Houthis do a traditional dance at a tribal meeting to gather money and bullets in Sana'a. (EPA/ Asmaa Waguih)

Yemen war fuels humanitarian crisis

Civil war in Yemen has forced more than 3 million people from their homes and left millions more in need of food and other humanitarian aid. With the recent failure of UN-backed peace talks, the situation...
A gay couple including a man wearing an Arab Keffiyeh kiss during the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, Israel, Aug. 1, 2013.  (EPA/Abir Sultan)

Gay rights in the Arab world

One of the hardest regions of the globe to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is the Arab world. In Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the punishment for the crime of sodomy is death by stoning, and many other...
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, waves following a televised address at the presidential palace in Ankara, Turkey,  July 24, 2016. Erdogan has sharply criticised concerns that the large-scale purges, which have left at least thousands of people in jail and about 50,000 fired or suspended, could jeopardise basic freedoms. Press Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey’s purge

The attempted military coup against Turkey's democratically-elected government last month was plenty alarming. But what's happened in the country since has many people worried as well. President Recep...
American journalist James Foley was among those who shared a cell with Marginedas in Syria. (AP Photo)

The life and death of James Foley

For many Americans, the Islamic State was first burned in our minds as a threat back in August 2014. That’s when the terror group released chilling video of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by...
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Turkey and South Africa media face challenges

Journalists in Turkey and South Africa both work in countries with lively and well-established media. But in both countries, long-running single-party rule has led to challenges for reporters. On this...
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Palestinian media face multiple threats

It’s said that truth is often the first casualty in war. And for media in the Palestinian territories–where conflict has been the norm for more than six decades– giving the public an accurate picture of...
United States Military Academy cadets watch data on a computer at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The cyberwar on the Islamic State

The fight against the Islamic State isn’t just taking place on the ground or in the skies of Iraq or Libya. It’s also on the Internet. Indeed the Islamic State has used apps like Twitter, WhatsApp and...
Fighters loyal to Libya's General National Congress (GNC) prepare to launch attacks as they fight the Islamic State on the outskirts city of Sirte, Libya, March 16, 2015.  (EPA)

Libya, the failed state

After Muammar Gaddafi was ousted from Libya in 2011, there was hope for a peaceful and democratic future in one of Africa's largest oil-producers. Five years later, the country is divided among warring...
A supporter holds a Tunisian flag as Tunisian presidential candidate Moncef Marzouki gives a speech, after the second round of the country's presidential election, in Tunis,  Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ilyess Osmane)

Tunisia: the Arab Spring’s last light

The Arab Spring toppled long-ruling autocrats across the Arab world. But with Libya in chaos, Egypt back under military rule and Syria and Yemen engulfed in war, only Tunisia has fulfilled the promise of its...
Smoke rises after Saudi-led airstrikes hit a site in Sanaa, Yemen, Jan. 30, 2016.  (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen’s hidden war

The conflict in Syria gets the headlines, but 2,000 miles south in Yemen a separate civil war has brought an already impoverished country to its knees. More than 80 percent of the country's population is in...