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The New Arab Meets: Palestinian singer-songwriter Bashar Murad who uses his music to confront conservative norms, the Israeli occupation, and LGBT+ rights in the Middle East.

The lawyer of a Tunisian gay rights and democracy activist said she was accused of 'insulting' police officers and sentenced to prison while filing a complaint.

Libya: Ten years after uprising, abusive militias evade justice

The New Arab Staff

Libya: Ten years after uprising, abusive militias evade justice

It is the 10-year anniversary of the overthrowing of Gaddafi, and not much as changed, Amnesty International argues.

Myanmar coup leader: 'Join hands' with army for democracy

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Myanmar coup leader: 'Join hands' with army for democracy

The leaders of Myanmar’s coup have called on people to work with them for democracy, as people continue to protest on the streets.

In transient Dubai, expats struggle to find love

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In transient Dubai, expats struggle to find love

Expatriates in Dubai are failing to find love, with some put off by ostentatious displays of wealth.

Tharwa Boulifi

A gradual return to dictatorship in Tunisia?

Comment: Tunisians' biggest fear remains the return to a dictatorial regime that crippled their country. Recent events suggest they have good reason to worry, writes Tharwa Boulifi.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Erdogan compares LGBTQ+ and student protestors to terrorists

'This country will not be a place where terrorists prevail. We will never allow this', Erdogan said when speaking about LGBTQ+ and ...

The New Arab Staff

Twitter restricts 'hateful' LGBTQ posts by Turkish interior minister

Two of Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu's tweets have now been restricted for 'violating the Twitter rules around hateful conduct'.

Narjas Zatat

The racist legacy of outgoing US President Donald Trump

It is Donald Trump's last official day as President of the United States, and his departure is a good time to look back on his problematic ...

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi says vaccine ‘can turn people gay’

The New Arab Staff

Ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi says vaccine ‘can turn people gay’

An ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbi told his followers the Covid-19 vaccine is a global conspiracy to “establish a new world order” and "turn people ...

Jillian C. York

Deplatforming Trump is no atonement for tech's sins abroad

Comment: Debate over deplatforming Trump misses the point: That from India to Myanmar, Silicon Valley has failed to police hate speech for ...

UK, Turkey to sign free trade deal this week

The New Arab Staff

UK, Turkey to sign free trade deal this week

The new UK-Turkey trade deal, which will extend existing trading arrangements, is set to be signed on Tuesday.

Bibi's new election foe poses challenge to Biden

Mitchell Plitnick

Bibi's new election foe poses challenge to Biden

With Sa'ar leading the charge against Netanyahu, it is certain that the Biden administration will face a very hardline Israeli government, ...

'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Like Xanax': In Lebanon, crisis comedy combats trauma

Comedians have found plenty of material in the many mishaps of Lebanon, a multi-confessional country still deeply divided after the 1975-1990 ...

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

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 ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Biden to pick Buttigieg as transportation chief: reports

It's long been clear that Joe Biden would find some role for Pete Buttigieg in his administration.

The New Arab Staff

Turkey slaps 18+ rating on rainbow, LGBTQ products

Products with the rainbow colours or references to LGBT must now be sold with an 18+ rating on e-commerce sites, the trade ministry said.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran ex-VP says she will appeal jail sentence

A former vice-president to Iran's Hassan Rouhani says she had been accused of handing classified information to foreign parties.

Azhar Al-Rubaie and Mohammed Qasim

Why suicide is on the rise among Iraqi youths

Young Iraqis are being driven to despair as dire economic conditions exacerbate a growing mental health crisis.

US Muslim representative Ilhan Omar slams Trump's 'Klan' rallies

The New Arab Staff

US Muslim representative Ilhan Omar slams Trump's 'Klan' rallies

'The Squad' member and Minnesota congresswoman likened Donald Trump campaign rallies to racist Ku Klux Klan meets and slammed the incumbent US ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Bangladesh opens first Islamic school for transgender Muslims

Bangladesh has opened its first Islamic school for transgender Muslims, in a new win for LGBTQ+ members of the Islamic community.

Partisanship, not piety, predicts political views

Dalia Mogahed

Partisanship, not piety, predicts political views

Comment: While religion has the power to inspire, legitimise and manipulate, a new study shows it has little bearing on political positions, ...

Blair Imani: 'Donald Trump is a danger to Muslims'

Narjas Zatat

Blair Imani: 'Donald Trump is a danger to Muslims'

The New Arab Meets: Blair Imani, the 26-year-old powerhouse balancing authorship and activism in a heavily divided, election-heavy America.

Blair Imani: 'Trump is a danger to Muslims'

Narjas Zatat

Blair Imani: 'Trump is a danger to Muslims'

The New Arab Meets: Blair Imani, the 26-year-old powerhouse balancing authorship and activism in a heavily divided, election-heavy America.

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