02 Dec 2013
Saudi Arabia seems to have few viable options for pursuing a more independent and forthright foreign policy, despite its deep unease about the West’s tentative rapprochement with Iran.
Upset with the United States, senior...
14 Nov 2013
Zabulon Simintov always removes his kippah, the skullcap worn by Jewish men, before entering his cafe in a dilapidated building that also houses Afghanistan’s last synagogue.
“Let me take off my cap, otherwise people...
05 Nov 2013
The international body tasked with eliminating Syria's chemical weapons has raised only enough money so far to fund its mission through this month, and more cash will have to be found soon to pay for the destruction of poison gas ...
21 Sep 2013
Splashes of color on a canvas painted by Imad Habbab depict the moment of an explosion in Syria's civil war.
“The explosion is about a moment that can erase all dreams, all opportunities, all ideas,” said the curly-...
05 Sep 2013
It would hardly be a surprise to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his military if American missiles start hitting Syria soon.
With weeks to prepare for an attack, Assad might benefit in some ways from the delay in any strike caused by...
20 Aug 2013
Stunned by turmoil in neighboring Egypt and starved of funds, the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas is looking to repair damaged ties with its traditional Middle East allies, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah party.
An off-shoot of the Muslim...
07 Apr 2013
ALEPPO — While being a landscape of warfare and death for the last two years, love and romance has not been killed by Syria’s ongoing revolution.
Mahmoud Abu Jafaar, 29, used to be a driver, while Nour, 22, worked as a...
18 Mar 2013
Rula Deeb, 26, was born in Damascus and calls Syria her home. But after months of government bombings, indiscriminate violence and rising scarcity of basic goods, Deeb, whose grandparents fled Gaza for Syria in 1948, felt she could no...
12 Mar 2013
TRIPOLI— Two years after Libyans in the eastern city of Benghazi began rising up against Muammar Qadhafi, citizens in the capital held raucous celebrations to commemorate the uprising-turned-civil war that ultimately ousted the...
03 Mar 2013
ALEPPO — The atmosphere was tense in Bustan al-Qasr after a Friday protest turned into a fight between two groups, one calling for an Islamic state after President Bashar al-Assad’s fall and another demanding a free and...