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Book Club: From fiction to insightful memoirs and social commentary, The New Arab rounds up some of the best books written by Arab authors this year.

Fakhrizadeh's assassination throws Biden's Iran policy into the spotlight

Arash Azizi

Fakhrizadeh's assassination throws Biden's Iran policy into the spotlight

Comment: Biden has his work cut out, but he must stand up to the warmongers and formulate a peace policy for Iran and the region, writes Arash Azizi.

Syria Insight: What to expect under the Biden administration

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: What to expect under the Biden administration

After Joe Biden's election win, Syrians are waiting for signs that he will take a more considered approach towards the country's civil war.

At least 19 killed after gunmen storm Kabul University

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

At least 19 killed after gunmen storm Kabul University

At least 19 people were killed and 22 wounded in the attack on Kabul University.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Gunshots fired inside Kabul university: officials

The ministry of interior confirmed gunshots were heard at the university and that police had been deployed.

Horriya Marzouk

Between the lines: Egypt's censorship crackdown targets book translations

Egypt's top translation institution has barred foreign books that criticise religion or violate social values, with fears it could extend to ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran announces arrest of US-based 'terrorist group' leader

Iran said it has detained Jamshid Sharmahd, the leader of a US-based Iranian monarchist group, accusing him of planning a deadly 2008 bombing in ...

Nicholas Frakes

'Enough is enough': The fraught return of Lebanon's revolution

Lebanon's economic crisis has seen salaries slashed, the value of the lira plummet and the price of goods drastically inflate.

Iraq records first death from coronavirus

The New Arab

Iraq records first death from coronavirus

Iraqi authorities announced further cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, raising the country's total to 32.

Judit Neurink

Foreign children who lived under IS must be repatriated

Comment: The death of Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi has not removed the urgent need to resettle the children of Islamic State fighters, ...

Chile and Israel: a murderous match?

Belén Fernández

Chile and Israel: a murderous match?

Comment: The Chilean government is using Israeli military hardware and expertise to help execute a brutal repression, and not for the first ...

Gaddafi and Libya today: A tyrant's unique legacy

Amr Salahi

Gaddafi and Libya today: A tyrant's unique legacy

Fifty years after his coup against King Idris I of Libya, Gaddafi’s legacy, his erratic theories, and his destruction of the Libyan state ...

Unveiling of Sudan's sovereign council delayed

The New Arab & agencies

Unveiling of Sudan's sovereign council delayed

Sudan was expected to form its sovereign council Sunday, the first step after the landmark adoption of a transitional constitution, but the day ...

Sudan to name ruling council after landmark transition deal

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan to name ruling council after landmark transition deal

Rare scenes of jubilation filled the streets of the capital on Saturday after generals and opposition leaders signed the documents that will ...

The New Arab

Kushner 'justified Khashoggi's murder, calling him a terrorist'

'A terrorist masquerading as a journalist': An explosive new book claims Jared Kushner dismissed the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, echoing Saudi claims the veteran journalist was a terrorist.

Sumaiyya Naseem

A Woman is No Man: Patriarchy and psychological abuse

Book Club: From Birzeit to Brooklyn, Etaf Rum's debut novel is a raw portrayal of generational trauma, reviews Sumaiyya Naseem.

Sophia Akram

Activists urge iconic British Museum to return 'stolen goods'

BP or Not BP's campaign calls for the repatriation of stolen artefacts and human remains from UK museums and urges cultural institutions to ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Torture in Iraq prisons continues

This week's round-up of under-reported news focuses on the continuing abuses of Iraq's prison system, as well as the sarcasm and mockery that ...

Malaysian authorities launch probe into 'de-hijabbing' discussion

The New Arab & agencies

Malaysian authorities launch probe into 'de-hijabbing' discussion

Religious authorities in Malaysia have launched a probe into an event organised by an author who spoke about her choice not to wear the hijab.

Zahra Hankir

Queens of the Kingdom: Women of Saudi Arabia Speak

Book Club: Queens of the Kingdom will leave you with a strong sense of the deep existential crisis Saudi Arabia is facing and how its ...

US citizens among nine held in Saudi crackdown: activists

The New Arab & agencies

US citizens among nine held in Saudi crackdown: activists

News of the arrests came the morning after US lawmakers voted to end military support for a Saudi-led war in neighbouring Yemen, which has ...

Hizballah and Hamas: Israel's monopoly on defining 'terrorism'

Ramona Wadi

Hizballah and Hamas: Israel's monopoly on defining 'terrorism'

Comment: Blacklisting Hizballah is part of a wider system of Israeli-orchestrated oppression, writes Ramona Wadi.

The Iraq Report: Iran critics assassinated

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Iran critics assassinated

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on violence faced by those who dare call for an end to Iran's influence in Iraq.

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