Behind The News

October 24, 2012

His Highness Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
13:03 GMT

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

One of the mourners holds a picture of Hassan (left) with Rafiq Hariri (right): (picture courtesy of Hasan Shaaban/Daily Star)
10:19 GMT

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

Starbucks cafe, Sassine Square, Achrafieh Beirut
16:48 GMT

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

Baby Maryam
13:49 GMT

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

Protests in Islamabad today
13:56 GMT

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

Can Arab Spring economies face up to the IMF and World Bank?
14:34 GMT

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 erupt in Cairo's Tahrir Square (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
18:46 GMT

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.

October 10, 2012

Kuwaiti police get heavy handed with the Bedoon protest October, 2012
15:35 GMT

The powerless 'bedoon' of Kuwait wage a mini-campaign to compel the United Sates, still superpower, to intervene in their cause and crisis. Their demand hinges about conferring on them their long-desired right to citizenship and ensuring their detained members be released.

Romney has hit out at Obama for failing the Middle East
07:27 GMT

White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday delivered a scathing attack on America's failure to lead the world at a time of upheaval, in particular in the Middle East, under the stewardship of President Barack Obama.

October 7, 2012

Hassan Turabi: Islamist Conference 2012, Doha. Photo, courtesy of Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies
19:51 GMT

At a conference in Doha, old school Islamists broach pressing issues on new Islamism in the transitional Arab Spring times. While one Sudanese Islamist tries to avoid dredging up past, there is no skirting the hot topic of Islamism operating in a fledgling democracy post Arab Revolution.

October 6, 2012

Will Jordan's protest fever go further? 'Raghdan' protestors arrive at the downtown venue in Amman's 'Friday to rescue Jordan'
16:49 GMT

Jordan's biggest Friday protest to date has come and gone with less of a fuss than anticipated. Yesterday saw the Muslim Brotherhood make a peaceful stand for serious reform and anti-corruption in the Kingdom that has staved off a real Arab Spring til now.

October 3, 2012

For many, Morsi's debut UN speech confirmed his position as a statesman rather than a politician
14:03 GMT

In the short time he has been in power, Mohammad Morsi - Egypt's first democratically elected president - has covered a lot of ground and taken defiant strides towards a new Egypt, emerging from the rubble of revolution as a statesman.

October 1, 2012

After the Arab-Spring, is Tunisia seeing a lurch to the right?
12:00 GMT

After the indecency charge against an alleged police-rape victim, could the Islamist right in post-Arab spring Tunisia be coming to the fore? Following the election of the Ennahda group, the center-right Islamists, the disparate Salafi grouping is gaining prominence, and many are beginning to wonder if the Ennahda can keep its centrist line and whether there is a sea-change in Tunisian society.

September 27, 2012

Zainab al-Khawaja, Bahrain activist (courtesy of the Times of Ummah)
09:53 GMT

Zainab al-Khawaja, the tweep fighting for her freedom of speech, is jailed in Bahrain after tearing up a picture of Bahrain's King.

September 25, 2012

'Libya will inspire the world": Graffiti from Tripoli (courtesy of Sara Fitouri)
11:37 GMT

The leftover from the revolution are still causing chaos in a country struggling for centralized power.