Repercussions of the Arab Spring

A collection of stories about ordinary people whose lives have been torn apart by extremism around the Middle East. 

Arts, Culture & Media

In the spotlight: Breakdancing (and hope) in Tunisia

Updated

The revolution succeeded in Tunisia, but though the politics have changed, things haven't gotten much better for the country's youth. Unemployment is high, young people feel hopeless, and they're targets for jihadi recruiters. But, here's one group — a breakdancing troupe — that's trying to give young Tunisians a sense of belonging and a place to blow off steam.

Conflict & Justice

Why this Syrian man regrets bringing Al-Qaeda fighters into his country

Expectations are pretty low for this week's Syria peace talks in Geneva. It will the first time that government and opposition representatives actually meet since the civil war began almost three years ago. But a third major player in the conflict will be missing: the Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group that controls much of north-east Syria. Most of its fighters are foreign. Here's the story of one Syrian man who has been forced into exile by the very men he once helped bring into his country.

Conflict & Justice

Why this Syrian man regrets bringing Al-Qaeda fighters into his country

Expectations are pretty low for this week's Syria peace talks in Geneva. It will the first time that government and opposition representatives actually meet since the civil war began almost three years ago. But a third major player in the conflict will be missing: the Al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group that controls much of north-east Syria. Most of its fighters are foreign. Here's the story of one Syrian man who has been forced into exile by the very men he once helped bring into his country.

Arts, Culture & Media

In the spotlight: Breakdancing (and hope) in Tunisia

Updated

The revolution succeeded in Tunisia, but though the politics have changed, things haven't gotten much better for the country's youth. Unemployment is high, young people feel hopeless, and they're targets for jihadi recruiters. But, here's one group — a breakdancing troupe — that's trying to give young Tunisians a sense of belonging and a place to blow off steam.