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Images of the Week: December 22 – December 28

Egypt dominated the news this week, beginning with the referendum voting for half the country on Saturday. Then the results were announced and President Morsi signed it into law. Diplomatic efforts seem to be increasing to end the war in Syria, with Russia at the center of discussions. But the fighting continues and talk More »

Images of the Week: December 15 – December 21

The fighting continues in Syria with reports that Scud missiles are being used. Russia seems to be lessening its support for President Assad. Interior Minister Mohammed al-Shaar is taken to Beirut for medical care. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani goes to Germany for treatment of a reported stroke. Protests continue in Egypt over the proposed More »

Images of the Week: December 8 – December 14

Events unfolded within Syria this week as well as internationally. Chemical weapons are a concern and could dramatically change the nature of the war there. Also, the U.S. and also the Friends of Syria, in a meeting in Morocco, recognized the Syrian National Coalition as legitimate representatives of the Syrian people. In Egypt, demonstrations More »

Images of the Week: December 1 – December 7

Syria and Egypt dominated the news this week, with no shortage of news-worthy events throughout the region. Syrian government and rebel forces continued to clash, particularly near Damascus. Intelligence sources say the Assad government is preparing chemical weapons, which has alarmed the international community to prepare for a response. Events in Egypt grew bigger More »

Images of the Week: November 24 – November 30

This week saw continuing conflict in Syria with the added twist of the Internet being completely shut down in the country. Protests were seen in Bahrain and Kuwait, but the ones getting the headlines were in Egypt, where strife continued over the president’s new powers and the draft of the new constitution. But the More »

Images of the Week: November 17 – November 23

The week began in a military conflict, ended with a political conflict, and had a truce in-between. The clash between Hamas and Israel ended with an Egyptian brokered cease-fire. While Palestinians in Gaza celebrated, those in the West Bank pondered the future of relations with Israel and with Hamas. Meanwhile, deaths continued to mount in More »

Images of the Week: November 10 – November 16

All eyes were on the Gaza Strip and Israel as the tension between them turned into an air battle. Egypt and others are trying to mediate a truce, but Israel is preparing for a ground war. Jordanians protested the lifting of fuel subsidies, making some think the demonstrations could turn into anti-government disobedience. The More »

Images of the Week: November 3 – November 9

Egypt had on-going debate over their proposed constitution and also saw the Coptic community select a new pope. The killing continued in Syria, with hundreds reported killed. The British offered safe passage for President Assad, but he vowed to remain in Syria. A trial began in Turkey of the Israeli military  officers involved in More »

Images of the Week: October 27 – November 2

The week began with the collapse of the cease-fire in Syria and many more reported deaths. The U.S. calls for stronger leadership in the Syrian opposition. With the docking of Iranian military ships in Sudan, analysts scrutinize their relationship. Despite new laws banning demonstrations, protestors take to the streets of Bahrain.  A series of More »

Images of the Week: October 20 – October 26

Protests, then calm began the week in Lebanon with the funeral of Wissam al Hassan. The last of the debates between the U.S. presidential candidates focused on the Middle East, with an emphasis on Iran. An estimated three million pilgrims made their Hajj to Mecca this week. Israel and Hamas traded firepower before settling into More »

Images of the Week: October 13 – October 19

As always, many developments throughout the region this week, ending with the deadly bombing in Beirut. In Egypt, protestors aired their grievances against the draft constitution and protestors were also on the streets in Jordan, Bahrain and elsewhere. The EU imposed another round of sanctions on Iran. Fighting continues in Syria with reports of More »

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 »

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 More »

Images of the Week: September 15 – September 21

Violence and calls for calm continued throughout the region in response to the Internet video ridiculing Islam and the Prophet Muhammed. Muslim and Coptic leaders stood shoulder to shoulder urging peace between the religions. Services were held in Tripoli, Libya to remember Ambassador Stevens and the three other Americans killed in the most violent 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 »

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 »

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 »