Arab-Israelis make up about 20 percent of Israel's population. They have disproportionately high rates of poverty and unemployment. But hopes of addressing those issues through the ballot box are low, and Arab-Israeli voter turnout is falling.
Jordan's King Abdullah has managed to mostly fend off demands for internal change inspired by popular uprisings in neighboring Arab states. But that may not work for much longer. Jordan is facing financial crisis.
It's been a tumultuous year in the Arab world. We asked The World's Middle East correspondent Matthew Bell to page back through his notes, looking for standout moments in 2012 and suggest what to keep an eye on in the year ahead.
More Syrians are trying to leave their war-torn nation. Many head for neighboring Jordan, but as The World's Matthew Bell discovered not all are welcome. The Jordanian authorities try to turn away Syrians with Palestinian IDs.
Egyptians voted on ratifying their new constitution. It's being billed as a bold step in democratic reform. But Egypt's poor are being left out of the process, as The World's Matthew Bell reports, that's especially true for the poorest Egyptians.
The World's Matthew Bell visited the southern Israeli city of Beersheba to see how people feel a day after the declaration of a ceasefire with Hamas. He says most believe it was the right thing to do but they don't think it will hold for very long.
The World's Matthew Bell visits Israel's coast, now under threat of Hamas long-range rockets. Last night a large prayer vigil was held at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, where Israelis prayed for wildly different outcomes to the current conflict.
Countries outside the US are paying attention to the battle over health care reform. The World's Matthew Bell examines how a battle over an American domestic issue could have an impact on FOREIGN policy.
President Obama led the country today in remembering the attacks of September 11, 2001. Mr. Obama promised to transform US policies forged in the wake of 9-11. The World's Matthew Bell looks at the change and the continuity in the president's approach.
Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year on the Jewish calendar. In Israel, the ï¿½day of atonementï¿½ means that much of the country simply stops. In Tel Aviv, the holiday has turned into a festival of bicycles. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
The Taliban says it carried out a suicide bombing near the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 17 people.It would be the second attack on the embassy. The World's Matthew Bell looks at what's at stake for India in the Afghanistan war.
Four recent militant attacks in Pakistan ï¿½ including one over the weekend against the Army headquarters in Islamabad ï¿½ raise questions about how Pakistan is cracking down on militant groups. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
Hillary Clinton met with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. At a joint news conference, the two said that there has been considerable progress to reduce their nuclear arsenals. The World's Matthew Bell takes a closer look.
Today President Obama signed legislation authorizing additional aid to Pakistan. But some Pakistani officials are not happy with the additional aid. They say it comes with too many strings attached. The World's Matthew Bell has the story.
Afghanistan might be heading toward a power sharing agreement between the two leading presidential candidates. The model has been tried in other nations but the results were mixed, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.
A man has been charged with terrorism-related offenses that include plotting to kill people in an American shopping mall. Tarek Mehanna was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Matthew Bell reports.