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Iraq's first independent film festival aims to take back control of tired narratives of the country and showcase emerging and established talent in film.

Prominent political leaders and rights activists with underlying health conditions have been excluded from a mass release of detainees from Bahrain's jails.

Night Letters: Afghan Islamists who Changed the World

Tam Hussein

Night Letters: Afghan Islamists who Changed the World

Book Club: Sand's literary skills and nearly a decade of journalism in Afghanistan paired with Qazizai's in-depth knowledge of the country and understanding of Islamic law produces this intriguing book.

Bahrain follows US lead on executions

Brian Dooley

Bahrain follows US lead on executions

Comment: Western government myopia means it's easier - in the short term, to stay silent about Bahrain's executions, than to cause a diplomatic ...

Sudan protesters call for 'civil disobedience' campaign in mid-July

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Sudan protesters call for 'civil disobedience' campaign in mid-July

The move, which aims to increase pressure on the ruling generals to hand power to a civilian administration, will be preceded by mass protests ...

Mel Plant

The post-2013 Egyptian identity of The Book of Cairo

Book Club: The Book of Cairo is a fantastic exploration of new Egyptian literature and Arab authors in English.

The New Arab & agencies

Sudanese army accused of 'dirty political games'

Talks between the Sudanese military and protesters ended in deadlock on Tuesday as the army refused to meet opposition demands for a ...

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan protesters gather for 'million-strong' march against military takeover

Protesters flock to Khartoum's military headquarters to demand civilian control of the new government as negotiations for a joint ...

The New Arab & agencies

Crowds to flood Sudan's capital for 'million-strong' march

Sudan's protest movement plans to hold a mass rally as it steps up pressure on the military to hand over power to civilians following last ...

Gazans turn to Bitcoin to escape financial blockade

Fadi O. Al-Naji

Gazans turn to Bitcoin to escape financial blockade

Feature: As Venezuelans invest in Bitcoin cryptocurrency to protect themselves from hyperinflation, people in the occupied Palestinian ...

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We are not numbers

Special coverage from Gaza

Will 2018 bring a third intifada in Gaza?

Fadi O. Al-Naji

Will 2018 bring a third intifada in Gaza?

Comment: The Great Return March could be the first sign of a third intifada breaking out in Gaza as the blockaded Strip becomes ever-more ...

Tobacco tax leaves Gazan dreams up in smoke

Fadi O. Al-Naji

Tobacco tax leaves Gazan dreams up in smoke

In-depth: Addicts are facing prison for their debts rather than getting help to quite, reports Fadi O. Al-Naji.

Egyptian court suspends novelist <em>Ahmed</em> Naji's prison sentence

The New Arab

Egyptian court suspends novelist Ahmed Naji's prison sentence

A Cairo court has suspended a two-year prison sentence against novelist Ahmed Naji, who was charged with 'destroying social ...

Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz 'should have faced trial'

The New Arab

Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz 'should have faced trial'

An Egyptian MP who voted against a proposal to amend a law on publishing crimes said that late Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz should have faced ...

Gianluca Costantini

Gallery: 'Aleppo is hell'

Italian artist Gianluca Costantini brings a new series of illustrations to The New Arab.

The New Arab

Egypt court rejects novelist Ahmed Naji's prison term suspension

A Cairo court has rejected a request by jailed novelist Ahmed Naji to suspend a two-year prison sentence he had received for ...

The New Arab

International writers, artists urge Egypt to free jailed novelist

Over 120 renowned writers and artists, including Hollywood director Woody Allen, have signed a PEN America petition urging Egypt to immediately ...

The New Arab & agencies

Jailed Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji to receive PEN award

Ahmed Naji, who received a two-year prison sentence in Egypt over publishing "sexually explicit content" in a literary ...

Egypt sentences blogger to three years for insulting women

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt sentences blogger to three years for insulting women

A court says Taymour el-Sobki's comments will harm public peace and damage public interest after the blogger said about 45 percent of married ...

The New Arab & agencies

Leading Egyptian columnist delivers stinging attack against Sisi

Prominent Egyptian columnist Ibrahim Eissa has expressed outrage against Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in what is considered the harshest attack to date ...

Steamy novel lands Egyptian novelist in jail

Nada Ramadan

Steamy novel lands Egyptian novelist in jail

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison after publishing a "sexually explicit" excerpt of his novel ...

Syria speaking: The heroism of Raqqa's 'Silently' activists

Sophia Akram

Syria speaking: The heroism of Raqqa's 'Silently' activists

Comment: Working undercover in the heart of 'the Caliphate', the bravery of a group of citizen journalists knows no bounds, writes Sophia Akram.

Ban, block, battle: Egypt's war with the truth

Amr Khalifa

Ban, block, battle: Egypt's war with the truth

Comment: The Egyptian regime is seeking to reduce 'the truth' to its version of it. This counter-revolutionary strategy should be fought off by ...

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