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Despite the challenges, human rights defenders across the Middle East and North Africa are continuing their battle for civil rights in the face of increasing oppression.

For some the constitutional talks were a last hope in ending the Syrian war peacefully. For others, it was another attempt by the regime to stall for time.

AIPAC wants to decide who runs in Palestinian elections

Mitchell Plitnick

AIPAC wants to decide who runs in Palestinian elections

Comment: America's Israel lobby has no right to dictate who is or is not eligible and legitimate to run in Palestinian elections. Doing so is profoundly anti-democratic, writes Mitchell Plitnick.

Germany wants troops to stay on in Afghanistan

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Germany wants troops to stay on in Afghanistan

Germany wants to extend its military presence in Afghanistan.

Democracy at 'all-time low' following coronavirus driven by authoritarians

The New Arab Staff

Democracy at 'all-time low' following coronavirus driven by authoritarians

The Democracy Index in 2020 has hit an all-time low since the index was first produced in 2006.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US shakes Yemen policy, but long road to peace

Biden's decisions last week mark a reversal of policies by his predecessor Donald Trump, a staunch backer of Saudi Arabia and a fierce opponent of rebel supporter Iran.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt’s president says he supports interim Libya government

In rare televised comments, al-Sisi said the appointment of the interim government, which includes a three-member Presidential Council and a ...

Anatol Lieven

What Putin nemesis Navalny is, and what he isn't

Comment: The US should be careful to assume Alexei Navalny would be the answer to all its problems in Russia, writes Anatol Lieven.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Al-Qaeda's leader in Yemen under arrest: UN report

The leader of Al-Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate has been under arrest for several months, in what will be seen as a huge breakthrough in the fight ...

UAE-backed southern Yemen leader hints at normalisation with Israel

The New Arab Staff

UAE-backed southern Yemen leader hints at normalisation with Israel

The head of the UAE-backed STC, Adirous Al-Zubaidi, said normalisation with Israel would be on the agenda if the south achieves independence.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

How the odds were stacked against Yemen's revolution

In-depth: A decade since the 2011 uprising, the hopes of Yemenis for freedom and an end to authoritarian rule have been shattered by war and a ...

Russia suggests <em>peace</em> conference, US to renew Palestinian ties

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Russia suggests peace conference, US to renew Palestinian ties

Russia has backed a Palestinian proposal for a Middle East conference.

Libya submits candidates for unified executive authority

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Libya submits candidates for unified executive authority

Candidates have put themselves forward for positions in Libya's upcoming Presidency Council and the offices of prime minister.

The eternal promise of the Arab <em>Spring</em>

Mohamed ElBaradei

The eternal promise of the Arab Spring

Comment: The ideals of the Arab Spring remain out of reach for many. But the quest for freedom, though long and uneven, is inevitable ...

Discontent remains 10 years after Tunisia's Arab <em>Spring</em> protests

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Discontent remains 10 years after Tunisia's Arab Spring protests

While Tunisia - unlike most of its regional neighbours - has kept the candle of a fragile democracy burning, widespread popular discontent is ...

The New Arab Staff

The New Arab's Most Important Stories from 2020

A retrospective of our coverage of 2020's leading stories

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey bolsters influence across North Africa's Maghreb

Turkish imports to the Maghreb region have risen sharply, especially "Made in Turkey" textiles.

Eldar Mamedov

The EU should stop coddling Middle East dictators

Comment: The EU's double standard when it comes to 'friendly authoritarians' like Sisi undermines its credibility and weakens the promotion of ...

The New Arab Staff

Six Syrian rebels killed in explosion as clashes continue

Six members of the Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sham Syrian rebel group have been killed in an explosion in north-western Syria, as Turkey said it ...

How Putin's Russia helped crush the Arab <em>Spring</em>

Paul Iddon

How Putin's Russia helped crush the Arab Spring

Analysis: Putin has always endorsed authoritarian rule in the Middle East and Russia has profited significantly from the brutal subversion of ...

The New Arab Staff

TNA Voice Podcast: Arab Spring Special (Part 1)

Our podcast bringing you compelling stories from the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond.

Is the Arab <em>Spring</em> still relevant a decade later?

Amr Salahi

Is the Arab Spring still relevant a decade later?

In-depth: Ten years after the Arab Spring broke out, the hopes of protesters for democracy and social justice have failed to ...

Russia and Turkey's complex regional rivalry

Ruslan Trad

Russia and Turkey's complex regional rivalry

Analysis: Conflict dynamics in both Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh are part of a broad field of confrontation between Moscow and Ankara, stretching ...

The geopolitical shadow of Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The geopolitical shadow of Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

Analysis: Ethiopia's deadly civil war in Tigray province risks triggering wider geopolitical instability in the Horn of Africa.

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