03 Oct 2012
Yasser al-Najjar is a member of the Syrian National Council, and also part of the Free Syrian Army. When he is not in Syria coordinating between different battalions, he is a nomad between Egypt, Turkey and Qatar, raising support for the...
01 Oct 2012
EAST LEBANON — Abu Fakher Zaarour, a farmer in his 60s, has lived all his life in Masharee al-Qaa, a strip of farms in between Syria and Lebanon.
He’s not allowed to drive strangers in the area at the moment, because for the...
30 Sep 2012
The distant thud of an artillery strike breaks the illusion of tranquility in a small village several kilometers to the north of Aleppo, Syria. There is little else to hear except children in the distance and a light breeze blowing through...
26 Sep 2012
BARCELONA — The appointment was at 11 am last Friday in downtown Barcelona. The protest had been organized in secret, so nobody else — and certainly not the Catalan police force — was expecting it.
Everybody arrived on...
23 Sep 2012
JERUSALEM — While it is a community that has lived in the city for centuries, not many have heard of the Dom in Jerusalem.
“Few people know there is a community called Dom and that we are the Gypsies of the Middle East,”...
12 Sep 2012
KARACHI, Pakistan — A young girl dressed in a green T-shirt and brown pants stepped out of the armed military vehicle, her face hidden. As cameramen scrambled around trying to get a shot and police tried to clear the way, a man ran...
01 Sep 2012
Egypt Independent met with Ameur Larayedh, Tunisia's Ennahda political bureau head, constitution-writing assembly member and well-known moderate, who returned to Tunisia last year after 20 years of exile in France. He spoke about...
31 Aug 2012
TRIPOLI, Lebanon — Abou Ahmad has been fighting in Tripoli’s Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh since he was a teenager. Battles come and go. But for the past few days he has felt the fighting was not going to end. “...
29 Aug 2012
VIENNA — Arab states may decide against targeting Israel over its assumed nuclear arsenal at the U.N. atomic agency's annual conference so as not to imperil wider efforts for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, diplomats...
29 Aug 2012
TUNIS — The appearance of Mohamed Khouja, the leader of Tunisia’s first licensed Salafi political party, does not overtly show his ideological outlook or conform to preconceived images of hardline Islamists.
As he picks up the...