Behind The News

May 22, 2014

Fatah and Hamas signed the unity government deal in late April (File Archive/AFP)
09:38 GMT

The United States' tentative support for the soon-to-be-formed Palestinian unity government may change the power politics between Washington and the Middle East more than anticipated.

May 20, 2014

Some separatist groups want the country split into multiple regions. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

Will Libya's relentless militias pull the country into total chaos?

May 18, 2014

Pro-Assad militias, the National Defense Force and the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party, clashes in Homs this week leaving one person dead (File Archive/AFP)
08:22 GMT

While Syria's regime forces may appear to be gaining the upper hand in the country's ongoing civil war, recent clashes between pro-Assad allies in Homs this week may undermine Assad more than anticipated.

May 16, 2014

An elderly Palestinian man marches during a Nakba rally, holding a key to the home he was expelled from in 1948 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Nakba destroyed thousands of lives. As the 66th year is commemorated, Palestinians reflect sadly, while Israelis rejoice.

May 14, 2014

Sanaa launched an offensive against AQAP strongholds in the south in late April (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The present government offensive on Al Qaeda in Yemen, in conjunction with U.S. drone strikes may pose as a very dangerous threat to the country's future if such actions alienate the Yemeni public at large who are becoming extremely critical of Sanaa's policies.

May 12, 2014

Approximately 32% of Saudi Arabia's population is under the age of 15, representing one of the largest groups that use social media tools (File Archive)
08:36 GMT

Saudi Arabia's youth are using a powerful tool to launch campaigns advocating for change in the Kingdom: social media. While the latter is an-all-too-familiar story, KSA authorities are finding themselves at a crossroads-and dilemma-on how to deal with this new rise in Saudi digital activism. Could the call for freedom and good governance overpower the KSA leadership?

May 10, 2014

Lebanon's army sit in tanks in Tripoli following clashes (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon's army implemented the "security plan" in Bekaa Valley and Tripoli during April. Many frontline commanders were arrested during operations. But there's more than meets the eye.

May 8, 2014

Boko Haram has abducted more than 200 schoolgirls this month (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Boko Haram has been making headlines this week after the Al Qaeda-inspired group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. So who is this so-called "Islamist extremist" group?

May 6, 2014

Rouhani promised to be a progressive voice in Iran's government. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT

Iran's women and minorities were hopeful as they watched Rouhani take office, but has Rouhani helped make Iran's government more inclusive?

May 4, 2014

Approximately 5,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria live in Lebanon's Bekaa valley, while others are dispersed throughout various Palestinian refugee camps in the country (File Archive/AFP)
10:47 GMT

The arrival of Syrians has opened a new chapter of the situation and rights of Palestinians living in Lebanon in the current era.

May 3, 2014

A young Palestinian boy looks on from Gaza's beach (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Palestine may have a so-called united government but there won't be light at the end of the tunnel.

May 1, 2014

Violence in border towns like Hermel have forced many Lebanese residents to flee. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT

International attention is focused on refugees fleeing Syria, but Lebanese who have been displaced by the violence on the border of Syria and Lebanon say they need assistance as well.

April 30, 2014

Baghdad has deployed security forces en masse to polling stations as Iraqis set out to vote in the country's first parliamentary elections since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011 Wednesday (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
09:21 GMT

Despite violence and corruption covering media headlines on Iraq, is the country actually in a state of recovery?

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.