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Activists see Loujain al-Hathloul as an "incredible fierce and resolute" champion of women's rights who represented the kingdom's modern feminists.

Women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was convicted of "various activities prohibited by the anti-terrorism law", and sentenced to five years and eight months in prison.

Don't dress like Palestinians, Israeli comedian tells Gulf tourists

The New Arab Staff

Don't dress like Palestinians, Israeli comedian tells Gulf tourists

Noam Shuster has provided visiting Arabs with advice about what to expect when they visit.

The facade of women's rights in <em>Saudi</em> Arabia

Yousra Samir Imran

The facade of women's rights in Saudi Arabia

In-depth: The decision to transfer imprisoned activist Loujain al-Hathloul to a terrorism tribunal is proof that little progress has been made ...

'Makes no difference': <em>Saudi</em> minister slams German arms <em>ban</em>

The New Arab Staff

'Makes no difference': Saudi minister slams German arms ban

Saudi's foreign affairs minister said the Kingdom does not need German military equipment, as the European country prepares to once again ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Sudan's democratic transition still at risk of counter-revolutionary meddling

Comment: The reforms enacted in Sudan do not represent the immediate demands of protesters, and instead signal interference of UAE as a counter-revolutionary force, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Courtney Freer

Under anti-corruption guise, Saudi crown prince targets royal rivals

Comment: The arrest of two Saudi princes reflects Mohammed bin Salman's power to increase central control over the defence sector, ...

Alainna Liloia

Loujain al-Hathloul turns 31 in a Saudi prison cell

Comment: Loujain al-Hathloul's imprisonment and torture is an international problem, and it requires an international solution, writes Alainna ...

The New Arab Staff

Court rules that Saudi woman living alone 'not punishable'

Saudi Arabia still has strict laws restricting women's freedoms.

Outrage after Vogue Arabia films raunchy photoshoot in Medina

The New Arab Staff

Outrage after Vogue Arabia films raunchy photoshoot in Medina

A controversial photoshoot of top international supermodels took place inside the historical site of Al-Ula in the province of Saudi's holy city ...

Sana Uqba

British MPs 'outraged' over arms sales to Saudi Arabia

This week we focus on a 'disappointing' decision by the UK to resume Saudi arms sales, warnings over famine in Yemen and more.

UK Foreign Office urged to secure Gulf activists' safety

The New Arab Staff

UK Foreign Office urged to secure Gulf activists' safety

A group of UK lawmakers urged the UK Foreign Office to intervene in the cases of three Gulf activists who are at risk of contracting Covid-19 in ...

<em>Saudi</em> postpones reforms forcing husbands to disclose multiple wives

The New Arab Staff

Saudi postpones reforms forcing husbands to disclose multiple wives

Saudi Arabia's Shura Council ignored a recommendation aimed at ensuring Saudi women are aware if their husband has multiple ...

Ex-official's children were 'first victims' of MbS, brother claims

The New Arab

Ex-official's children were 'first victims' of MbS, brother claims

A interview with Khalid Aljabri reveals striking new details about the plight of his brother and sister Sarah and Omar Aljabri - who disappeared ...

Two years on, <em>Saudi</em> women's rights activists await trials

The New Arab

Two years on, Saudi women's rights activists await trials

Human rights groups have marked the two-year anniversary of the arrest of Saudi Arabia's leading women's rights activists by calling ...

James Reinl

Saudi accused of stifling women's rights in G20 talks

Saudi organisers are accused of stifling debate about women's rights and turning the G20 event into a public relations sham.

The New Arab

Popular Saudi Ramadan series 'defends homosexuality'

Saudi Twitter users were left outraged this week after a popular Ramadan drama series 'defended homosexuality'.

The New Arab

Justin Amash seeks US Presidential nomination

Progressives have warned any undecided voter who is 'Amash-curious' to steer clear, for his track record against support for almost 'any public ...

The New Arab & agencies

As society opens, Saudi women surge into job market

Despite Saudi Arabia's prevailing ultraconservatism, Saudi women have successfully made their mark in the kingdom's job market.

Amnesty complains to Premier League about MbS Newcastle bid

The New Arab & agencies

Amnesty complains to Premier League about MbS Newcastle bid

The Human rights group has expressed grave concerns over Saudi Arabia's potential purchase of Newcastle, given the country's history.

James Snell

MBS: The rise to power of Mohammed bin Salman

Book Club: Ben Hubbard tells the gripping story of how Saudi Arabia's mercurial ruler rose to power - a prince who would be king.

Exclusive: Loujain al-Hathloul's sister speaks out after trial postponed

Anthony Harwood

Exclusive: Loujain al-Hathloul's sister speaks out after trial postponed

The trial of Loujain al-Hathloul has been postponed indefinitely by the coronavirus outbreak. Her sister, speaking exclusively to The New Arab, ...

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 since this ...

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.

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