Behind The News

February 1, 2013

"We are witnessing perhaps the most extreme example of the principle of 'the consent of the governed” actually being implemented.'
10:49 GMT

The good news is that change mostly occurs nonviolently and will keep moving some Arab countries on the slow path to stable democratic republics.

January 30, 2013

Kenyans are often lured with job advertisements in the Gulf and end up suffering abuse (picture used for illustrative purposes only).
09:14 GMT

Two years on from the last time this taboo subject was addressed, East Africans looking for better job opportunities are still being lured into the Gulf and then trapped as sex slaves.

January 28, 2013

Arab women rights
14:06 GMT

An international human rights group is appealing to Jordan's to amend the Citizenship Law, which prevents Jordanian women married to non-Jordanians from passing on their nationality to their spouses and children.

January 27, 2013

Peace talks get their turn at the table in the Middle East's quagmire (image Jordan peace summit, used for illustrative purposes)
08:22 GMT

Yemen has chosen to tackle its political quagmire and potential ongoing turbulence by going to the table for talks. They are due to take up the diplomatic option to cure their ails at their National Dialogue, whose date is still to be determined.

January 24, 2013

Former Iraq Vice President Tareq Aziz.
11:01 GMT

Depressed and ill, Saddam Hussein’s former right-hand man has had enough.

January 23, 2013

Zaki Bani Rashid, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.
09:55 GMT

On the eve of the elections in Jordan, the government's main opposition makes their claim of voter fraud.

January 21, 2013

Gabi Ashkenazi (Getty Images)
11:19 GMT

Ashkenazi had been widely touted as a leader for Israel’s left. But what appears to be a concerted campaign against him by the political elite may stymie any chance of his running for office.

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.