Behind The News
September 4, 2014
Accusations of corruption ignited Parliamentary sessions in Jordan last week, as members accused the energy sector of shady business deals, shifty tenders and family favoritism.
With a coherent response to the crises in Iraq, Syria and Eastern Europe still conspicuous by its absence, the leader of the free world is starting to look alarmingly impotent. Can he rise to the challenge?
September 3, 2014
The Lebanese army not only faces two jihadist groups at its border, but also a major shortage of proper military equipment.
September 2, 2014
As negotiations with radical Syrian rebel groups intensify in the hope of freeing at least 24 security personnel kidnapped from Arsal last month, Roumieh prison’s notorious Islamist inmates have been thrust into the spotlight. But who are the people that ISIS and the Nusra Front want to be released, and what is the likelihood that it will happen?
August 28, 2014
Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
August 25, 2014
Where al-Qaeda asked you to hide amongst your enemies, IS asks you to come and join your friends.
August 18, 2014
As the Islamic State spreads across Iraq and threatens the region, prejudice against Arabs is on the rise in Kurdistan.
August 17, 2014
The rise of the Islamic State and their terrifying ideology is bringing together enemies from all sides of the spectrum.
August 13, 2014
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 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
Iraq crisis: West’s ‘mandate’ is limited by national borders – and don’t dare mention oil.
August 10, 2014
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
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
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
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.