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...
In this Dec. 13, 2009 file photo, Iraqi workers are seen at the Rumaila oil refinery, near the city of Basra, 340 miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq.  Plunging oil prices have pitched Iraq into a severe financial crisis as it struggles to combat the Islamic State group, play host to millions of refugees and rebuild cities and towns ravaged by war. With global prices hovering around $30 a barrel, Iraq has had to draw on foreign exchange reserves to fill a shortfall in the 2016 budget, which anticipated $45 per barrel.  (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani, File)

Falling oil weighs on Mideast economies

The sharp decline in oil prices over the past 18 months is good news for consumers in many countries. But in oil exporting countries in the Mideast it's leading to layoffs, higher taxes and sharp cuts in...
Mourners pray over the body of Somali journalist Mohamed Ibrahim Rage at his funeral April 22, 2013. Rage, who worked for the state-run radio station,  was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Mogadishu.  (AP Photo/ Farah Abdi Warsameh)

The dangers of reporting in Somalia

For much of its population, Somalia is a difficult and dangerous place to live. That’s particularly true for reporters. Practicing journalism in a failed state means facing threats from any number of...
Chinese troops practice marching near a billboard showing Chinese President Xi Jinping and the slogan "Strive to build a People's Liberation Army that obeys the Party, Wins the war and has outstanding work style“ at a camp on the outskirts of Beijing,  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China’s new challenges

For more than two decades, China has moved from strength to strength. Its economic miracle has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and dramatically increased the nation's global...
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Al-Jazeera chief responds to network controversies

In a special edition of Global Journalist, al-Jazeera's Director General Mostefa Souag addresses controversies that have shadowed the award-winning, Qatar-based news network as it tries to grow its U.S....
Assyrian Christians, who fled their homes in Iraq wait for humanitarian aid distribution at the Chaldean Archbishopric, in Baabda, Lebanon, March 17, 2015.  (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

For Mideast Christians, a troubled outlook

Christianity might have gotten its start in the Middle East, but the region’s Christian minority is finding the area more and more dangerous when it comes to practicing their beliefs. The rise of the...
Police detain a youth as they surrounded the headquarters of opposition television stations and newspapers in Istanbul, Turkey, Oct. 28, 2015. Police in Istanbul  carried out a dawn raid at the building, using tear gas to enter the building of the company that owns opposition television stations Bugun TV and Kanal Turk, the Bugun and Millet newspapers and other business interests. (AP Photo/Mehmet Ali Poyraz, Cihan News Agency)

Turkey votes amid violence, media crackdown

Turkish voters will go to the polls Nov. 1 amid a spasm of political violence and renewed conflict with Kurdish guerrillas. The vote also comes just weeks after the most deadly terrorist attack in Turkish...
Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post, smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran in April 2013.  (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

The case of Jason Rezaian

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been imprisoned in Iran since July 2014. On this edition of Global Journalist, we examine how Iran's internal politics and relations with the U.S. have led to the...
A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier stands guard, overlooking the road between Mosul and Tal Afar, Iraq, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen, File)

Kurds in conflict

With more than 30 million people spread across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, they are a minority everywhere they live. Now Kurdish groups are battling both the Islamic State  and forces loyal to Bashar...
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Al-Jazeera chief addresses controversies

In a special edition of Global Journalist, al-Jazeera's top executive Mostefa Souag addresses controversies that have shadowed the award-winning news network as it tries to grow its U.S. presence. Souag...