The Middle East has been at the center of global attention for at least the past decade, and the state of affairs have become increasingly chaotic following the uprisings that took place in several countries during 2011.
2014 is shaping up to be another monumental year, with rebels threatening to overthrow the Iraqi government, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reaching deadly heights, and a crucial presidential election in Turkey, just to name a few.
As important to world news as these events are, most local papers do not feel these happenings are relevant to their coverage.
An exception to that would be the Tribune-Review, which has Betsy Hiel, a Pittsburgher based in Cairo. Hiel has covered everything from protests, to the Olympics, and sometimes had to get in harms way to find her story. She joined us from Istanbul to talk about her experience in the middle east and break down what is really going on over there.