Behind The News
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.
March 29, 2014
Since the Lebanese civil war, Tripoli has been besieged by violence. But many Tripoli residents remember fondly a more stable time when the cinema flourished.
March 27, 2014
The humiliating conditions facing Palestinians at the Rafah border crossing reflects how the rising tensions between Hamas and the Egyptian government are affecting the every-day lives of both Palestinians and Egyptians.
March 25, 2014
Why are Arabs disappointed with Erdoğan?
March 23, 2014
Today's context presents more challenges to the Iran-Saudi relationship than it perhaps did 20 or so years ago.
March 20, 2014
BBC World Service has played a large role in Iran's politics since the second World War.
March 18, 2014
The fate of Qalamoun is critical for both regime and opposition forces due to its strategic placement, both physically and chronologically in Syria's ongoing civil war.
March 16, 2014
Iraq can one day move away from Iran's powerful sphere of influence, Haider Saeed argues.
March 12, 2014
The partitioning of Libya is no longer the concern of pessimists alone but a tangible reality. Islamists are imposing their rule by force and the government and parliament are paralyzed. Is this the biggest mess Libya's been in living memory?
March 9, 2014
Iran and Israel, the best of enemies. Gareth Smyth delves into the relationship between these two foe states.
March 6, 2014
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar Wednesday representing one of the first public splits between the Gulf Arab allies in recent years over the role of Islamists in the region.
March 4, 2014
Is the Israel-US and even the Obama-Netanyahu relationship on the rocks or launching into a renewed era of strong ties?
March 2, 2014
Plans for a buffer zone in Syria highlight differences in American and Syrian National Coalition goals.
February 25, 2014
By the separation wall and decorating it with works of now-famous art (love him or hate him, see Banksy’s “Make hummus not walls”), are we tacitly accepting the existence of a wall that defies human rights?