Behind The News

April 29, 2014

Many in the Iraqi Kurdish population dream of some day uniting all Kurds and establishing Kurdistan as an independent state. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT

Iraqi Kurds continue to work towards an independent Kurdish state.

April 27, 2014

Many protesters took to the streets during the 2009 presidential election in what was perhaps the latest massive public display of criticism against the country's government and policies (File Archive/AFP)
14:01 GMT

So-called open, liberal president Hassan Rouhani may now be one of the prominent figures in Iranian politics promoting democracy and reform, but many Iranians are still taking to the streets in protest of the country's continued treatment and torture of opposition figures.

April 25, 2014

Snooping surveillance by the NSA is obvious, but Obama has been secretive over any cyberweapons the U.S. military has (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

A cyberwar seems like a low-cost way to hit the Syrian regime hard. However, the Obama administration is more vulnerable than it seems.

April 23, 2014

Ansar Beit al Maqdis claimed responsibility for an attack on a Korean tourist bus in Sinai. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Ansar Beit al Maqdis has grabbed headlines recently because of increased attacks in Egypt, but much is still unknown about this relatively new terrorist organization.

April 21, 2014

The issue of protest tourism in Palestine gained attention among global audiences following a 2010 Guardian article publication on foreign tourists "frequenting" the demonstration sites on holiday (File Archive/AFP)
09:47 GMT

Protests in occupied Palestine have increasingly become "an attraction" for visiting tourists. Here is one perspective on this controversial development.

April 19, 2014

The group Islamic Jihad was founded in 1987 and receives major funding from Iran. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Recent disagreements between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are deepening the divide between the two organizations.

April 17, 2014

The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt - signed by Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin and witnessed by US president Jimmy Carter in 1979 - turned 35 last month. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
08:00 GMT

Should Sisi be elected as president of Egypt as is generally assumed, he will have to decide whether to go along with the cold peace or to take the bold decision to promote cooperation with Israel for the greater benefit of both countries.

April 15, 2014

America has done its best to keep secret its role in supplying the Syrian armed opposition. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups.

April 13, 2014

A collage of portraits of those missing since Lebanon's civil war. (Image courtesy of The Independent)
07:46 GMT

Relatives of those who disappeared during the civil war want answers and hope that a new commission will help.

April 12, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews have turned out in huge numbers to protest the new law. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

A controversial new bill seeks to force yeshiva students to serve in the Israeli military, but the Ultra-Orthodox community is pushing back.

April 10, 2014

Hezbollah is allegedly facing an economic crisis over its continued role in the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

Hezbollah is facing an economic crisis stemming from its involvement in the Syrian civil war, and budget cuts in Iran as a result of new president Hassan Rouhani's austerity policies, Lebanese sources say.

April 7, 2014

Syrian refugees look out over the expanse of white UNHCR tents at their refugee camp in Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT

Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner' and a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visits a Syrian refugee camp in Kurdish Iraq and is moved by families desperate to provide for themselves and not to be reliant on the generosity of local people.

April 6, 2014

Tunisia's former Islamist leadership stepped down late last year as part of the country's democratic transition process (File Archive/AFP)
08:22 GMT

Tunisia implemented major reforms in late 2013 to set the country on a path of a democratic transformation, but how-if at all-has Tunis progressed in the interim?

April 4, 2014

Tension in the Bahrain-Qatar relationship is rooted in part to tribal conflicts that have been developing for decades (Al Bawaba)
05:00 GMT

Most of the GCC rift conversation has focused on the tense Saudi Arabia-Qatar relationship, but little has been discussed over the Qatar-Bahrain rift.

April 2, 2014

A draft of the law to protest women from domestic violence was first submitted to Lebanon's parliament in 2010 (Joseph Eid/AFP)
08:42 GMT

While the passage of Lebanon's domestic violence protection law Tuesday represents a critical benchmark in the country's rights framework, activists say the new "weak" law that fails to address some key critical issues involved in the debate may add another layer of complication--and violence--to this sensitive topic.