A man places a Tunisian flag onto a police car as a policeman stands guard during a demonstration two days after gunmen attacked the museum and killed scores of people in Tunis, Tunisia, March 20, 2015.  (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Tunisia at a crossroads

Islamic State, corruption hinder lone Arab democracy Five years after Tunisians toppled dictator Zine El-Abeddine Ben Ali, the country is at a crossroads. The North African state has successfully ratified a...
Shiite fighters, known as Houthis, ride on a patrol truck as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen, (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Four questions: War in Yemen

A primer on Yemen's conflict Yemen's year-old civil war has left more than 6,000 dead, 30,000 injured and 2.5 million forced from their homes. Yet outside the region, there is little news coverage of Yemen's...
Oil pumps work in the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Gulf states struggle amid depressed oil prices

New taxes and cuts to government spending spur economic pain As the Arab Spring swept across the oil-rich Persian Gulf five years ago, the region's monarchies and authoritarian states were able to quell...
A Syrian street reduced to rubble. Courtesy Malek Blacktoviche.

Citizen journalists report Syria conflict to world

Much of Syria has become a no-go zone for foreign correspondents, leaving locals to fill the void. Malek Blacktoviche was once a Java software programmer in Aleppo, Syria's commercial capital and largest...
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Project Exile: Escaping Syrian torture in France

"If you have your camera hanging on your neck, or in your bag, it's like carrying a gun." When the Arab Spring erupted in Syria in July 2011, Syrians, like other people across the Middle East at the time,...
An Iraqi Christian refugee forced to flee Islamic State militants in Mosul, sits outside her tent in the Bahrka Refugee camp in Erbil, northern Iraq, Sept. 7, 2014. (EPA/Mohamed Messara)

Spanish filmmaker documents abuse of Iraqi Christians

A new documentary gives voice to those persecuted by the Islamic State If Aida had known the severity of the storm that was about to come down on Qaraqosh, she would have fled her home at the same time that...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses people from southeastern Turkey, in Ankara Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Presidential Press Service, Pool )

Turkey’s tense poll

Fighting with the Kurds and ISIS terror are just the beginning of Turkey's problems Whatever government is formed after Turkey’s Nov. 1 parliamentary election, it will confront a country in the midst of a...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Aug. 30, 2014.  Rouhani declined to answer a question about a detained Washington Post journalist, Jason Rezaian.  (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Intimidation still norm for Iran correspondents

Despite halting progress for foreigners, outlook for local journalists is still grim Iran has made international headlines in recent months for high-stakes nuclear talks with the U.S. and its support for...