Behind The News
January 2, 2014
With all the protests and violent crackdowns reported around Egypt's Al Azhar University, we take a look at what's really going on among the walls of the the world's oldest Islamic learning institution.
December 31, 2013
Irrespective of the strife and conflict they have been through, most Lebanese people desperately want to believe the famed signer Fairuz when she sings: Even in your madness I love you (Lebanon)/because your love /gathers us together /when we are dispersed. However, following the bombing of Mohamad Chatah on December 27, one wonders if their faith in a unified Lebanon will survive yet another round of violence.
December 27, 2013
The assassination of former Finance Minister and advisor to Hariri Mohammed Chatah drew widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum on Friday as officials and politicians mourned the loss of a “moderate” voice.
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.