Behind The News

August 17, 2014

Countries with tense relations, like the U.S. and Iran, are recognizing the need to work together in combatting the Islamic State. (AFP/File)
12:21 GMT

The rise of the Islamic State and their terrifying ideology is bringing together enemies from all sides of the spectrum.

August 13, 2014

A Syrian child stands in a refugee camp which was partially burnt during clashes with militants in Arsal, August 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:26 GMT

Tensions remain high in the aftermath of Arsal. Lebanese nationals blame Syrian refugees for the violence, while the latter deny any involvement. But, who is right?

August 12, 2014

The British exile is expected to improve relations with Iraq's Sunnis and Kurds (File/AFP)
09:47 GMT

The potential successor to Nouri al-Maliki has created an even bigger political turmoil for Iraq's future, seeing as the current leader won't resign. For better or worse, who is Haider al-Abadi?

August 11, 2014

President Obama says ‘problem’ will not be solved in weeks. So how long will it take, asks Robert Fisk.
06:40 GMT

Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ is limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil.

August 10, 2014

Protesters against ISIS stand outside the White House during a Kurdish demonstration, Aug 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:06 GMT

Life in Iraq isn't good between Sunnis, Shia and the Kurds. It was already tense post American invasion but now, ISIS came and added salt to the wound.

August 7, 2014

Palestinian women stand in the rubble following a series of air strikes in Gaza, July 26, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:32 GMT

Israel's war of words was lost across social media platforms. But, it didn't stop violent sexual threats against Palestinian women, sexualizing the IDF, or even some politicians calling for Gazan women to be raped.

August 6, 2014

Palestinian children walk through the rubble as they return home after a 72-hour "humanitarian" ceasefire was announced, Aug 5, 2014 (File/AFP)
10:00 GMT

Will there ever be normality in the Gaza Strip? Along with the high death toll, Israeli forces destroyed infrastructure, including the largest water treatment plant, resulting in raw sewage flowing through the tattered land. How will Gaza recover?

August 5, 2014

In her letter to James Cameron, Baroness Warsi wrote, "I can no longer support Government policy on Gaza." (AFP)
19:29 GMT

The senior Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi has resigned over David Cameron's stance on the Gaza conflict, reminding us of the era of Clare Short and Robin Cook's departures in the time of the allied invasion of Iraq, 2003.

A Palestinian man carries the body of his five-year-old daughter following an Israeli air strike on his house, Aug 4, 2014 (File/AFP)
07:46 GMT

Israeli authorities implemented a ceasefire… Then violated it by killing five civilians, including two children. Hundreds more were killed following the alleged abduction of an IDF soldier by Hamas who then revealed it was in fact, Israeli bombs that killed him. Will this revenge backfire?

August 4, 2014

Lebanese security forces stand on the outskirts of Arsal, close to the Syrian border, Aug 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:39 GMT

Violence continues to erupt in the border town of Arsal. Since the Syrian war began, it spilled into Lebanon and had detrimental consequences for the entire region.

July 27, 2014

Every one of the 112 pages in the booklet is marked "not for distribution or publication" and it is easy to see why. The Luntz report, officially entitled "The Israel project's 2009 Global Language Dictionary, was leaked almost immediately to Newsweek Online, but its true importance has seldom been appreciated. [AFP]
08:28 GMT

The playbook is a professional, well-researched and confidential study on how to influence the media and public opinion in America and Europe. Written by the expert Republican pollster and political strategist Dr Frank Luntz, the study was commissioned five years ago by a group called The Israel Project, with offices in the US and Israel, for use by those "who are on the front lines of fighting the media war for Israel".

Veteran journalist Ayman Mohyeldin was pulled out of Gaza by NBC for allegedly being too pro-Palestine (File/AFP)
07:32 GMT

As the death toll mounts in Gaza, tweeters, journalists and celebrities have weighed into the Palestine-Israel conflict with a war of words. But, is there a price to pay if you condemn the IDF on a pro-Israel news organisation?

July 23, 2014

Does Hamas use civilians to protect itself from Israel's military offensive? (AFP/ File Archive).
12:31 GMT

Israel says that despite going to great lengths to avoid civilian deaths Hamas uses ordinary Palestinians as human shields which increases the civilian death toll. In an area as small, densely populated and closed off as Gaza however, is the concept of a "human shield" just a myth?

July 22, 2014

An injured child is carried into a Rafah hospital, July 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
08:22 GMT

Over half of Gaza's population is under 18. With the Palestinian death toll hitting almost 600, people's homes have been destroyed and children witnessed the mental scars of war.

July 17, 2014

The Islamic State has experienced many successes in Iraq in recent weeks. (AFP/File)
11:25 GMT

The success of the Islamic State is due to a combination of brutal force and winning over local populations.