Behind The News

December 25, 2014

German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented chilling accounts of live under Daesh rule in Mosul. (Image: The Independent)
07:00 GMT

When German journalist Juergen Todenhoefer documented Daesh activities in Iraq's Mosul, he entered a horrific world of child soldiers, a fundamental interpretation of Sunni Islam and a lot of tension.

December 23, 2014

A Yazidi woman sits in Kurdistan's Bajid Kandala camp, after fleeing Daesh violence. (AFP/File)
12:59 GMT

Yazidi girls continue to be tortured and sold as sex slaves by their Daesh captors, but now more details have emerged from the victims; women and girls are killing themselves to escape rape.

December 21, 2014

Jürgen Todenhöfer, who interviewed Assad in July 2012, will publish a piece on his "10 days in the Islamic State" tomorrow. (AFP/File)
18:38 GMT

Jürgen Todenhöfer spent ten days on-the-ground in Daesh territory and was the first Western journalist to get such close access.

December 17, 2014

Family members pray at the tomb of young Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi who started the Arab Spring. (AFP/File)
11:12 GMT

By setting himself alight four years ago, street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi paved way for the Arab Spring. Little did he or the policewoman who slapped him know what would happen next.

December 15, 2014

Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halev accused Netanyahu's government of creating a fragile status in Jerusalem with Palestinians. (AFP/File)
12:26 GMT

Without equality for Palestinians, will there ever be peace? Ex-Mossad chief Efraim Halevy said during an interview that without dignity towards Palestinians, Netanyahu would jeopardize the peace process.

December 11, 2014

The CIA used a rage of torture methods to allegedly gain intelligence, which turns out, was not relevant to US national security. (AFP/File)
09:02 GMT

After the US Senate Intelligence Committee released a shocking report into the CIA's interrogation methods, some accounts were baffling, others were downright disturbing. What really happened to detainees?

December 9, 2014

A Syrian refugee sits outside his tent in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, March 28, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:55 GMT

Lebanon is now home to over one million Syrian refugees. Between clashes in the bordering Bekaa Valley and Syria, refugee tents being set alight and ongoing tension, it is not a good idea to start playing the blame game.

December 7, 2014

Britain to establish naval Base in Bahrain. (AFP/File)
14:55 GMT

Bahraini-British naval base deal is being presented as a "symbolic" deal but will identify Britain as an old colonial power siding with Bahrain's Sunni monarchy.

December 3, 2014

Benjamin Netanyahu fired Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Finance Minister Yair Lapid on Tuesday. (AFP/File)
11:26 GMT

The announcement by Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu to fire two major cabinet members was a shock for the Knesset. What is next?

December 1, 2014

Former president Hosni Mubarak (right), sits beside his son Gamal during a court hearing, November 29, 2014. (AFP/File)
08:18 GMT

After an Egyptian court dropped the case against former leader Hosni Mubarak, confusion arose over his fate, future and even if he'll be freed in a matter of days. What could the possible outcome be?

November 27, 2014

Algerian men protest against President Abdulaziz Bouteflika's decision to run office for a forth term. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

While the political situation in Algeria remains tense, the EU held talks with numerous opposition groups, angering President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's government. Will there be stability or turmoil?

November 25, 2014

A Bedouin woman searches through tents destroyed by Israeli forces for her belongings in the Jordan Valley. (AFP/File)
08:27 GMT

Bedouins suffered greatly during Israeli occupation but now under the Jewish state's plans to displace them, life for these nomadic people is about to get worse.

November 23, 2014

Iraqi Christians pray during mass in an Erbil church, July 20, 2014. (AFP/File)
07:48 GMT

Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries. When the Islamic State was announced however, persecution, forced conversions and mass murder resulted in thousands fleeing Iraq and Syria. Will this be the end of a holy minority in the region?

November 20, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build more settlement units, following deadly attacks in a Jerusalem synagogue, November 18, 2014. (AFP/File)
06:26 GMT

Following Tuesday's deadly attack in a Jerusalem synagogue, riots ensued and tensions rose to peak level. What led to these events, however, was violence at the Al Aqsa Mosque and increasing settlement activity across Palestine. Is this Bibi's version of peace?

November 18, 2014

At this point it is unclear if the casualty toll will rise. (AFP/File)
12:27 GMT

A horrifying attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem leaves more questions than answers.