Four years since they began, the verdict seems clear: The Arab uprisings failed. But one online activist — who’s been deported, jailed and is now seeking asylum in the West — says not so fast. He refuses to give up on the original promise of the Arab Spring.
Just a few months ago, Erbil — the de-facto capital of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region — was riding high on an economic oil and gas boom. That all came to a halt when ISIS militants took over nearby Mosul. Now those half-finished buildings are home to displaced Iraqi families.
The rise of ISIS took many in the West and in the Middle East by surprise. How could this group manage to take over large swaths of territory both in Syria and in Iraq in such a short amount of time? A new documentary called "The Rise of ISIS" takes a look at the group's early days.
According to Jewish law, farmers are supposed to leave their fields fallow every seventh year — which happens to be right now. But among farmers who pay attention to the decree, called "shmita," there are all sorts of technicalities that allow them to keep on growing.
Spoiler alert: A behind the scenes look at foreign correspondents that you may not want to know! A good interpreter, or "fixer," can make the difference not only between a good story and a bad one, but between life and death.
As Gazans try to recover from this summer's war with Israel, some are turning to a local station called Radio Alwan to get information, trade stories and tips and get educated about subjects ranging from PTSD to where aid drops are happening.
Iraqi security forces at the critical Baiji oil refinery have been holding the facility for four months against repeated ISIS attacks. Now the US is flying supplies to the small Iraqi contingent after its own air force had some its helicopters shot down by militants.
Thousands of Iranians took to the streets on Wednesday in Tehran and Isfahan, the city that's seen at least eight acid attacks on women over the past couple of months. The attacks have left young women fearful of going out and many Iranians demanding better security.
Jordan Matson, from Racine, Wisconsin, was once a soldier in the US Army. Today Matson is a volunteer fighter with a Kurdish militia in northern Syria, fighting against ISIS and hoping to bring more Americans over to join the war.
Refugees pouring into the makeshift camps in northern Iraq will soon face yet another disaster: winter. Temperatures are expected to fall below zero as winter approaches, and aid agencies are unable to cope with the massive number of needy Iraqis trying to escape ISIS.
When Steven Sotloff's friends discovered he was being held captive by ISIS militants, they set out to hide any reference to the fact that he was Jewish and a dual American-Israeli citizen — and succeeded.
Public support for Israel's military campaign in the Gaza Strip has remained strong and steady in Israel. But as the Palestinian death toll reportedly climbed above 1,400 people, divisions within the American Jewish community over the war are becoming more and more clear, says Peter Beinart, author of “The Crisis of Zionism.”
A visit to the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza is like a trip into the Twilight Zone. The security precautions and lack of human contact between the Israelis and Palestinians who work there captures the bizarre relationship between the two sides.
In the midst of the ongoing and divisive war in Gaza, some Israelis have made their anti-war sentiments known. Sometimes, though, that's easier said than done. A left-leaning couple in Jerusalem shares their story of ostracization after vocalizing their anti-war opinions.
Gal and Rawan met as teens in the United States. War has since tested their bonds several times since the two women returned to Jerusalem, but their friendship has remained intact despite tensions between their peoples.
The first round of Syria peace talks is wrapping up in Geneva. Not much has come out of these talks so far, but a Syrian journalist says one positive outcome is that the two sides are meeting face-to-face.
"Zanan" was the first widely-read and popular women's magazine in Iran. For 16 years, it brought to light subjects such as forced marriage and spousal abuse. It was shut down in 2008, but the magazine is starting back up again.
Hunting with falcons is a passion for many in the United Arab Emirates. Falcons are prized animals there, and can cost tens of thousands of dollars -- which is why there's a state-of-the-art facility to help care for them.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants you to know Turkey's problems are not of his making. In fact, he says, they can all be tracked back to some foreign influence or agitator. And no foreigner is immune.
Israel has freed 19 Palestinian female prisoners in exchange for a new videotape of an Israeli soldier captured more than three years ago near the Gaza border. Correspondent Linda Gradstein reports from Jerusalem.
Today, Iran's foreign minister said Iran will not give up its right to enrich uranium at home. We speak with Joseph Cirincione, a non-proliferation expert and president of the Ploughshares Fund in Washington.