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The Templars, an international army of elite warriors set up to guard European pilgrims travelling to Jerusalem, used the island as their headquarters, a history that still resonates today.

Comment: Sisi has all but extinguished Egyptian dissent. Whether a new US president can force him into reforms he doesn't want to make remains to be seen, writes Sam Hamad.

How Europe's inhumane border is keeping refugees in Africa

Mohammed Harun Arsalai and Tara Ansari Esfahani

How Europe's inhumane border is keeping refugees in Africa

Comment: Europe's 'externalisation' policies have essentially pushed its borders deep into Africa, write Tara Ansari Esfahani and Mohammed Harun Arsalai.

Macron and Sisi's authoritarian embrace

Sam Hamad

Macron and Sisi's authoritarian embrace

Comment: The Egyptian and French presidents are attempting to control the meaning of Islam to enact their domestic, authoritarian agendas, ...

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, ...

Sam Hamad

For dissidents, Egypt has crossed a chilling new threshold

Comment: Sisi's heavy-handed persecution of Hassan instils fear and paranoia that will ultimately cause Egyptians at home and abroad to think twice before speaking out, writes Sam Hamad.

Anisa Abeytia

Refugees and democracy are dying at Europe's front door

Comment: The Syrian crisis has exposed gross inequities in the application of international law, and a thread bare democratic system, writes ...

Sam Hamad

For Syrians fleeing Idlib, there's nowhere left to run

Comment: The 2015 'refugee crisis' put the EU's inhumane anti-refugee policies on full display. A repeat of that could be about to happen, ...

Sam Hamad

Today, remembering Egypt's revolution is a form of resistance

Comment: Almost a decade after the January 25 revolution, the problems that fueled it have been wildly exacerbated under Sisi's tyrannical rule, ...

Merkel hails democracy, freedom, unless of course, you're Egyptian

Sam Hamad

Merkel hails democracy, freedom, unless of course, you're Egyptian

Comment: Europe has ignored Morsi's murder by an Egyptian regime that they continue to lavish, writes Sam Hamad.

Sam Hamad

Once again, US turns Syria into theatre of betrayal

Comment: The US was all that stood between the Kurds and Turkish aggression, now that buffer has gone, writes Sam Hamad.

Syria Weekly: Refugees in Lebanon face forced deportation

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Refugees in Lebanon face forced deportation

Lebanon is becoming an increasingly dangerous and insecure space for Syrian refugees.

Transgender refugee feared dead after deportation to Syria

Florence Dixon

Transgender refugee feared dead after deportation to Syria

Vulnerable refugees living legally and under protection in Turkey are being swept up in the widespread deportation campaign to devastating ...

Why Rabaa martyrs will forever haunt the Sisi regime

Sam Hamad

Why Rabaa martyrs will forever haunt the Sisi regime

Comment: The world may have never cared about the martyrs of Rabaa massacre, but remembering their sacrifice will preserve the cause of Egyptian ...

<em>Fortress</em> <em>Europe</em> is drowning in refugee and migrant blood

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Fortress Europe is drowning in refugee and migrant blood

Comment: Obsessed with controlling the numbers of migrants' arrivals, Europe is complicit in their frequent deaths. Only by ...

Jad Salfiti

Arab artists make waves at this year's Venice Biennale

The high-profile exhibition of contemporary art, The Venice Biennale, includes 79 international artists. We round up some of the Middle Eastern artists featured in Venice this year.

Malia Bouattia

Bouteflika can't afford to ignore Algeria's angry youth

Comment: 'Only one hero, the people.' Malia Bouattia notes it will be ordinary Algerians, not their rulers, who decide the country's future.

Sam Hamad

French support for Haftar sabotage undermines Libya 'reconciliation'

Comment: Europe's disingenuous attempt to foster 'reconciliation' in Libya is defined by its own narrow interests, writes Sam Hamad.

Alessandra Bajec

Italy pushes for repatriation to cut down Tunisian migrants

In line with the EU's long-standing border externalisation policy, the Italian government is demanding more cooperation from Tunisia to bring ...

I see you, Bashar al-Assad

Omar Sabbour

I see you, Bashar al-Assad

Comment: Assad may have finely tuned his propaganda machine, but history must remember him for what he is; a traitor of the Syrian people, ...

The New Arab

Hardliners rejoice and NGOs mourn: EU agrees migrant response

The EU deal has caused mixed reaction with hardliners welcoming the move and NGOs slamming the decision as 'demonising' rescuers.

Israel's attack on Syria just killed the Obama doctrine

Sam Hamad

Israel's attack on Syria just killed the Obama doctrine

Comment: Israel's attack on Syrian regime targets demonstrates what could have been achieved if the US or NATO had imposed a no-fly zone, writes ...

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Sam Hamad

Nubian minorities stand no chance amid Egypt's racist tyranny

Comment: Basic human rights are nowhere to be found in Egypt's police state, writes Sam Hamad.

Migrants face more danger after disputed Italy-Libya deal

Alessandra Bajec

Migrants face more danger after disputed Italy-Libya deal

In-depth: By reinforcing Europe's fortress policy, Italy is further endangering the lives of vulnerable migrants rather than solving ...

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