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A group led by retired army officers snuck into the foreign ministry and declared the building a "headquarters of the revolution".

Comment: Lebanon has reached a tipping point which, if history is anything to go by, can lead to irreversible damage, writes Carmen Geha.

Iran protests US jet approach at UN

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran protests US jet approach at UN

Protests have been lodged with the International Civil Aviation Organization - a UN agency - and the Swiss embassy in Tehran that handles US interests in Iran.

Syria's predictable faux election still had a few surprises

Paul McLoughlin

Syria's predictable faux election still had a few surprises

Syria's parliamentary elections resulted in another predictably huge win for the ruling Baath Party, but there were still some insights into the ...

Turkey sent 3,500 <em>Syrian</em> fighters to Libya -US report

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey sent 3,500 Syrian fighters to Libya -US report

The US Defence Department says that Turkey sent up to 3,800 paid Syrian fighters to fight for the Libyan government, while Russia sent ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: German court case highlights Assad's torture legacy

Syria Insight: A German court case has gripped the Syrian diaspora in Europe, shedding light on Assad's notorious campaign of torture.

Khaled Sid Mohand

How Abu Dhabi is helping out Damascus

Comment: Khaled Sid Mohand of The Justice and Liberties for All Committee discusses normalisation, and the UAE's monetary, military and security ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Suweida has enjoyed a great degree of autonomy from regime rule during the war, but the dire economic situation in Syria is hitting home.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Nine regime fighters killed in blast in south Syria

A roadside bomb has killed nine pro-regime fighters in the restive province of Daraa in southern Syria, which has seen a number of attacks on ...

On World Refugee Day, let's remember our revolutionary refugees

Noor Ghazal Aswad

On World Refugee Day, let's remember our revolutionary refugees

Comment: We must expand our understanding of the refugee figure beyond the spectacle of suffering, to a celebration of bravery and ...

Paul McLoughlin

A letter to Putin: 'Release Syrian detainees'

A Syrian doctor and former detainee has made a last-ditch effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Syria's packed jails by writing ...

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Sam Hamad

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Comment: Sisi's counter-revolutionary track record and Haftar's war on Tripoli put their overtures to peace on very shaky ground, writes Sam ...

Syria regime mobilises supporters after Suweidah anti-Assad protests

The New Arab Staff

Syria regime mobilises supporters after Suweidah anti-Assad protests

Suweidah province has seen large-scale protests against the Syrian regime.

Lebanon weighs impact of Caesar Act as economy nosedives

Kareem Chehayeb

Lebanon weighs impact of Caesar Act as economy nosedives

Cash-strapped Lebanon is weighing its response to a new US sanctions law targeting the Syrian regime.

Digital diplomacy could reshape politics in the Middle East

Paul McLoughlin

Digital diplomacy could reshape politics in the Middle East

Could digital diplomacy be the answer to inequality and war in the Middle East?

Paul McLoughlin

How Iran's Quds Day propaganda pictures backfired

Iran's Quds Day propaganda has backfired, with Tehran's role in the Syria war brought to task.

Tamirace Fakhoury

Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its peril

Comment: The Covid-19 era marks a new chapter in the erosion of refugee rights in Lebanon, and policymaking that excludes their access to ...

The New Arab

Syrian lira in free fall after 'Assad-Makhlouf' dispute

The Syrian lira has been severely dented by the coronavirus lockdown, sanctions, and now a domestic dispute.

Alessandra Bajec

How Tripoli emerged as the epicentre of Lebanon's crisis

Fuelled by widespread anger at growing economic hardship and corruption, Tripoli is leading the way in Lebanon's new wave of protests.

Human rights lawyers call for arrest of Assad’s cousin

The New Arab

Human rights lawyers call for arrest of Assad’s cousin

Following a public dispute between Bashar Al-Assad and his businessman cousin Rami Makhlouf, the Guernica 37 human rights lawyers group have ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

The rise and fall of Rami Makhlouf will be one of the great turning points in recent Syrian history.

Idlib residents protest opening of trade link with regime

The New Arab & agencies

Idlib residents protest opening of trade link with regime

Protests have broken out in Syria's last rebel-held bastion against the al-Qaeda-linked group that controls the area.

Coronavirus heightens mental health crisis in Lebanon's Palestinian camps

Finbar Anderson

Coronavirus heightens mental health crisis in Lebanon's Palestinian camps

Amid a rapidly deteriorating economy and Covid-19 restrictions, Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are facing a mental health crisis.

Assad's henchmen in the dock, Syrians inch towards justice

Sam Hamad

Assad's henchmen in the dock, Syrians inch towards justice

Comment: Assad's torturous regime prevails, but the trial in Germany that puts his accused henchmen in the dock is a step closer to justice for ...

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