Behind The News

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.

April 17, 2012

Omar Suleiman is an appealing choice for Israel and their best bet for President of Egypt
06:37 GMT

According to Israeli press, Omar Suleiman is the best bet for Israel.

April 12, 2012

Eric Justin Toth, the child pornographer is equally bearded and just as dangerous, replaces Osama bin Laden as the FBI’s most wanted man.
11:50 GMT

An equally dangerous mind to that of the Al Qaeda mastermind OBL is now the most wanted man. No 'childish' mind, this fully bearded adult is wanted for child pornography production.

April 11, 2012

This week marks the first anniversary of a French law banning the wearing of full-face veils in public.
10:56 GMT

"France is the worst place in Europe to be a Muslim, because the government is so against us. And if Nicolas Sarkozy is re-elected, it can only get worse.”

April 8, 2012

Bikinis and veils co-exist in Egypt, as in Lebanon
15:45 GMT

During a tour in the Golan Heights on Wednesday, Israeli President Shimon Peres said that “if Egyptians ban bikinis, they won’t have tourism,” Ynetnews website reported.

April 5, 2012

The jury is still out on who killed Rafic Hariri.
13:27 GMT

As the case of who killed Rafic al Harriri lives on in the form of the Special Tribunal, a new revelation emerges, giving us a new name to point fingers at or to expose the real culprits.