Behind The News

May 12, 2014

Approximately 32% of Saudi Arabia's population is under the age of 15, representing one of the largest groups that use social media tools (File Archive)
08:36 GMT

Saudi Arabia's youth are using a powerful tool to launch campaigns advocating for change in the Kingdom: social media. While the latter is an-all-too-familiar story, KSA authorities are finding themselves at a crossroads-and dilemma-on how to deal with this new rise in Saudi digital activism. Could the call for freedom and good governance overpower the KSA leadership?

May 10, 2014

Lebanon's army sit in tanks in Tripoli following clashes (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Lebanon's army implemented the "security plan" in Bekaa Valley and Tripoli during April. Many frontline commanders were arrested during operations. But there's more than meets the eye.

May 8, 2014

Boko Haram has abducted more than 200 schoolgirls this month (Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Boko Haram has been making headlines this week after the Al Qaeda-inspired group abducted more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria. So who is this so-called "Islamist extremist" group?

May 6, 2014

Rouhani promised to be a progressive voice in Iran's government. (AFP/File)
08:55 GMT

Iran's women and minorities were hopeful as they watched Rouhani take office, but has Rouhani helped make Iran's government more inclusive?

May 4, 2014

Approximately 5,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria live in Lebanon's Bekaa valley, while others are dispersed throughout various Palestinian refugee camps in the country (File Archive/AFP)
10:47 GMT

The arrival of Syrians has opened a new chapter of the situation and rights of Palestinians living in Lebanon in the current era.

May 3, 2014

A young Palestinian boy looks on from Gaza's beach (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Palestine may have a so-called united government but there won't be light at the end of the tunnel.

May 1, 2014

Violence in border towns like Hermel have forced many Lebanese residents to flee. (AFP/File)
11:05 GMT

International attention is focused on refugees fleeing Syria, but Lebanese who have been displaced by the violence on the border of Syria and Lebanon say they need assistance as well.

April 30, 2014

Baghdad has deployed security forces en masse to polling stations as Iraqis set out to vote in the country's first parliamentary elections since the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011 Wednesday (Ahmad Al Rubaye/AFP)
09:21 GMT

Despite violence and corruption covering media headlines on Iraq, is the country actually in a state of recovery?

April 29, 2014

Many in the Iraqi Kurdish population dream of some day uniting all Kurds and establishing Kurdistan as an independent state. (AFP/File)
11:13 GMT

Iraqi Kurds continue to work towards an independent Kurdish state.

April 27, 2014

Many protesters took to the streets during the 2009 presidential election in what was perhaps the latest massive public display of criticism against the country's government and policies (File Archive/AFP)
14:01 GMT

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

Snooping surveillance by the NSA is obvious, but Obama has been secretive over any cyberweapons the U.S. military has (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

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 claimed responsibility for an attack on a Korean tourist bus in Sinai. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

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

The issue of protest tourism in Palestine gained attention among global audiences following a 2010 Guardian article publication on foreign tourists "frequenting" the demonstration sites on holiday (File Archive/AFP)
09:47 GMT

Protests in occupied Palestine have increasingly become "an attraction" for visiting tourists. Here is one perspective on this controversial development.

April 19, 2014

The group Islamic Jihad was founded in 1987 and receives major funding from Iran. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

Recent disagreements between Hamas and the Islamic Jihad are deepening the divide between the two organizations.

April 17, 2014

The peace treaty between Israel and Egypt - signed by Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin and witnessed by US president Jimmy Carter in 1979 - turned 35 last month. (Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
08:00 GMT

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.