When it comes to the Syrian war, we often hear about good versus evil. But anti-regime Syrian filmmaker Ali Sheikh Khudr found a more complicated picture when he began filming a documentary on his cousin, who later joined the Syrian Army.
In 2012, Mohammed Morsi was the president of Egypt; in 2013, he was its deposed leader; today he's a convicted criminal, sentenced to 20 years of hard labor. And this verdict is only the first of several to be handed down against him as Muslim Brotherhood members are tried by the new government.
Critics of the Houthi rebels in Yemen say they are in league with Iran, a claim the rebels deny. But no one denies the Houthis are partnered with an ally much closer to home: Yemen's onetime dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who remains a force in Yemen and may have billions of dollars at his disposal.
Most people who live in Damascus fear voicing an opinion that doesn't echo that of either the government or the armed opposition. But some residents reject the bitter polarization that divides their country.
Amira Mikhail was in Cairo's Tahrir Square on the day Hosni Mubarak was ousted from power. Four years later, she's still trying to press for change — but the disappointment of the Egyptian revolution's aftermath means she's doing it from the United States.
The January 25 uprising in Egypt caught journalist Thanassis Cambanis by surprise with its size and ambition. But, as he describes in his new book about the Egyptian revolution, the moment of changed seems to have passed, and Egypt is back in the hands of yet another strongman.
What's it feel like to watch your country succumb to revolution from afar? Ask Yemeni student Ibrahim al-Hajiby. He watched the Arab Spring engulf Yemen in 2011 from his college in Minnesota, and he's doing the same now as Houthi rebels take over the Yemeni government.
Prostitution is legal and regulated in Tunisia, but many of its red light districts closed down after the 2011 revolution in the face of Islamist attacks. Now sex workers want to reopen them, saying they provided community, safety and badly needed income.
Protests roiled Egypt this weekend after a court dropped all criminal charges against its former president, Hosni Mubarak. While his eventual successor, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, enjoys huge support, the reaction to Mubarak's release showed how many people are unwilling to forgive their ex-leader.
Those born in the 1980s and 1990s helped lead the Arab Spring movements, pressing for more open and democratic societies. Author Juan Cole says they are just beginning to reshape the Middle East, with a mindset that is more liberal, less religious and unencumbered by the past.
After resisting involvement for months — and even years — the US and five other countries finally launched airstrikes in Syria against ISIS, the Khorasan Group and other Islamist militants. But will the US be able to keep its long-standing vow not to send ground troops to defeat ISIS?
It's been a rough summer in Libya. Fighting between rival militias broke out in the capital in July, and forced the government to flee. With Islamists militias in charge, businesses closed and power cuts a common occurrence, many people are turning to the beach for relief from the heat — and a mental break.
Tens of thousands of images showing tortured and emaciated bodies were smuggled out of Syria by a former government photographer nicknamed "Caesar." Now some of the photos are being displayed at the US Holocaust Museum as a reminder of the ongoing threat of organized genocide.
The euphoria that erupted in Libya following the death of Muammar Gaddafi is nowhere to be found on the third anniversary of his overthrow. Instead, armed factions are fighting for control of the country, wreaking havoc with the economy and people's lives. So is Libya better off now?
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.
Laura Kasinof never expected to become a war correspondent, but her calm life in Yemen gave her a front-row seat to protests and violence as the Arab Spring reached the country. Now Kasinof has written a book about her experiences and shares her fears about Yemen's future.
Inside Syria, almost six million children have been affected by the country's ongoing civil war, and millions more have fled the country to find safety in refugee camps. Turkey, for example, has opened its doors to about a million-and-a-half Syrian refugees since spring 2011. But as the war drags on, Turkey is finding itself with a long-term humanitarian and education problem.
You can see the phrase scrawled on walls around the globe from Tahrir Square to Ferguson, seemingly anywhere people take to the streets: "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." It was the creation of American jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, whose biographer says he'd enjoy the term's enduring use.