Behind The News

June 6, 2014

An old Syrian man walks through the besieged city of Homs in a former rebel held neighborhood (File/AFP)
14:52 GMT

The silence in Syria's Homs is deadly, quite literally. Even as rebels evacuated the city, Robert Fisk argues, peace has yet to come to the besieged city.

June 5, 2014

A man waits to cross Rafah into Egypt, which can sometimes take more than several hours (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

Life is hard enough in Gaza, but for the terminally ill, it doesn't get easier when the Rafah crossing won't open for Palestinian's requiring life saving treatments in Egypt.

June 2, 2014

An image grab taken from a video released by jihadist group Al-Nusra Front shows a portrait of American citizen Moner Mohammad Abu-Salha, who is believed to have been involved in the suicide bombing against regime forces in Idlib. (AFP)
11:30 GMT

How America's first suicide bomber in Syria raises concerns for a second 9/11.

May 30, 2014

Iran's growing power in the Middle East is making other Arab states very nervous (File/AFP)
13:55 GMT

While news cameras are focused on the chaos in the Middle East, Iran is quietly becoming more influential in the region. On closer inspection however, it is not just the Sunni v Shia debate.

May 28, 2014

Particularly in the weeks leading up to the Pope’s visit, the price tag attacks have also increasingly targeted Christian temples. (Al Bawaba file photo)
09:41 GMT

According to a recent report, Jewish settler violence is increasingly targeting Christians in Israel.

May 27, 2014

Since the military came to power, six journalists have been killed and more than 65 journalists have been arrested. (AFP/File)
10:22 GMT

Since Egypt's military took over in 2013, numerous journalists have been arrested and killed.

May 26, 2014

Pope Francis did not blame Israel for the peace process impasse, but rather called on everyone to take up the responsibility to achieve peace (Taufiq Khalil/AFP)
11:31 GMT

Pope Francis' unexpected stop at the separation wall during his Holy Land visit may play a critical role in regional politics and transforming the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

May 24, 2014

Security forces stand outside a polling station in Alexandria (File/AFP)
14:49 GMT

El-Sisi's presidential campaign may be quieter in Alexandria, but locals are beginning to take notice as the taste of optimism lingers for Egypt's future.

May 22, 2014

Fatah and Hamas signed the unity government deal in late April (File Archive/AFP)
09:38 GMT

The United States' tentative support for the soon-to-be-formed Palestinian unity government may change the power politics between Washington and the Middle East more than anticipated.

May 20, 2014

Some separatist groups want the country split into multiple regions. (AFP/File)
13:26 GMT

Will Libya's relentless militias pull the country into total chaos?

May 18, 2014

Pro-Assad militias, the National Defense Force and the Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party, clashes in Homs this week leaving one person dead (File Archive/AFP)
08:22 GMT

While Syria's regime forces may appear to be gaining the upper hand in the country's ongoing civil war, recent clashes between pro-Assad allies in Homs this week may undermine Assad more than anticipated.

May 16, 2014

An elderly Palestinian man marches during a Nakba rally, holding a key to the home he was expelled from in 1948 (File/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The Nakba destroyed thousands of lives. As the 66th year is commemorated, Palestinians reflect sadly, while Israelis rejoice.

May 14, 2014

Sanaa launched an offensive against AQAP strongholds in the south in late April (File Archive/AFP)
05:00 GMT

The present government offensive on Al Qaeda in Yemen, in conjunction with U.S. drone strikes may pose as a very dangerous threat to the country's future if such actions alienate the Yemeni public at large who are becoming extremely critical of Sanaa's policies.

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.