Behind The News

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.

July 14, 2014

A baby lies injured at al-Najar hospital, in the southern Gaza Strip on July 9, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Israel's ongoing military onslaught across the Gaza Strip is not just about the high death toll and physical injuries. What about the mental scars that haunt the Palestinian population?

July 13, 2014

Yemen may fracture more than anticipated with Al Qaeda, southern separatists, northern rebels and a weak central government threatening the country's unity and development going forward (Mohammed Huwais/AFP)
13:58 GMT

Yemen's unity and development may be more at threat today than ever before, but who-or what-is to blame?

July 10, 2014

An Israeli Merkava tank rolls along the southern Israeli border with the Gaza Strip following Israeli air strikes in the Palestinian coastal enclave, on July 10, 2014. [AFP]
10:16 GMT

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory

Did the World Cup generate more interest than the Gaza death toll? Some think so (File/AFP)
08:22 GMT

While the big game between Germany and Brazil commenced, Israel was air striking Gaza. But, the eyes of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon were transfixed on the match, "desensitized" by what was happening in the Strip.

July 7, 2014

Subsidy reform could lead to a boost in economic growth for the country. (AFP/File)
14:01 GMT

Egypt's new government is cutting fuel subsidies in an effort to save the economy.

July 5, 2014

Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani called on the Kurdish Regional Government to set a date for an independence referendum earlier this week (File Archive/AFP)
15:03 GMT

Too many coincidences seem to indicate that Ankara is backing Kurdistan's bid for independence in many more ways than may be immediately realized.