Behind The News

May 23, 2012

Voting for Egypt's next president: violations, infringements on Election Day 1
18:42 GMT

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

Sahar defending the boy from the Israeli soldier
14:29 GMT

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

Mohamed Mursi goes for broke
14:38 GMT

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

Will this bond between Gulf partners be till death do them part?
14:36 GMT

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

Presidential candidate and former Arab League Secretary General Amr Mussa (R) and moderate Islamist candidate, Abdelmoneim Abul Fotouh, during a live debate in Cairo.
14:22 GMT

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

In Mexico, decapitated, disemboweled bodies are strewn publicly to warn those interfering with drug cartels.
12:45 GMT

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

Turkey looms large over the Middle East with Ottoman intent
12:05 GMT

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

Begin (R) and Sadat (L) meet with Carter at Camp David
03:14 GMT

What do each of 11 presidential candidates think of peace with Israel? Egypt's presidential candidates' stance on Camp David.

May 1, 2012

Osama Bin Laden has been dead for a year and the US couldn't be happier
15:27 GMT

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

Azerbaijan cosies up to Israel
09:22 GMT

As ties between Azerbaijan and Israel blossom, there is a growing concern in the transregional playing field.

April 27, 2012

Saudi youth are losing hope and succumbing to despair, with the rise in suicide figures. (Image source Shawn Baldwin, for the New York Times)
14:01 GMT

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

Headquarters of the state-owned Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) in Cairo
11:49 GMT

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

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum: Is the UAE colluding with the Lebanese 'State'?
13:33 GMT

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 Kamil al-Maliki
15:02 GMT

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

Left wing Israeli activists are arrested by Israeli police as they demonstrate in favor of the 'Welcome to Palestine' fly-in protest.
15:25 GMT

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.