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Adopted in 2017, the Tunisian gender violence law is supposed to protect women from domestic violence but is rarely applied properly and affects women in custody battles

The world bid farewell to the celebrated poet Mourid Barghouti in February. A champion of the Palestinian cause, Palestinian authors share their memories of the great writer.

Jewish communities in Arab Gulf nations form first association

The New Arab Staff

Jewish communities in Arab Gulf nations form first association

The Association of Gulf Jewish Communities will include a Jewish court and a regional Kosher certification agency.

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and ...

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Jad Salfiti

Denmark's women-led Mariam Mosque: Unorthodox reformation or overdue recognition?

Sherin Khankan and a group of Islamic academics founded the women-led Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen in 2016, sparking a debate among mainstream ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syrian potter preserves family's 450-year-old craft

85-year-old Syrian potter of Armenian origin, Misak Antranik Petros uses an ancient pottery wheel to throw different shapes from clay.

Alessandra Bajec

Fighting to advance the hard-won freedoms of Tunisia's revolution

In-depth: From women's rights to freedom of expression, progressives in Tunisia's young democracy are fighting to preserve and advance the ...

Narjas Zatat

Policy loopholes in MENA countries 'fail' women's rights

A report by Plan International looks at civil society and law reform in the MENA.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Transgender people to gain inheritance rights in Bangladesh

Transgender people will soon be able to inherit property from their families, the latest effort to give the minority group more rights in the ...

US court summoned Lebanon ex-FM over kidnapping, torture case

The New Arab Staff

US court summoned Lebanon ex-FM over kidnapping, torture case

A Lebanese-American couple is seeking justice through US courts for kidnapping and torture under the alleged direction of Gebran Bassil.

The New Arab Staff

UAE gets tough on 'honour killings' in latest reform

The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to ...

US-based Zoroastrian priest killed in Iran, reports say

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US-based Zoroastrian priest killed in Iran, reports say

Zoroastrianism was the dominant religion in Persia, prior to the arrival of Islam.

The modern-day child slaves of Mauritania

Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Arabic edition

The modern-day child slaves of Mauritania

Mauritania abolished slavery in 1981, the last country to do so, but the practice remains deeply rooted in society.

Bella Hadid is right, Palestinians won't stand for erasure

Elias Jahshan

Bella Hadid is right, Palestinians won't stand for erasure

Comment: What happened to Bella Hadid is just one of the many ways we Palestinians are censored when we speak our truth, writes Elias Jahshan.

Former Spanish king faces probe over Saudi kickbacks scandal

The New Arab Staff

Former Spanish king faces probe over Saudi kickbacks scandal

Former King Juan Carlos allegedly received $100 million in kickbacks from Saudi Arabia in relation to a multi-billion dollar rail deal.

Pranab Bardhan

Modi's performance and the tragedy of India's poor

Comment: PM Modi's handling of the coronavirus pandemic failed India's poorest, with pitifully inadequate funds and an over-centralised response, writes Pranab Bardhan.

Alainna Liloia

How an imprisoned Saudi princess personified MbS' greatest fears

Comment: Under Mohammed bin Salman's rule, it is unimportant whether those detained have committed a crime, questioning his vision is enough to ...

Gaia Caramazza

Remembering the Middle East victims of gender-based violence

#IWD2020: From Saudi Arabia to Palestine, women in the Middle East are fighting against gender-based violence and sexual harassment.

Sumaiyya Naseem

A dystopian vision of Kuwait: Mama Hissa's Mice

Book Club: Mama Hissa's Mice is a story where the personal aligns with the political, making this a timely and important novel.

Hosni Mubarak: The godfather of Egypt’s corrupt police state

Amr Salahi

Hosni Mubarak: The godfather of Egypt’s corrupt police state

Hosni Mubarak died on Tuesday at the age of 91. His uninspired rule lasted for 29 years and saw the entrenchment of corruption and the ...

The New Arab

Palestinian tribal leaders stand against women’s equality treaty

Palestinian tribal leaders have issued a statement calling for withdrawal from the CEDAW treaty, which prohibits discrimination against women, ...

One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

Mel Plant

One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

In-depth: Hopes for peace and justice remain unclear a year after the start of Sudan's revolution, Mel Plant writes.

Tunisia needs more than sex ed to break taboos

Sarah Yerkes

Tunisia needs more than sex ed to break taboos

Comment: Tunisia's new sex education curriculum is a positive step, but a real change in attitudes will take at least a generation, writes Sarah ...

Nobody knows Lebanon's problems better than its women

Carmen Geha

Nobody knows Lebanon's problems better than its women

Comment: Lebanon's women have been able to participate, lead, and shine because this uprising challenges the very pillars that govern our lives, ...

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