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Hella Mewis, who ran arts programmes in the Iraqi capital, was "kidnapped" on Monday as police officers watched, a security source said.

Jaddoland: An intergenerational portrait of love (land) and loss

Nazli Tarzi

Jaddoland: An intergenerational portrait of love (land) and loss

Nadia Shihab's Jaddoland is an intimate exploration of identity and belonging across three generations of an Iraqi family in Texas.

Surrealist painter captures Iraq's descent into the abyss

Nazli Tarzi

Surrealist painter captures Iraq's descent into the abyss

Inside Karrar Sattar's work lives a distinctive darkness and haunting sadness that echoes the lived experiences of the nation at large.

Tracing Iraq's lost past: Photo archives and national memory

Nazli Tarzi

Tracing Iraq's lost past: Photo archives and national memory

Far removed from today's landscape of military fatigues and rubbled cities, the Iraq Photo Archive chronicles the country's cultural wealth and ...

Azhar Al-Rubaie and Abdulmuhaimen Basel

After IS, Mosul's women lead the fight against coronavirus

With Mosul's health system still struggling to recover three years after liberation from the Islamic State, women in the city are leading the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Paul Iddon

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iran neighbours impose travel bans as coronavirus toll rises

Iran's confirmed death toll from the new coronavirus rose to eight on Sunday, the highest outside China, sending neighbouring countries ...

Nazli Tarzi

Using shock art to highlight indifference to Iraqi lives

From thespians and dancers to fine artists and dramatists, Dar Al'Artivism's core membership comprises of the latest crop of Iraqi ...

Tamara Albanna raises awareness about women through Iraq's goddess

Ash Gallagher

Tamara Albanna raises awareness about women through Iraq's goddess

The New Arab Meets: Tamara Albanna to talk more about her artistry, her deep connection to a homeland she barely knows and her hopes of keeping ...

Paul Iddon

Cultural sites should never be a target of war

Comment: Trump's threat to target Iranian cultural sites shows complete disdain for Iran's people and their rich heritage, writes Paul Iddon.

The best books by Arab authors in 2019

Elias Jahshan

The best books by Arab authors in 2019

Book Club: The New Arab rounds up some of the best reads written in English by Arab authors this year.

Zauberland: A journey through a Syrian refugee's dreamscape

Hadani Ditmars

Zauberland: A journey through a Syrian refugee's dreamscape

The Syrian conflict is dramatically displayed at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House in London.

Arabicity: Contemporary Arab <em>Art</em>

Ramona Wadi

Arabicity: Contemporary Arab Art

Book Club: The artworks featured in this book are bound by common themes, from Palestinian dispossession by Zionist colonisation, to the war in ...

The Iraq Report: Suspected Israeli airstrikes worry <em>Iraqi</em> politicians

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Suspected Israeli airstrikes worry Iraqi politicians

Iraq reacts to suspected Israeli airstrikes as the country's parliament demands extradition of Saddam Hussein's daughter from Jordan.

Ali Bakeer

Did Israeli long-range drones bomb Iran-linked targets in Iraq?

Israel reportedly late last month launched strikes on Iranian targets deep inside Iraq, a move which could shift power dynamics and trigger new tensions in the fraught region.

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 ...

Sophia Akram

Activists urge iconic British Museum to return 'stolen goods'

BP or Not BP's campaign calls for the repatriation of stolen artefacts and human remains from UK museums and urges cultural institutions to ...

Sebastian Castelier and Azhar Al-Rubaie

Reviving culture in Iraq's former Islamic State stronghold

Feature: A cultural TV show in the Iraqi city of Mosul hopes to give artists the space to express themselves after years of generalised ...

Inside Gitmo: Who is Abd al-Hadi al-<em>Iraqi</em>?

Katy Stone

Inside Gitmo: Who is Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi?

Dispatches from Guantanamo: Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi has been held at the infamous prison camp for 12 years. The military judge has just ...

The New Arab

Here are your Top 10 stories of 2018

From Saudi Arabia's growing relationship with Israel, to a morality crackdown by Egyptian authorities, 2018 marked another tumultuous year for ...

Arabs must confront anti-blackness, and Fares' Goumi proves it

Ruqaya Izzidien

Arabs must confront anti-blackness, and Fares' Goumi proves it

Comment: Myriam Fares' latest music video feeds into anti-blackness, with few Arabs calling the Lebanese pop star out for the racist narrative ...

A hidden theatre reenacts 2018's suffering

Imogen Lambert

A hidden theatre reenacts 2018's suffering

New 'theatre reportage' brings together participants from around the Arab world and Europe to act scenes from the past year's news from a ...

Oh Iraq, you've come so far for beauty

Hadani Ditmars

Oh Iraq, you've come so far for beauty

Comment: Jihadists' war on beauty salons is anathema to a long-held Iraqi tradition of resilience and cultural resistance, writes ...

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