeera employee resigns over the channel’s alleged biased coverage, we ask is AJ government controlled? While Al-Jazeera has gained a trusted reputation during the Arab uprisings, a Qatar link between state and media could call all its efforts into question.

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.