Behind The News
April 27, 2014
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
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 has grabbed headlines recently because of increased attacks in Egypt, but much is still unknown about this relatively new terrorist organization.
April 21, 2014
Protests in occupied Palestine have increasingly become "an attraction" for visiting tourists. Here is one perspective on this controversial development.
April 19, 2014
Recent disagreements between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are deepening the divide between the two organizations.
April 17, 2014
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
New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups.
April 13, 2014
Relatives of those who disappeared during the civil war want answers and hope that a new commission will help.
April 12, 2014
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 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
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 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
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
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.
March 31, 2014
Women in the Arab world have been fighting for women's rights for decades, and now are increasingly joined by male allies who are also protesting for gender equity.