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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.

Alaa Bliha, 27, rose to fame with videos of herself imitating famous figures from across the Arab world and beyond.

Filipino bands feel the pain amid coronavirus in Dubai

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Filipino bands feel the pain amid coronavirus in Dubai

Filipino bands, a mainstay of nightlife across the Gulf and Asia, face an uncertain fate as the Covid-19 pandemic draws crowds away from clubs.

Preventing a global education disaster

Kevin Watkins

Preventing a global education disaster

Comment: We must act now to ensure a perfect storm of lost schooling, increased child poverty, and deep budget cuts don't lead to unprecedented ...

In Iraq's Kurdish capital, all's fair in love, walls

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

In Iraq's Kurdish capital, all's fair in love, walls

"M + M = life," reads one slanted message in a dark corner.

The New Arab Staff

'Egyptian king' Mo Salah lifts trophy in national flag

Wednesday's win for Liverpool was also a moment of pride for Egyptians around the world.

Diana Alghoul

Top five Ramadan podcasts to beat the lockdown blues

Many Muslims are starting their own podcasts or series to share the knowledge they have. Here's a list of some Islamic-themed podcasts to listen ...

The New Arab

Coronavirus Pandemic: Positive stories of resilience and bravery

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of coronavirus this week

Yousif Nur

TootArd: Trailblazing fusion music from the occupied Golan Heights

The New Arab Meets: Musical sensation TootArd, an inventive ensemble from the occupied Golan Heights whose sound fuses desert blues, ...

Ramadan 2020: Keeping the faith in times of adversity

The New Arab

Ramadan 2020: Keeping the faith in times of adversity

The New Arab curates the best Ramadan 2020 content in celebration of the holy Muslim month.

The New Arab & agencies

Ramadan begins under the shadow of coronavirus

Many Muslim-majority states have cancelled communal prayers and cautioned against gathering for fast-breaking meals during the holy month.

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

The New Arab

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

Lebanon confirms its first case at a refugee camp, Turkish medics criticise government over health worker deaths and other stories in today's ...

Muslims create 'mini mosques' to beat Ramadan lockdown <em>blues</em>

Ella Linskens

Muslims create 'mini mosques' to beat Ramadan lockdown blues

With mosques shuttered due to the coronavirus epidemic, the 'Mini Mosque' campaign encourages families to create the spirit of Ramadan in their ...

Qatar musicians give balcony gig to banish virus <em>blues</em>

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar musicians give balcony gig to banish virus blues

Those within earshot of the musical neighbours have been treated to renditions of numbers including Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love ...

Tamikrest: Desert <em>blues</em> in the longing for Tuareg freedom

Yousif Nur

Tamikrest: Desert blues in the longing for Tuareg freedom

The New Arab Meets: Saharan desert blues band Tamikrest, whose fifth album Tamotaït offers songs of freedom and resistance from the ...

Lara Uhlenhaut

Lebanon's revolution finds an unlikely parallel in Malta

Comment: In both her native Malta, and her adopted Lebanon, Lara Uhlenhaut sees a clear political awakening; a new generation desperate to break away from traditional forms of politics.

Yousif Nur

Atlas Electronic Festival: Electronic music comes to Marrakech

Atlas Electronic is one of Morocco's leading electronic music festivals, held close to the city of Marrakech.

Yousif Nur

Gnaoua Festival: Fusing global sounds under one roof

Culture: Regarded as one of Morocco's most well attended events, the Gnaoua Festival brings different music genres from around the world ...

Yousif Nur

Visa For Music 2018

This year's line-up was more inclusive with representation from countries as far west as Canada, to as far east as South Korea.

Middle East Football: Bounedjah makes it to the top

Uri Levy

Middle East Football: Bounedjah makes it to the top

It's not every season a Middle Eastern player grabs top spot in the worldwide scorers' chart, but in the past weekend, Al-Sadd’s Algerian ...

Wilson Dizard

Can democracy survive the internet?

Comment: The digital political spectacle is a phenomenon that could prove fatal to democracy in America and beyond, writes Wilson Dizard.

Al-Masry's gifted Gazan: This week in Middle Eastern football

Uri Levy

Al-Masry's gifted Gazan: This week in Middle Eastern football

Also: the Saudis go on a sacking spree, and Middle Eastern football giants come to a head in the Asian Champions League.

Slave to Sirens: Middle East's first female metal band

Florence Massena

Slave to Sirens: Middle East's first female metal band

The New Arab Meets: An all-woman metal band breaking norms in Lebanon with a new sound. Florence Massena speaks to the women behind the music.

Tears and trophies: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Tears and trophies: This week in Middle East football

Football clubs in the Middle East are winding down after a grueling 2017-18 campaign, with some surprise teams among the familiar names lifting ...

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