Behind The News
February 4, 2014
The Daily Star talks to Beirutis shortly after a suicide bomber blew up a bus in the Shoueifat.
February 2, 2014
Jihadists and terrorism in Europe is far from new. In fact, some may argue that trends of young jihadists going to the Middle East from the EU is similar to migration in the 1970s of young left radicals flocking to MENA in solidarity with the "Anti-Imperialist International Struggle."
January 30, 2014
Destroying Syria's cultural landmarks have been used tactically by both sides to decrease the country's internal cohesion and identity, undermine the opponent's power, and "rewrite the history" of Syria for the future by removing all reminders of the past, but it has also been a lucrative industry and not just Syrians are involved....
January 28, 2014
Christopher Dekki argues that the attempts of many to balkanize Syria will result in a power vaccum in the already unstable Middle East.
January 26, 2014
While many diplomats and organizations refer to them in mass numbers, a solution to be solved and other crisis jargon, refugees weigh in on their perspectives and opinions of Syria talks in Geneva.
January 21, 2014
Was the Geneva 2 Iran drama a premeditated idea by the usual suspects to derail Syrian peace efforts, or is there more to the story?
January 19, 2014
The only way to end the Syrian civil war may be for the Islamic world to unite against the violence on political, economic and social fronts, says one analyst.
January 14, 2014
On its third anniversary, what is left for the Arab Spring?
January 12, 2014
How will Ariel Sharon's political activity be remembered throughout the Middle East and will it have implications for future diplomacy between Israel and the rest of the Arab world going forward?
January 9, 2014
The United States' double standard policies in Syria and Iraq may undermine its ability and influence in the global fight against Al Qaeda and in the Middle East more generally.
January 7, 2014
Al Qaeda was not always a worldwide terrorist group. Here is the story behind how a small services office in Afghanistan transformed into its notorious status today.
January 5, 2014
The series of car bombs throughout the Middle East in recent weeks are just not independent, random acts. Rather, the increase in violent chaos throughout the region may imply a weakening or shift away from meaningful diplomacy to resolve conflicts nationally, regionally, and internationally.
January 2, 2014
With all the protests and violent crackdowns reported around Egypt's Al Azhar University, we take a look at what's really going on among the walls of the the world's oldest Islamic learning institution.
December 31, 2013
Irrespective of the strife and conflict they have been through, most Lebanese people desperately want to believe the famed signer Fairuz when she sings: Even in your madness I love you (Lebanon)/because your love /gathers us together /when we are dispersed. However, following the bombing of Mohamad Chatah on December 27, one wonders if their faith in a unified Lebanon will survive yet another round of violence.
December 27, 2013
The assassination of former Finance Minister and advisor to Hariri Mohammed Chatah drew widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum on Friday as officials and politicians mourned the loss of a “moderate” voice.