Behind The News

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.

April 15, 2014

America has done its best to keep secret its role in supplying the Syrian armed opposition. (AFP/File)
08:00 GMT

New claims say Ankara worked with the US and Britain to smuggle Gaddafi's guns to rebel groups.

April 13, 2014

A collage of portraits of those missing since Lebanon's civil war. (Image courtesy of The Independent)
07:46 GMT

Relatives of those who disappeared during the civil war want answers and hope that a new commission will help.

April 12, 2014

Ultra-Orthodox Jews have turned out in huge numbers to protest the new law. (AFP/File)
07:00 GMT

A controversial new bill seeks to force yeshiva students to serve in the Israeli military, but the Ultra-Orthodox community is pushing back.

April 10, 2014

Hezbollah is allegedly facing an economic crisis over its continued role in the Syrian civil war. (AFP/File)
07:18 GMT

Hezbollah is facing an economic crisis stemming from its involvement in the Syrian civil war, and budget cuts in Iran as a result of new president Hassan Rouhani's austerity policies, Lebanese sources say.

April 7, 2014

Syrian refugees look out over the expanse of white UNHCR tents at their refugee camp in Kurdistan. (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT

Khaled Hosseini, author of 'The Kite Runner' and a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, visits a Syrian refugee camp in Kurdish Iraq and is moved by families desperate to provide for themselves and not to be reliant on the generosity of local people.

April 6, 2014

Tunisia's former Islamist leadership stepped down late last year as part of the country's democratic transition process (File Archive/AFP)
08:22 GMT

Tunisia implemented major reforms in late 2013 to set the country on a path of a democratic transformation, but how-if at all-has Tunis progressed in the interim?

April 4, 2014

Tension in the Bahrain-Qatar relationship is rooted in part to tribal conflicts that have been developing for decades (Al Bawaba)
05:00 GMT

Most of the GCC rift conversation has focused on the tense Saudi Arabia-Qatar relationship, but little has been discussed over the Qatar-Bahrain rift.

April 2, 2014

A draft of the law to protest women from domestic violence was first submitted to Lebanon's parliament in 2010 (Joseph Eid/AFP)
08:42 GMT

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

Some male activists believe that the status of Palestinian and Lebanese women is regressing significantly with the rise of "religious fervor" growing among the respective populations (Shutterstock)
05:00 GMT

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

Both Beirut and Tripoli are known for their rich film culture. (AFP/File)
18:06 GMT

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

Earlier this month, Egypt banned Hamas members and related activities from the country (Said Khatib/AFP)
10:27 GMT

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.