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Delaney Chambers

Delaney Chambers is a junior reporter and intern at Voice of America. A graduate student in Political Communication at American University, her interest in the Middle East stems from a year spent in Egypt and Syria, where she witnessed the beginnings of the two countries' respective revolutions. With over eight years of journalism experience in the US and UK, she is contributing her regional and linguistic expertise to VOA, Middle East Voices and our social media outlets.

Images of the Week: October 6 – October 12

This week in the Middle East, Jews celebrated Shimat Torah and Jordan’s King Abdullah dissolved the country’s parliament and swore in a new one to pave the way for elections next year. In Egypt, President Mohamed Morsi’s 100th day in office passed, and the president removed Prosecutor General Abdel Maguid Mahmoud from his post More »

SYRIA WITNESS: In Damascus, Civilian Life Turned Upside Down

A Syrian Muslim woman sits at the top of Qassioun Mount, which overlooks Damascus city, at sunset and prays before eating her Iftar meal during the month of Ramadan in 2010. (file) REUTERS

Lulu, by her own account a student in Damascus, tells us that city residents try to continue their everyday lives even as they navigate everything from road blocks to bodies in the streets. She also tells us about her own struggles to maintain a normal life in Damascus. She remains hopeful that she will More »

Images of the Week: September 29 – October 5

This week in the Middle East, fighting continues in Syria and tension develops on the Syria-Turkey border after a deadly attack that killed five Turkish civilians on Wednesday. In Egypt, women protest against the Muslim Brotherhood, demanding rights, and President Mohamed Morsi visited former President Anwar Sadat’s tomb. In Israel, many celebrated the Jewish More »

Images of the Week: September 22 – September 28

This week in the Middle East, fighting continued in Syria, Jews throughout the world celebrated Yom Kippur, protests against the anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. continued, Basra governor Mohammed Musabih Al-Waili was killed in Iraq, and 15 militant Islamists were sentenced to death or life imprisonment in Cairo. Delaney ChambersDelaney Chambers is a More »

Images of the Week: September 8 – September 14

This week in the Middle East, a film trailer lambasting the prophet Mohammed contributed to anti-American protests in Cairo, Sanaa and Benghazi, resulting in the death of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Embassy staff members. Also, new attacks broke out in Syria, UNHCR visited refugee camps, and  protests against poor living More »

Images of the Week: September 1 – September 7

This week in the Middle East, Yemen received another $2.4 billion in aid, the Syrian National Council faces internal criticism, Israeli residents were relocated from the Migron outpost in the Palestinian territories, Obama receives the democratic presidential nomination, and more. Delaney ChambersDelaney Chambers is a junior reporter and intern at Voice of America. A More »

Images of the Week: August 24 – August 31

Egypt’s president sides with Syria’s rebels, an Israeli court rules an American’s death an accident, activists try to deliver aid to Palestinians, the world meets the man vying to unseat U.S. President Barack Obama from the White House, and more. In Cairo this week, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi used new powers regained from the military to More »

Middle East Images of the Week

This week, Muslims all over the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with Eid Al-Fitr, a three-day holiday. In Lebanon, clashes between Sunnis and Alawites in the northern city of Tripoli caused concern that the Syrian crisis is spilling across the border. Meanwhile in Beirut, protesters gathered to demand the expulsion of Syrian Ambassador Ali More »

Leaked Document Deepens Debate about Israeli Strike on Iran

A document purported to be a leaked Israeli government memo suggests Israel is prepared to attack Iran to cripple the Persian nation’s nuclear capabilities. The document, recently published by American journalist Richard Silverstein, who writes a blog focused on Israeli-Palestinian peace, has sparked widespread debate about the ramifications of Israel going to war with Iran. Silverstein says the memo More »

Morsi’s Declaration: Islamist Takeover or Democracy in Action?

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s dismissal of top generals and issuance of a Constitutional Declaration granting him executive and legislative powers has raised questions about the intentions of the new leader and the Islamists who support him. Mr. Morsi resigned from the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party almost immediately after his election as president, but his history with the More »

Middle East Images of the Week

This week in Bahrain, human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to three years in prison in what observers call a ‘shocking’ decision. In Iran, earthquakes killed hundreds and injured over 4,500. Relief workers tried desperately to free trapped citizens from the rubble and Tehran, after initially rejecting help, called for international aid. In Syria, fierce More »

Middle East Images of the Week

This week in Syria, government forces pushed back Free Syrian Army rebels in Aleppo, a bomb exploded in the state news agency, and President Bashar al-Assad’s newly appointed prime minister, Riad Hijab, defected, raising the question, is the Syrian regime coming apart? In Lebanon, security forces detained for questioning former information minister Michel Samaha, an ally of Syrian More »

QUICKTAKE: Libya Is Progressing, but Still Has Much to Learn – Experts

Libya is experimenting with democracy after holding its first elections since the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Despite the success of the recent vote, though, the country has many hurdles to overcome. Three Libya experts recently discussed the country’s political transition at a forum hosted by The Middle East Institute and the School of Advanced More »

SYRIA WITNESS: In Midan, the Army Took Whomever It Wanted

Bashir al-Dimashky is, by his own account, an activist in the Coalition of Free Damascenes for Peaceful Change. He spoke in Arabic via Skype with MEV’s Delaney Chambers about the effects of the conflict between rebel and government forces in recent days in the Rukin al-Din district of Damascus and elsewhere in Syria. Bashir al-Dimashky More »

QUICKTAKE: Rebels Not Always Carriers of Democracy, Says Syria Expert Landis

The bloody revolution in Syria is in many ways a sectarian battle, with a Sunni majority rebelling against the relatively small contingent of powerful Alawites who run the country. Class differences among Sunnis further divide the population, making it difficult even for myriad opposition groups to reconcile their differences. Joshua Landis, director of the Center More »