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Iraq has found itself caught in a delicate balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

In-depth: More than 4.1 million girls and women are at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation in 2020.

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.

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

Abbad Yahya

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

The long read: A new book by Palestinian intellectual Azmi Bishara presents a comprehensive strategy to resist Trump and Netanyahu’s widely ...

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and ...

Sahar Esfandiari

JUMA Kitchen: Celebrating Iraqi culture and heritage through food

Philip Juma's love for Iraqi food runs deeper than the tantalising tastes and flavours. The London chef's cuisine is intimately tied to intense pride for his cultural heritage.

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EU embassies face Iraqi backlash after raising 'LGBTQ flag'

An LGBTQ flag that was raised by western diplomats in Iraq's capital Baghdad prompted a swift backlash online, forcing the missions to U-turn on ...

The New Arab

EU embassies raise LGBTQ flag in Iraqi capital

The representatives of Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union in Iraq marked the International Day Against Homophobia by raising the ...

The New Arab

Iraq's Mustafa al-Kadhimi takes the helm in stormy waters

Kadhimi will have to steer Iraq out of the coronavirus crisis, resuscitate an all-but-dead economy, and restore the faith of Iraqis in a ...

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 ...

Kyle Haddad-Fonda

Can Beijing's mask diplomacy win Arab hearts and minds?

Comment: In the absence of US support in the Middle East, China is turning the coronavirus crisis into an opportunity for a PR triumph, writes ...

The loneliness of being queer and Muslim

Aniqah Choudhri

The loneliness of being queer and Muslim

Comment: LGBT Muslims in the UK face both homophobia and Islamophobia, writes Aniqah Choudhri.

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

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 ...

Germany indicts <em>Iraqi</em> man over death of Yazidi girl

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Germany indicts Iraqi man over death of Yazidi girl

Prominent London-based human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is part of the team representing the dead Yazidi girl's mother, who is a co-plaintiff in ...

Valentine's Day brings love and worry in Iraq's Najaf

The New Arab & agencies

Valentine's Day brings love and worry in Iraq's Najaf

In recent years, Valentine's Day in the southern city of Najaf has emerged as a battleground between those who are advocates of personal freedom ...

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 Inanna's spirit alive.

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.

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Iran's Guards strike Iraq bases housing US troops

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps confirmed it had struck a military base in Iraq hosting US troops, in the first such attack since the killing ...

The New Arab & agencies

Soleimani receives hero's welcome as millions flood Iran streets

Millions of mourners dressed in black were seen gathered in Ahvaz in a live broadcast on state television.

Trump threatens to strike Iranian targets if Tehran retaliates

The New Arab & agencies

Trump threatens to strike Iranian targets if Tehran retaliates

Donald Trump warned on Saturday that the US will strike 52 sites in Iran 'very fast and very hard' if Tehran attacks Americans or US assets.

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Kuwaiti influencer insists blackface posts showcase her makeup talent

'What I've done is only to show what I am capable of': A Kuwaiti makeup artist has ignited fury after insisting her blackface makeup spreads a ...

'White' minus privilege: Census erases Middle Easterners, North Africans

Sarah Essa

'White' minus privilege: Census erases Middle Easterners, North Africans

Comment: By refusing to count us, the US census denies us our share of the whopping $800 billion in funding allocated according to census ...

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.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is reaching out to Israel

Suzan Quitaz

The Kingdom of Bahrain is reaching out to Israel

The associations between Israel and some Gulf monarchies like Bahrain have evolved to a point where they have transformed the geopolitical map ...

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