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Comment: Egypt's newly created senate is will have no legislative power, and is just a method of expanding the regime's system of loyalty and patronage, writes Sam Hamad.

Comment: The WTO's objection to Mohammed bin Salman's Newcastle United deal won't fix Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but it's a step in the right direction, writes Courtney Freer.

Outrage as Saudi Arabia confesses to killing tribal activist

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Outrage as Saudi Arabia confesses to killing tribal activist

Saudi authorities on Wednesday confessed to the killing of a popular tribal activist who had allegedly refused a forced eviction amid ongoing plans to build NEOM megacity.

Saudi security 'kill' tribal activist resisting eviction for NEOM

The New Arab

Saudi security 'kill' tribal activist resisting eviction for NEOM

Abdul-Rahim al-Howeiti, of the large Howeitat tribe that inhabits southwest Jordan, Sinai and northwestern Saudi Arabia, was allegedly shot dead ...

Coronavirus exposes Arab world's information crisis and digital inequality

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Coronavirus exposes Arab world's information crisis and digital inequality

Comment: The coronavirus pandemic has shed further light on inequality, misinformation, and authoritarianism in the region, writes Tamara ...

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Saudi writer absurdly accuses Qatar of 'creating coronavirus'

Qatar, which has faced nearly three years of blockade, has been accused of creating the novel coronavirus this week, in absurd claims that sparked ridicule on Twitter.

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The New Arab's 10 biggest stories of 2019

A revolution in Sudan. A new Turkish offensive in Syria. A controversial citizenship amendment in India. These are The New Arab's top 10 stories ...

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Saudi women can now enlist in the army

The decision comes after a string of reforms, such as the historic reversal of the kingdom’s ban on female drivers.

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Saudi women can now enlist in the army

The decision comes after a string of reforms, such as the historic reversal of the kingdom’s ban on female drivers.

Saudi Arabia to begin issuing tourist visas this month

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Saudi Arabia to begin issuing tourist visas this month

Saudi Arabia will reportedly begin issuing tourist visas at the end of September, according to a local media outlet.

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MbS wants robot dinosaurs, fake moon for Saudi city

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman hopes to make his futuristic desert city Neom the 'most livable' city in the world. How will he do it?

China-US trade war impact on the Middle East

Stasa Salacanin

China-US trade war impact on the Middle East

High tensions and ongoing trade war between US and China has shaken the global economy. The Middle East could become one of the main ...

Apple boss Wozniak gets fingers into Saudi pie

CJ Werleman

Apple boss Wozniak gets fingers into Saudi pie

Comment: Tech giant and entrepreneur Steve Wozniak is rubber stamping the Saudi monarchy's efforts to rehabilitate its global reputation, writes ...

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Malia Bouattia

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Comment: The locking up of activists serves as a reminder that the Kingdom is neither interested in women's rights, nor in greater ...

Energy and geopolitical earthquake: The Saudi-Russian long-term oil deal

Stasa Salacanin

Energy and geopolitical earthquake: The Saudi-Russian long-term oil deal

In-depth: Saudi Arabia and Russia’s closer political and commercial cooperation, going beyond regulation of oil prices, has indicated a new ...

Anne Gadel and Mourad el-Bouanani

Two princes in a hurry shake up the Gulf

Comment: In UAE and Saudi Arabia, two princes are driving a geopolitical shake up. But do they share a common strategy? ask Anne Gadel and Mourad el-Bouanani.

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Saudi Arabia to establish opera, orchestra with French help

The agreement to set up an opera and national orchestra was announced on Monday by the French and Saudi ministers of culture.

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Diva duet: Paris to help Riyadh assemble ensemble

The agreement to set up an opera and national orchestra was announced on Monday by the French and Saudi ministers of culture.

Robert Springborg

Saudi megaproject harnesses Egypt's Sinai, but at what cost?

Comment: For Mohammed bin Salman, $10 billion is not an investment in Egypt's future, so much as a payment to its military for supporting his ...

Saudi Arabia defends 'just' Yemen war despite thousands killed

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Arabia defends 'just' Yemen war despite thousands killed

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has claimed the the country's devastating war in Yemen in morally right, as Mohammed bin Salman faces criticism ...

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MbS to arrive in Egypt Sunday for 3-day visit

Mohammed bin Salman is set to visit close ally Egypt this weekend, authorities confirmed.

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Robert Springborg

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes ...

A role in search of a hero

Robert Springborg

A role in search of a hero

Comment: The Arab world seems destined to continue to offer a leadership role in search of its hero, writes Robert Springborg.

Far-right former Trump aide Steve Bannon 'backs' Qatar blockade

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Far-right former Trump aide Steve Bannon 'backs' Qatar blockade

Breitbart far-right media guru Steve Bannon, who was once a key adviser to Donald Trump, has attacked Qatar in a speech, alluding to it being ...

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