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

The brutal murder of a Jordanian woman by her father has put domestic violence under the spotlight.

Outrage in Jordan as 'father kills daughter with brick'

Diana Alghoul

Outrage in Jordan as 'father kills daughter with brick'

The harrowing account of Ahlam's chilling murder has caused outrage in Jordan and calls for justice.

Remembering the Middle East victims of gender-based violence

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.

Why we need to talk about othering and belonging

Zarqa Parvez

Why we need to talk about othering and belonging

Comment: It's high time we abandoned the 'us' and 'them' paradigm in favour of a more inclusive approach, writes Zarqa Parvez.

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 and the conservatives.

Malia Bouattia

From Lebanon to Chile, the patriarchal state must fall

Comment: For revolution in the Arab world to be truly successful, women's rights must be at the forefront of reform, writes Malia Bouattia.

Mel Plant

Middle East women killed, blinded, imprisoned and kidnapped

Women continue to face extreme violence throughout the region, whether from former partners or while protesting on the streets.

The New Arab

Palestinian Authority outlaws child marriage in occupied West Bank

Previously under the West Bank's legal system - a hybrid of Ottoman, British, Jordanian and PA laws - the legal marriage age was 15 for females ...

Spotlight on racism in Turkey after Syrian child suicide

The New Arab

Spotlight on racism in Turkey after Syrian child suicide

Syrians in Turkey are pointing to widespread racism as the cause behind the death by suicide of a nine-year-old Syrian boy.

Rothna Begum

The lethal cost of being a woman in Palestine

Comment: To prevent more killings like Israa's, abuse in all its forms must be criminalised so that the perpetrators can be prosecuted, writes ...

Palestinian <em>Israa</em> Ghrayeb died after 'torture, abuse' by relatives

The New Arab & agencies

Palestinian Israa Ghrayeb died after 'torture, abuse' by relatives

Israa Ghrayeb died after suffering 'severe respiratory failure' due to complications from multiple injuries caused by 'torture and ...

Relatives of <em>Israa</em> Ghrayeb charged after suspected 'honour killing'

The New Arab

Relatives of Israa Ghrayeb charged after suspected 'honour killing'

Israa Ghrayeb, 21, died after being allegedly beaten by her male relatives for posting a video on social media with her soon-to-be ...

Making sense of <em>Israa</em> Ghrayeb's senseless killing

Sabiha Allouche

Making sense of Israa Ghrayeb's senseless killing

Comment: Sabiha Allouche explores the myths of 'Arab men', 'Arab women', and 'honour killings' in the wake of the death of Israa ...

<em>Israa</em> Ghrayeb: Three arrested in relation to 'honour killing'

The New Arab

Israa Ghrayeb: Three arrested in relation to 'honour killing'

Three people have been arrested in connection with the suspected 'honour killing' of 21-year-old Israa Ghrayeb.

Sana Uqba

'Honour killings' are a problem and we know it

The killing of Israa Ghrayeb in Palestine has highlighted the prevalence of honour killings in the Arab world.

The New Arab

Israa Ghrayeb's family deny 'honour killing', claim demonic possession

Israa Ghrayeb's family have denied murdering her, claiming she was possessed by a jinn, or evil spirit, before she died.

The New Arab

Rights groups slam Saudi Arabia's mass execution of activists

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International slammed Saudi Arabia once again on Wednesday for its move to execute dozens of people, including ...

The New Arab

Saudi authorities must drop calls to execute protesters: Amnesty

Amnesty International has called on Saudi Arabia to drop calls to execute peaceful protesters and to cancel the death penalty altogether.

Lies and murder: Riyadh's war on dissent

The New Arab

Lies and murder: Riyadh's war on dissent

Nurturing the public profile of a reformer, MbS has sought to consolidate his power under the guise of economic and social liberalisation, ...

Sophia Akram

The West's love affair with Saudi Arabia must end

Comment: The West must stop turning a blind eye to Saudi Arabia's human rights abuses and take a more harsh approach towards the kingdom, writes ...

#BeepForFreedom: Protesters at Saudi London embassy demand activists' release #BeepForFreedom: Protesters at Saudi London embassy demand activists' release

The New Arab

#BeepForFreedom: Protesters at Saudi London embassy demand activists' release

Dozens of protesters have rallied outside the Saudi embassy in the British capital London on Thursday to call for the release of detained women ...

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for woman activist

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty for woman activist

Israa al-Ghomgham is the first female activist to possibly face the death penalty for her human rights work.

Canada criticises possible death penalty for Saudi woman activist

The New Arab

Canada criticises possible death penalty for Saudi woman activist

Canadian authorities have voiced concern over a female human rights activist in Saudi Arabia who is facing a possible death penalty, despite a ...

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