Behind The News
December 26, 2013
Syrian and Egyptian turmoil have developed to new devastating levels throughout 2013, and recent tensions between regime and opposition groups suggest ending the turmoil in both countries is not necessarily in the near future. Is the end therefore closer-or further away than before?
December 24, 2013
James Zumwalt argues that Barack Obama's Middle Eastern policies are making the already unstable region come undone.
December 22, 2013
Jordan may have weathered the Arab Spring, but the linkages between a growing economic crisis are undermining the Kingdom's political stability.
December 19, 2013
Many Bahraini opposition activists have been detained, tortured or killed since the 2011 uprisings. For those still on the streets, time--and resources--are running out to stop government forces from dooming them to similar fates. We take a look at the growing movement of Bahraini activist asylum-seekers who are starting to flee the Gulf Island for protection elsewhere.
December 17, 2013
After being ready for confrontation with Hezbollah, why doesn't Israel's army engage?
December 15, 2013
Tunisia and the MENA region could learn a lot from South Africa's transition from an apartheid state to a multicultural society for its own political-and economic-future.
December 12, 2013
The Saudi Arabian-backed Syrian opposition has been waging wars against Assad's regime in Damascus - but isn't making any gains.
December 10, 2013
The Middle East needs their very own Nelson Mandela - someone who recognizes that forgiveness and compromise are sometimes needed to move politics forward.
December 8, 2013
The late Mandela's military training in Algeria during the 1960s with the rebels of the National Liberation Front played a critical role in shaping and influencing the late leader's formation and ideology of South Africa's anti-apartheid movement and the country's African National Congress.
December 5, 2013
Breaking the taboo of boycotting Israel, the American Studies Association has launched a massive initiative boycotting Israeli academic institutions that are complicit in the occupation.
December 3, 2013
Egypt's 2013 constitution includes article 174 that allows civilians to be tried in front of military courts. Though this idea is not new for Egyptians, the article's tension with demands from the 2011 revolution may put Egypt's political development and future in dire positions.
December 1, 2013
The Kurds of Syria have a slightly distinct identity from their Syrian countrymen, and are stuck somewhere between secession and integration with the Syrian state. Growing tired of the civil war's bloodshed, there is growing tension in Damascus.
November 28, 2013
Dubai' recent bid win to host the 2020 World Expo has the potential to give Arab youth a brighter future by transforming the Middle East into a global hub of innovation.
November 26, 2013
Young civilian journalists from the group called Lens Young Homsi have been documenting Syria's war through their cameras in the besieged town of Homs since 2011. As the group continues to gain worldwide attention, the founders emphasize that their pictures are "writing the real history of our people, our struggle, our resistance, and our victories."
November 24, 2013
Al-Arabiya's director Abdulrahman al-Rashed weighs in on Middle East power politics and Iran following Sunday's historic nuclear deal in Geneva.