Explainer: Libya’s fractured politics

Three governments means little governance News this week that a new United Nations-backed government had begun to establish itself in Libya has been greeted as a hopeful sign that the country may emerge from...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...