Behind The News

March 20, 2014

During Iran's 1979 revolution, BBC would not interview any Shah supporters, but did provide an extensive platform for the opposition to voice their opinions (Shutterstock)
07:26 GMT

BBC World Service has played a large role in Iran's politics since the second World War.

March 18, 2014

Syrian government forces captured Yabrud, one of the last rebel-stronghold areas near the Lebanese border, last week (SANA/AFP)
16:28 GMT

The fate of Qalamoun is critical for both regime and opposition forces due to its strategic placement, both physically and chronologically in Syria's ongoing civil war.

March 16, 2014

Iraq has been rocked by sectarian violence in recent months. (AFP)
11:54 GMT

Iraq can one day move away from Iran's powerful sphere of influence, Haider Saeed argues.

March 12, 2014

One of the problems plaguing Libya is its lack of reliable leadership since 2011 - current PM Ali Zeidan was ousted from power just last night, throwing the country into even more disarray. (AFP/File)
14:18 GMT

The partitioning of Libya is no longer the concern of pessimists alone but a tangible reality. Islamists are imposing their rule by force and the government and parliament are paralyzed. Is this the biggest mess Libya's been in living memory?

March 9, 2014

The now infamous occasion on which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought a cartoon drawing of Iran's bomb to the UN assembly. (AFP/File)
13:00 GMT

Iran and Israel, the best of enemies. Gareth Smyth delves into the relationship between these two foe states.

March 6, 2014

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE recalled their diplomatic envoys from Qatar Wednesday (File Archive)
09:10 GMT

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar Wednesday representing one of the first public splits between the Gulf Arab allies in recent years over the role of Islamists in the region.

March 4, 2014

Obama has been extremely critical publicly about Netanyahu's part in the ongoing peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian delegations (Saul Loeb/AFP)
15:38 GMT

Is the Israel-US and even the Obama-Netanyahu relationship on the rocks or launching into a renewed era of strong ties?

March 2, 2014

As the conflict in Syria rages on, Jordan, the U.S., and the Syrian National Coalition propose the implementation of buffer zones. (AFP/File)
10:05 GMT

Plans for a buffer zone in Syria highlight differences in American and Syrian National Coalition goals.

February 25, 2014

Does graffiting on the separation wall normalize it? (Shutterstock)
14:40 GMT

By the separation wall and decorating it with works of now-famous art (love him or hate him, see Banksy’s “Make hummus not walls”), are we tacitly accepting the existence of a wall that defies human rights?

It will be said of President Barack Obama when he leaves office that he kept the U.S. out of the Syrian crisis. But at what price? (AFP/File)
11:01 GMT

Has America failed the Syrian people by failing to act decisively in the growing civil war?

February 23, 2014

A man assists an elderly lady to walks amid garbage during the evacuation of civilians from besieged parts of the Syrian city of Homs on February 19, 2014. (AFP)
07:14 GMT

MARAH MASHI takes us inside Homs, where only fighters and mice remain.

February 18, 2014

Iran nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. started in 1970s (File Archive/AFP)
14:21 GMT

For 36 years, Iran and world powers have been discussing Tehran's nuclear program. As the conversation continues in a new round of talks set to commence this week, we take a look at the history of the ongoing nuclear negotiations.

February 16, 2014

After 330 days of political deadlock, Lebanon has a new government. (AFP/File)
07:26 GMT

Lebanon announced that it has formed a government on Saturday after more than 330 days of deadlock between the various political blocs.

February 13, 2014

Under these news leaders - including ISIL's chief Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi - will Al Qaeda become more deadly than ever? (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Al Qaeda's new generation of commanders leading thousands of jihadists across the Middle East may be the most dangerous yet.

February 11, 2014

AIPAC generally follows the hard-line, right-wing stance of the Israeli government's policies. (Image courtesy of sfweekly.com)
07:01 GMT

Is the power of AIPAC waning?