Egypt's art and culture suffered brutal repression during the rule of Hosni Mubarak. But since he was overthrown in Arab Spring protests, and with the government imperiled by its own pursuit of power, artists are finding room to express themselves once more.
Syria has been embroiled in a bitter civil war for more than two years. That prompted one Syrian woman, Ahlam, to come to America to give birth to her daughter, near her family. But now, with her husband unable to leave, she's preparing to return to the violence that is Syria today.
Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country in the more than two years that its civil war has raged -- some 100,000 of them having found a home in Egypt. They've been successful, and welcomed, but they are conflicted over their success, while others at home still suffer.
Late last week and over the weekend, Israel is believed to have conducted two airstrikes on Syria -- designed to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of their Hezbollah enemies. But some have said this was really a proxy for an attack on Iran.
It's long been known that Hezbollah was supporting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in its battle to retain control of Syria. But this week, Hezbollah's leader came out publicly stating it was backing Assad. The announcement, though, could portend expansion of the Syrian conflict beyond Syria.
As more information comes out about Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons on its rebels, U.S. defense officials came forward Thursday and acknowledged they were actively considering providing weapons to certain branches of the Syrian rebels.
Israel is in the tough position of being close to Syria and having a history of conflict with the country. As evidence mounts that Syria has used chemical weapons on its own citizens, Israel has drawn its own lines that its ambassador to the United States says it won't allow Syria to cross.
At least three countries are convinced the regime of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in his country's ongoing civil war. On Thursday, U.S. officials confirmed they too believed Assad had unleashed sarin gas. But its options are limited.
A car bomb in Damascus killed at least 72 people on Thursday. The attack is said to be one of the worst to hit Syria's capital city since the start of the two-year-conflict. Though critics say the opposition against Syria's president is divided, their efforts are slowly moving into the capital city.
Two years after the revolution that overthrew former President Ben Ali, Tunisia is struggling with a tough economy and unemployment, and its pushing Tunisian Jews out of the country. But through the hardship, some Jews are reflecting on the positives that could define the country's future.