Behind The News
May 23, 2012
Egypt's historic presidential elections got off to a sound start. But the pioneering democratic elections of such a populous nation were bound to include a few sparks and incidents. Intimidation, dodgy posters and rule-bending were around every corner if you looked.
May 22, 2012
In an extraordinary turn of events, an Israeli woman became a true Palestinian heroine after coming to the rescue of one boy facing the barrel of an Israeli gun, Al Bawaba reports...
May 20, 2012
The Muslim Brotherhood is facing a crisis in image -- Which way should they spin their Doctor Mohamed Mursi? Do they emphasizing his conservative credentials or bill him as the new face of the MB that is palatable to the West.
May 15, 2012
Gulf Arab countries will continue discussions on a possible union of six nations but any such plan will take time, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal said on Monday.
May 13, 2012
Cairo Egyptians crowded around television sets in outdoor cafes for the first of its kind televised presidential debate. Aired Thursday on several independent TV channels, the four-hour debate was a startling new experiment for Egypt after nearly 30 years of authoritarian rule under President Hosni Mubarak, ousted last year after a wave of protests.
May 9, 2012
Hasan Ali Asaad Alwat, 50, a prominent drug dealer, his mother-in-law, and their Ethiopian domestic worker were killed in the city of Hermel, in the Bekkaa valley of Lebanon. Is this a warning to Lebanon's drug Lords in a stye more often associated with drug cartels in Mexico?
May 7, 2012
A new Middle East could be at risk of becoming 'Ottomanized' by a Turkey with an appetite for returning to its supreme reign of the region. Not greater Israel, but Turkey's expansionism could be the real threat for the Arab world.
May 6, 2012
What do each of 11 presidential candidates think of peace with Israel? Egypt's presidential candidates' stance on Camp David.
May 1, 2012
A legacy sheathed in clouds, not dispersed a year later: A year after the killing of Osama bin Laden, some feel that the man's mysterious ways live on after his death.
April 30, 2012
As ties between Azerbaijan and Israel blossom, there is a growing concern in the transregional playing field.
April 27, 2012
Suicide has become a troubling phenomenon in Saudi Arabia, particularly among young people. Is this due to societal or economical root causes?
April 25, 2012
Peace, not gas: The provision of under-priced natural gas to Israel under the Mubarak government has long been fuel for public anger, but critics predict that the new powers will not permanently sever the old deals. Could this be SCAF's way of making a good-will exit with regard to the people?
April 24, 2012
A new wave of deportations of Lebanese nationals living in the UAE is underway, following the collective expulsion of a number of families in 2009. Is this a collaboration between the Emiratis and 'Lebanon' against Hezbollah?
April 22, 2012
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki on Friday branded Turkey a "hostile state" with a sectarian agenda, the latest in bitter exchanges between the regional neighbors.
April 18, 2012
More than 40 pro-Palestinian activists reached Tel Aviv's international airport yesterday as part of an attempted "fly-in", only to be detained as Israel denied them entry and scrambled to stop other campaigners boarding flights in Europe.