The popular unrest of the last two years has left the Middle East volatile as 2013 kicks off.
Many weapons originate in the US — and the problem is getting worse.
Syrian rebels have made significant gains in recent weeks as support for Assad shows signs of fraying.
Economic stagnation and political frustration steadily eroded Gazans’ support for Hamas after it took over in 2006, but support is rebounding because it is seen as standing up to Israel.
The Free Syrian Army attacks regime positions on Syria’s southern border, but only holds them long enough to rush supplies and fighters in from Lebanon. Such tactics won’t break a grim stalemate.
With no progress on peace talks, the Palestinians are planning to seek a global mandate for statehood at the United Nations.
President Mahmoud Abbas appeared to give up on a longtime Palestinian demand that refugees be allowed back into homes from before the 1948 founding of the Jewish state.
As civilian casualties mount and refugees flood adjacent nations — and more actors enter the fray — the Syrian conflict threatens to engulf the entire region.
Apart from residents of Beirut and Damascus, who suffered massive bombings last weekend, few people are more attentive to unrest in Lebanon and in Syria than the intelligence officers manning Israel’s Northern Command.
Armed with heavy weapons from Libya and elsewhere, militants have set up shop in the Sinai Peninsula.
The United Nations health body has issued a statement through its global alert and response system warning of a new, novel coronavirus similar to SARS.
But Palestinian reasons differ dramatically from US presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s secretly videotaped comments.
Analysis: While anti-Islam film was a trigger, longstanding grievances against US influence and deep, unaddressed socioeconomic problems appear to be fueling the unrest.
A Saudi energy company has lately confirmed that its computer networks were targeted by a cyberattack. But perhaps more important is the discovery of Gauss, malware believed to be related to the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear centrifuges in 2009.
With much of the Arab world in a do-or-die stampede toward greater democracy, Saudi Arabia is looking to consolidate the old way of doing things.
A tentative truce between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza took hold today after the worst flare-up in three years brought the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad militia into the spotlight.
Israeli scientists defying military occupation restrictions have brought a great leap forward to the lives of traditional Palestinian herders in a remote corner of the West Bank.