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2020: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

2020: 10 uplifting stories from the Middle East

Marred by the coronavirus pandemic, the year 2020 has been a challenge for all. Here are some stories that provided glimmers of hope.

The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

The New Arab Staff

The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

A retrospective of our coverage of 2020's leading stories

Arab protest and erratic statehood: Part II

Rami G. Khouri

Arab protest and erratic statehood: Part II

Comment: Reflecting on a decade of Arab uprisings, Rami Khouri takes stock of a protest movement on hold, as Arab states and citizens enter ...

Rami G. Khouri

Arab protest and erratic statehood: Part I

Comment: Rami Khouri reflects on a decade of Arab uprisings that saw unprecedented protest and the slow birth of a new Arab citizen, but also the brutal response of regimes.

Gaia Caramazza

Why the Middle East cannot ignore violence against women

A new survey by the Arab Barometer highlights the devastating impact of gender-based violence in the Middle East during the coronavirus pandemic.

The New Arab Staff

Lebanese central bank governor refuses to appear before court

Riad Salameh refused to appear before the court when he was summoned to court as part of an investigation into corruption.

Florence Massena

Before a public memorial, Beirut needs to heal

With homes still destroyed and no one held accountable for Beirut's devastating port blast, plans to build a memorial site could prove ...

Jumblatt signals no movement on Hariri government formation

The New Arab Staff

Jumblatt signals no movement on Hariri government formation

Lebanon's main Druze politician said there would be no 'white smoke' to signal that a new government formation is in the making.

The New Arab Staff

Lebanese government to keep bread subsidy, pledges alternative plan

Ministers agreed in a meeting on Tuesday draft a plan to help cut spending while maintaining support for some basic goods.

Aid worker 'exploited, abused several Syrian women': report

The New Arab Staff

Aid worker 'exploited, abused several Syrian women': report

A report by the Syrian website Liberated-T has accused an aid worker of using his position to harass, exploit, and attempt to rape multiple ...

The soundtrack of the Arab uprisings in 10 songs

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

The soundtrack of the Arab uprisings in 10 songs

Few of the pro-democracy protesters who took the Middle East by storm in 2011 had a flag to raise or leader to follow. But all had a song to ...

In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

Around 90 civilians have been referred to the military justice system so far, according to Legal Agenda, a human rights group based in ...

The New Arab Staff

More than 60 prisoners escape Lebanese jail: security sources

The prisoners broke past tight security at the facility near the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, early in the morning, according to the source.

Rami G. Khouri

Six Middle East realities Biden can't afford to ignore

Comment: For there to be any real progress in our region, Biden must grasp how we reached this situation, and how we get out of it, writes Rami ...

The New Arab Staff

Protests erupt in Lebanon after assault on Byblos Mosque

A Mosque in Byblos was broken into and its muezzin was beaten, prompting protests calling for prosecution.

Nizar Hassan

Hariri's return: the fruit of a counterrevolution

Comment: By returning Hariri to the premiership, Lebanon's ruling class has completed a counterrevolutionary cycle that started with his ...

Lebanon president demands proof against US-sanctioned former minister

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon president demands proof against US-sanctioned former minister

President Michel Aoun has asked Lebanon's foreign minister to obtain 'evidence' of his son-in-law Gebran Bassil's alleged corruption.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Anti-France protests draw thousands in Asia, Middle East

Muslims in South Asia vented their fury at French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday while smaller anti-France protests also took ...

Protesters stage anti-France demonstration outside French embassy in <em>Beirut</em>

The New Arab Staff

Protesters stage anti-France demonstration outside French embassy in Beirut

Anti-France protests took place outside the French embassy in Beirut on Friday.

Hariri's comeback met with scorn and apathy in Lebanon

Farah-Silvana Kanaan

Hariri's comeback met with scorn and apathy in Lebanon

In-depth: Saad Hariri is back by unpopular demand after winning the backing of a narrow majority, almost exactly a year after he resigned amidst ...

Lebanon blast victims file almost 700 legal complaints

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon blast victims file almost 700 legal complaints

The Beirut Bar Association handed the public prosecutor almost 700 criminal complaints from victims of August's blast.

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