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The New Arab's picks for the best of Middle Eastern films and TV series from a difficult year.

Comment: The latest agreement between Fatah and Hamas might have a better chance of uniting Palestinians through compromise, but significant obstacles remain ahead, write Leila Seurat and Mohamed Younis.

Libya - a country controlled by organised crime gangs

Francesca Mannocchi

Libya - a country controlled by organised crime gangs

In-depth: Thousands of people have been abducted and killed in Libya, where the security services have all but disappeared and gangster militias act with impunity, reports Francesca Mannocchi.

'Zelal': the dark world of Egypt's psychiatric hospitals

Nada Ramadan

'Zelal': the dark world of Egypt's psychiatric hospitals

Egyptian filmmaker Marianne Khoury and late Tunisian director Mustapha Hasnaoui probe the world of Egypt's psychiatric hospitals in their ...

Palestinian refugees must not be forgotten

Pam Bailey

Palestinian refugees must not be forgotten

Comment: World Refugee Day will rightly focus on hotspots such as Syria, the Mediterranean and Burma. But we must not forget the case of ...

Geoffrey Aronson

Palestinian security forces will buckle under irreconcilable pressures

Analysis: There’s a new US coordinator, but the American-trained PSF’s role as ‘subcontractor’ to permanent occupation is now taken for granted. Cutting links with Israel’s security establishment is also an empty threat, however, that all have long stopped taking seriously.

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