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

Mosul tells the gruelling story of the Nineveh SWAT team's battle against the Islamic State, but overlooks civilian testimonies and the sacrifices of ordinary people.

Critics slam Wonder Woman 1984 for 'anti-Arab racism'

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Critics slam Wonder Woman 1984 for 'anti-Arab racism'

Some viewers have accused the superhero film of reproducing racist, anti-Arab tropes.

Distributors 'wouldn't touch' Khashoggi documentary, director says

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Distributors 'wouldn't touch' Khashoggi documentary, director says

Bryan Fogel says media companies 'look the other way' when it comes to Saudi rights abuses.

French court jails Moroccan for life over foiled attack

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French court jails Moroccan for life over foiled attack

A French court on Thursday jailed for life a Moroccan man who planned a terror attack on a Paris-bound international train in 2015.

Yousra Samir Imran

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

In-depth: The decision to transfer imprisoned activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a terrorism tribunal is proof that little progress has been made on women's rights in Saudi Arabia.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt orders release of rights activists after global pressure

A security and juridical source told AFP that three staff of a high-profile Egyptian rights group were ordered released by the country's public ...

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Scarlett Johansson urges Egypt to release imprisoned rights activists

The American actress urged authorities to release activists from the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EiPR) in a video posted on the ...

Gia Noortas and Hiba Rahim

There is nothing funny about the racism in Borat

Comment: Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character is as xenophobic and offensive today as he was in 2005. He should be shunned by Hollywood, ...

Iran mocks Al-Qaeda number two killed in Tehran report

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Iran mocks Al-Qaeda number two killed in Tehran report

The senior Al-Qaeda leader, whose nom de guerre was Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was killed along with his daughter, Miriam, the widow of Osama bin ...

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Trump: the wrecking ball who came to 'fix' America

Rising to power by claiming to fix the US, Donald Trump has left a turbulent legacy.

Gal Gadot as Cleopatra: The view from Egypt

Horriya Marzouk

Gal Gadot as Cleopatra: The view from Egypt

Plans for a new film about Cleopatra starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot have sparked controversy in Egypt.

Half of Trump voters believe QAnon conspiracy theory: poll

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Half of Trump voters believe QAnon conspiracy theory: poll

A new poll has revealed that only 17 percent of registered Trump voters don't believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory that has swept the United ...

Outrage as Israeli actress Gal Gadot announces Cleopatra role

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Outrage as Israeli actress Gal Gadot announces Cleopatra role

Social media users took aim at Gal Gadot once again this week after she announced her new role as Egyptian Queen Cleopatra.

Akinci to face Erdogan-backed rival in Turkish Cypriot election

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Akinci to face Erdogan-backed rival in Turkish Cypriot election

Pro-reunification moderate Mustafa Akinci will face Ankara-backed nationalist Ersin Tatar in the race for the Turkish Cypriot presidency, which ...

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Turkish Cypriots vote for new leader amid Mediterranean tensions

The election in the breakaway TRNC that is recognised only by Ankara.

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Mark Ruffalo 'The Hulk' defends the Palestinians

The Avengers star slammed Israel's 'asymmetric warfare' against the Palestinians.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

HRW launches campaign to counter Saudi 'image laundering'

On the second anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi's murder, Human Rights Watch launches a campaign to counter Saudi 'image laundering'.

Aniqah Choudhri

Disney's Mulan is an insult to Uighurs, Muslims everywhere

Comment: Disney's new Mulan employs lazy and offensive stereotypes of Arabs, and is filmed on the very same lands where China is persecuting ...

Mulan movie boycott calls grow over Xinjiang scenes

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Mulan movie boycott calls grow over Xinjiang scenes

Mulan's remake is facing fresh boycott calls after some scenes were filmed in Xinjiang, where Uighur Muslims have been oppressed.

Sahar Esfandiari

Inside Iraq's first independent film festival

Iraq's first independent film festival aims to take back control of tired narratives of the country and showcase emerging and established talent ...

Russell Crowe donates to Beirut restaurant destroyed in blast

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Russell Crowe donates to Beirut restaurant destroyed in blast

Actor Russell Crowe made a donation on behalf of the late celebrity chef to Le Chef, a restaurant which was destroyed in the twin explosions ...

The Dictatorship Syndrome by Alaa Al Aswany

Barak Barfi

The Dictatorship Syndrome by Alaa Al Aswany

Book Club: Alaa Al Aswany explains dictatorship as a disease whose causes and symptoms must be thoroughly studied if we wish to eradicate it.

<em>Hollywood</em> actors, renowned writers urge Egypt to free activist

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Hollywood actors, renowned writers urge Egypt to free activist

Noam Chomsky, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Arundhati Roy were among the public figures to call for the release of prominent Egyptian activist Sanaa ...

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