Basma Atassi

Basma is a journalist covering the Middle East. Before joining Al Jazeera, she was an assistant editor at Carnegie Endowment in Beirut. She has previously worked at the United Nations in Damascus and at the European Parliament in Brussels.

In October 2013, Basma won Anna Lindh Foundation's "Mediterranian Journalist of the Year Award" for her work in the warn-torn Syrian city of Aleppo. In May 2013, an interactive she worked on won the "2013 Online Media Award" in London.

Basma holds a BA in political science from the American University of Beirut and an MSc in human rights from London School of Economics.

She was selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012.

Follow Basma on twitter: @Basma_

Arts & Culture

My Eid Outfit

People from around the world show us what they're wearing for Eid, the Muslim festival at the end of Ramadan.

Ramadan 2017

Ramadan 2016 special: Make your own fanoos

The traditional lanterns adorn many Muslim homes during the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan 2017

In search of the Ramadan moon

The story of the Saudi man entrusted with observing the new crescent which signals the beginning of Ramadan.

Business & Economy

OPEC meeting ends without deal on oil production freeze

World's big oil producers fail to agree on output cap to stabilise prices after months of uncertainty.

Middle East

Anger over red carpet rolled out for Sisi's convoy

Footage showing Egypt president's convoy driving over several kilometres of red carpet sparks outrage on social media.

War & Conflict

UN snubs most powerful Kurdish group at Geneva talks

As talks get under way, the PYD’s leader is staying in Geneva waiting for an invitation that seems unlikely to come.

Humanitarian crises

Syria peace talks in real-time

Live blog: Al Jazeera takes you through the corridors of the UN in Geneva, where warring rivals are meeting for the first time in two years.

Middle East

Assad's children 'learn languages, practise hobbies'

Post on Facebook page linked to wife of Syrian President reveals what appears to be an insight into family life.

Arts & Culture

Outrage in Lebanon over article 'slandering' Fairuz

Magazine describes iconic Lebanese singer as a supporter of Syrian President Assad, causing anger on social media.


The man who dreams of old Mecca

Saudi Architect Sami Angawi is still searching for the sanctity of his hometown, Mecca, the holy city that underwent massive changes over the past decades.

War & Conflict

Mapping the dead in latest Israeli-Palestinian violence

Tracking the human toll of the wave of violence in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel.

Middle East

Israel accused of 'deliberately killing' Palestinians

Rights groups say Israel is using excessive force against Palestinian civilians in the recent wave of violence.