Behind The News

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.

November 22, 2012

Did the Iron Drome pass the Hamas test, or will Hezbollah put it through its paces?
13:54 GMT

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.

November 20, 2012

Mark Regev speaks to AlJazeera
13:01 GMT

After Israeli bombs injure six local journalists, Mark Regev speaks to AlJazeera in a highly charged interview.

November 18, 2012

Pillar of cloud (Picture: Crossandcutlass.blogspot.com)
13:59 GMT

As the bitter fighting rages on between Israel and Gaza, both sides have upped the anti on divine justifications and religious mud-slinging in a bid to turn the most recent bloodshed and destruction into a 'holy war'.

November 15, 2012

Mohammed Morsi
14:10 GMT

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood have long since defined themselves as 'staunch supporters' of the Palestinian cause but as Israeli rockets bombarded Gaza last night, leaving its streets in ruins and children for dead, neither Morsi or the Brotherhood were anywhere to be seen.

November 13, 2012

Lebanese-American bombshell, Jill Kelley
12:23 GMT

The U.S. intelligence services are left in tatters after "inappropriate communications" from everyone from Afghanistan Generals to FBI agents are found on Lebanese lady, and social ambassador, Jill Kelley's, computer.

November 11, 2012

Mohammed Dahabi
11:46 GMT

Found guilty of money laundering, abuse of power and embezzlement, Mohammed Dahabi faces 13 years hard labor.

November 8, 2012

Mecca goes to Vegas: the movie, or construction campaign, you didn't order
15:53 GMT

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

Obama takes the victor's spoils in 2012's historic election
08:35 GMT

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

Mitt Romney vies for the Arab world
12:58 GMT

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

Protests in Kuwait last week
14:11 GMT

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's Salafis are still out in force, springing attacks on the Arab Spring government
12:49 GMT

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

The Yarmouk factory in Sudan
10:23 GMT

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

Maghreb Summit
05:54 GMT

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.