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Comment: The EU's double standard when it comes to 'friendly authoritarians' like Sisi undermines its credibility and weakens the promotion of human rights worldwide, writes Eldar Mamedov.

Pakistan's 'university of jihad' proud of Taliban alumni

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pakistan's 'university of jihad' proud of Taliban alumni

The Darul Uloom Haqqania seminary has taught several Taliban members currently negotiating with Afghanistan's government.

<em>Saudi</em> women's empowerment summit is an empty PR stunt

Alainna Liloia

Saudi women's empowerment summit is an empty PR stunt

Comment: Women's empowerment in Saudi Arabia will remain a sham initiative as long as the activists campaigning for such rights remain ...

Yemen's mini-libraries: 'a candle in the dark'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Yemen's mini-libraries: 'a candle in the dark'

The Yemen Reads campaign is establishing libraries across Sanaa to reignite peoples' interest in books.

Muhammad Shehada

The Saudi-UAE axis defeats Palestinians at the Arab League

Comment: The Saudi-Emirati alliance is at the heart of attempts to delegitimise the Palestinian cause and normalise Arab ties with Israel, including at the Arab League, writes Muhammad Shehada.

Mitchell Plitnick

Netanyahu's quest for legitimising occupation lures Serbia and Kosovo

Comment: Netanyahu and his right-wing government know full well that states will ultimately act in their own interests, even if it means leaving ...

Sam Hamad

For dissidents, Egypt has crossed a chilling new threshold

Comment: Sisi's heavy-handed persecution of Hassan instils fear and paranoia that will ultimately cause Egyptians at home and abroad to think ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

One in a million: Chosen hajj pilgrims rejoice

Pilgrims well up with tears of joy after being handpicked from among millions of Muslims vying for this year's hajj pilgrimage, which has been ...

Loujain al-Hathloul turns 31 in a <em>Saudi</em> prison cell

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 & Agencies

Trump warns Iran against execution of three over protests

President Trump called the expected execution of three Iranians over anti-government protests a 'terrible signal to the world'.

Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

Calls for the Hagia Sophia to serve again as a mosque have raised tensions between historic foes and uneasy NATO allies Turkey and Greece.

The UAE is gradually eclipsing <em>Saudi</em> Arabia in Yemen

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The UAE is gradually eclipsing Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Comment: The STC's takeover of Socotra indicates that the United Arab Emirates has marginalised Saudi Arabia into a weaker position, at ...

Mega arms deal with Egyptian regime exposes Italy's 'hypocrisy'

Gaia Caramazza

Mega arms deal with Egyptian regime exposes Italy's 'hypocrisy'

In-depth: Activists say Italy's $1.2 billion sale of warships to Egypt is a betrayal of murdered student Giuliu Regeni and thousands of ...

UAE feigns opposition to Israeli annexation to push normalisation

Muhammad Shehada

UAE feigns opposition to Israeli annexation to push normalisation

Comment: Setting the bar even lower, UAE and Saudi Arabia are touting normalisation with Israel in exchange for no annexation, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi attacker on US base had longstanding al-Qaeda ties

The Saudi student who killed three Americans at a US naval base had longstanding ties to Al-Qaeda and planned an attack before he arrived in the US, justice officials said.

The New Arab & agencies

FBI finds links between Saudi Pensacola gunman and al-Qaida

A Saudi military student planned a deadly attack on a US naval base before arriving in the United States, the FBI said.

Muhammad Shehada

Palestinians are next on Saudi Arabia's hit list

Comment: Despite its domestic woes, Saudi Arabia has not let up on its media campaign to manufacture pro-normalisation and ...

Alainna Liloia

How an imprisoned Saudi princess personified MbS' greatest fears

Comment: Under Mohammed bin Salman's rule, it is unimportant whether those detained have committed a crime, questioning his vision is enough to ...

Don't forget about the Gulf's migrant workers

Alainna Liloia

Don't forget about the Gulf's migrant workers

Comment: For migrant workers in the Gulf, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated their already vulnerable position, writes Alainna Liloia.

The New Arab

Coronavirus lockdowns are further eroding civil rights in Mideast

A new tracker has been launched to monitor the degradation of civil liberties across the world as countries grapple with a fast-spreading virus ...

Coronavirus pandemic fails to deter aggressive <em>Saudi</em> arrest campaign

The New Arab

Coronavirus pandemic fails to deter aggressive Saudi arrest campaign

Some of those arrested in the latest crackdown were reportedly figures close to the Saudi establishment.

Suspending Turkish football would 'increase divorces', club chief argues

The New Arab

Suspending Turkish football would 'increase divorces', club chief argues

Cancelling Turkey's Super League matches over coronavirus fears would lead to an increase in divorces, the head of Turkish soccer club ...

Turkey evicts students to quarantine thousands of pilgrims

The New Arab

Turkey evicts students to quarantine thousands of pilgrims

Turkish government have ramped up measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, announcing the closure of bars, nightclubs and other ...

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