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Comment: Sam Hamad reflects on the legacy of Walid al-Muallem, Assad's foreign minister who died this week, after he spent the past decade justifying Assad's crimes to the world.

The execution of 21 men on terrorism-related charges, and warnings hundreds more risk the same fate, have raised fears that Iraq's counterterrorism laws are unfairly targeting Sunni citizens.

Assad's sham refugee conference marks dark 50-years of regime

Sam Hamad

Assad's sham refugee conference marks dark 50-years of regime

Comment: Displaced Syrian refugees know all too well that 'reconstruction' can never happen under the grip of a Russian-backed Assad regime, writes Sam Hamad.

Syrian rebels bomb regime positions following deadly Russian airstrike

The New Arab Staff

Syrian rebels bomb regime positions following deadly Russian airstrike

Syrian rebels have bombed regime positions in the northwest of the country in retaliation for a Russian airstrike which killed up to 100 ...

Saddam Hussein's right hand man Izzat Al-Douri 'dies'

The New Arab Staff

Saddam Hussein's right hand man Izzat Al-Douri 'dies'

Izzat Al-Douri died at the age of 78 in Iraq, the Baath Party announced on Monday.

The New Arab Staff

Assad press officer among six sanctioned by US

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions were imposed in memory of the victims of the chemical attacks in Ghouta seven years ago.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria's predictable faux election still had a few surprises

Syria's parliamentary elections resulted in another predictably huge win for the ruling Baath Party, but there were still some ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria's ruling Baath party wins parliamentary polls

President Bashar al-Assad's party and allies took 177 seats out of 250 in Sunday's polls, the third such elections since the start of ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Counting of 'farcical' Syria vote delayed by reruns

The parliamentary polls are expected to deliver a clear majority for authoritarian leader Bashar al-Assad's Baath party.

Exiled opposition says Syria polls a 'farce'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Exiled opposition says Syria polls a 'farce'

President Bashar al-Assad's Baath party and its allies are expected to take most of parliament's 250 seats.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.

War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling ...

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Suweida has enjoyed a great degree of autonomy from regime rule during the war, but the dire economic situation in Syria is hitting home.

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

The rise and fall of Rami Makhlouf will be one of the great turning points in recent Syrian history.

Former Syrian vice president Khaddam dies in France

The New Arab & agencies

Former Syrian vice president Khaddam dies in France

Former Assad family ally turned Syrian opposition figure Abdul Halim Khaddam succumbed to a heart attack early on Tuesday morning.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: The Struggle for State in Syria

The New Arab collates key points from Chatham House's series of panel discussion entitled 'The Struggle for State' , marking nine years since the start of the brutal Syria war.

The New Arab & agencies

Damascus announces parliamentary polls on 13 April

The polls, to be held across regime-controlled parts of Syria, are the third such elections in the country since the start of its nine-year ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq PM-designate calls for confidence vote Monday

Protesters say prime minister-designate Allawi is too close to the political elite they have fiercely fought against for months.

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian opposition launch new liberal party

The Syrian Liberal Party aims at keeping the dreams of the 2011 revolution alive and bring about a free and liberal Syria.

New noir crime-thriller captures candid portrait of occupied Iraq

Nazli Tarzi

New noir crime-thriller captures candid portrait of occupied Iraq

Set against the backdrop of Iraq's Anglo-American invasion 17 years ago, Baghdad Central peers into the lives of Baghdadis as their world frays ...

Judit Neurink

Government change offers no solution for Iraq

Comment: If Iraq's party system based on religion, ethnicity and endemic clientelism is not addressed, protests will recur and ...

Facebook removes dozens of pro-Saddam troll accounts

The New Arab

Facebook removes dozens of pro-Saddam troll accounts

Anti-Iraqi government accounts have been spreading pro-Saddam Hussein propaganda on Facebook, campaigners say.

Sudan's transition to democracy: Will it be smooth?

Munzoul Assal

Sudan's transition to democracy: Will it be smooth?

The success of new PM Abdalla Hamdok's cabinet is contingent on a number of requirements, chief among them, the collaboration between the ...

Iraqi poets face threats for criticising government corruption

Afrah Shawqi

Iraqi poets face threats for criticising government corruption

Many Iraqi poets have been using their words to criticise the government and political parties over corruption, lack of services and the absence ...

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