A man walks on a bombed building in Benghazi, Libya. (AFP/File)
May 22, 2016 - 10:48 GMT
The road to peace in Libya is thrown off-track by other countries' policy priorities, internal politics, and the failure of the GNA.
A Lebanese-Armenian man sits next to his shop in the Burj Hammoud area of Beirut. (AFP/File)
May 12, 2016 - 12:07 GMT
Known as “Little Armenia,” Bourj Hammoud has been a refuge for displaced people since Armenians fled Ottoman massacres nearly a century ago. Sarine Karajerjian of the Issam Fares Institute explains why residents are now making room for refugees fleeing war in Syria.
The map of the Sykes-Picot agreement dividing up the Middle East. (Creative commons)
May 09, 2016 - 09:43 GMT
Secret Sykes-Picot agreement signed 100 years ago to carve up Ottoman Empire has had terrible effect on region right up to present day.
Khairuldeen Makhzoomi was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight for speaking Arabic. The controversy, latest in a series of these incidents, tipped many to debate this shame/ guilt culture surrounding the Arabic language. (File photo)
May 03, 2016 - 07:09 GMT
Arabic, the language of the Dhad: In the wave of Arabs getting booted off aircrafts, and the recent debate on the perceived ‘shame’ of speaking Arabic, this quasi Arabic speaker addresses her own ‘guilt’ and crimes against a language.
Yemeni women show their hands painted with flags of Arab nations. (AFP/File)
May 02, 2016 - 11:22 GMT
Baroud explores the political ties between Palestinians and other Arab states.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gestures at his watch. (AFP/File photo)
April 27, 2016 - 12:23 GMT
Just two weeks before Abbas made that statement in which he referred to some illusory "popular resistance" under his command, a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah revealed that a majority of Palestinians, 65% of respondents, want him to resign.
Current Egyptian President Sisi. (AFP/File)
April 26, 2016 - 13:11 GMT
The Egyptian government's attempt to shut down protesters may be helping the opposition more than hurting it.
Some Twitter users compared the image used in wSieci for an article referring to the Cologne sexual assaults, to Nazi propaganda. The words translate as
April 19, 2016 - 11:49 GMT
Dr. Farid Hafez from the University of Salzburg and Dr. Enes Bayraklı analyze Islamophobia in Europe vis-a-vis their new annual report, 'European Islamophobia Report 2015'.
An elderly Palestinian man acts as a human barrier between Israeli security forces and Palestinian stone throwers during clashes following Friday prayers in the West Bank town of Hebron. (AFP/File)
April 12, 2016 - 12:57 GMT
For effective security-sector reform in the Arab world to occur, the shroud of secrecy surrounding the sector must be removed, argued Yezid Sayigh.
People use buckets to try and extinguish a fire that ignited at a local fuel station in the Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood of Syria northern city of Aleppo on October 20, 2013. (AFP/File)
April 04, 2016 - 13:08 GMT
"To date the Obama administration's idea of Syrians fighting ISIS out of love of country has centered on the Syrian Army and nationalist rebels eventually linking arms and marching eastward after Bashar al-Assad has obligingly retired ... " writes Frederic C. Hof. "It is a nice image, but when exactly is this supposed to happen?"
Members of several European right wing parties pose with signs, after the presentation of their organisation of 'Cities against Islamisation' in Antwerp. (AFP/Jorge Dirkx)
March 30, 2016 - 13:33 GMT
In the age of modern warfare and insurgency, Europe has faced a new form of threat and violence. The violence came from an entity which European nations have created themselves through marginalization and disenfranchisement.
This AFP file picture taken on January 13, 2009 shows a part of the ancient ruins of Palmyra. (AFP/File)
March 28, 2016 - 13:11 GMT
The battle for Mosul and the fall of Palmyra marked a new chapter in the counter-offensive against the notorious extremist group.
Belgium special force officers prepare to enter a house in the Rue Delaunoy in Molenbeek-Saint-Jean of Brussels, on November 16, 2015 (AFP/Dirk Waem)
March 24, 2016 - 12:37 GMT
The Belgian state security and military intelligence were promised an additional budget of €400 million ($446 million) for the fight against extremism and radicalisation after the Paris attacks.
Shells of buildings in Aleppo, Syria. (AFP/File)
March 23, 2016 - 10:03 GMT
Dr Ramzi Baroud considered the possibility of Syria's division using the age-old concept of 'divide and conquer'.
A Syrian child sits in front of a mural covered in bullet holes on the wall. (AFP/File)
March 17, 2016 - 10:07 GMT
While the two-week truce in Syria has allowed for the resumption of peace talks in Geneva, if Russia and the United States do not act now to pressure both sides to agree on a transitional government, they may risk losing their last opportunity at a negotiated settlement.
Residents and activists hold a giant a pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, during an anti-regime protest in the rubble of destroyed buildings in the neighborhood of Jobar, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on March 3, 2016. (AFP/Amer Almohibany)
March 10, 2016 - 18:40 GMT
A ceasefire was put in place on February 27th, but will it save lives in the long term?