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Comment: For Iranians tired of one-dimensional 'likes', persistent trolls, and absent audiences, Clubhouse has fostered a new kind of more inclusive, real-time political dialogue, writes Hossein Derakhshan.

From across the literary spectrum, Sarah Shaffi picks her favourite reads for you to delve into during the month of Ramadan.

Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for second season

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for second season

Uncut scenes of the second season of an Iranian TV show posted online pushed viewers to suspect censorship from the government.

Sonia Nimr's Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands

Ramona Wadi

Sonia Nimr's Wondrous Journeys in Strange Lands

Book Club: Sonia Nimr's fantastical story reads like a series of folktales in which the circles of life come together when the struggle is ...

How Europe is undermining Biden's Middle East agenda

Eldar Mamedov

How Europe is undermining Biden's Middle East agenda

Comment: France, UK and Germany are undermining US efforts to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. If this impasse is not resolved soon, it will ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Forgotten Syrians need winter help, says author Gaiman

Award-winning writer Neil Gaiman said the world should remember that refugees are ordinary people dealing with upheaval.

Diana Alghoul

The race is close, but would Trump accept defeat?

The political path to victory is one thing, but with Trump threatening to take legal action if he loses then the race for the presidency could ...

The New Arab Staff

Netflix announces host of new Turkish TV series

The streaming giant is massively expanding its roster of Turkish original TV series and films.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Disney adds new racism disclaimers to older streaming titles

Shying away from past racism, Disney is adding disclaimers to classics, including Peter Pan and Aristocrats to warn viewers about derogatory ...

Egypt singer adds modern touch to Islamic chanting

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Egypt singer adds modern touch to Islamic chanting

Mahmoud al-Tohamy talks about his Islamic chanting, Sufism and Islamic plurality.

Ryan Costello

Snapback: The last gasp of Trump's failed Iran strategy

Comment: The Trump administration's effort to trigger the 'snapback' mechanism puts US isolation and the failure of its 'maximum pressure' ...

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Gasia Ohanes

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Running quickly out of options as talks over an IMF bailout stall, Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed government says it wants to pivot to China, but ...

Boris Johnson's new-model colonial policy

Arkebe Oqubay

Boris Johnson's new-model colonial policy

Comment: Johnson's decision to put the Department for International Development directly under the control of the foreign ministry is indicative ...

Coronavirus contemplations: Part III

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part III

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Azmi Bishara

Coronavirus contemplations: Part I

Comment: In this three-part series, Dr Azmi Bishara takes a deep dive look at how citizens and states have responded to an unprecedented ...

Laura Albast

Joint List chooses the butcher's other hand: Benny Gantz

Comment: Gantz has an atrocious record, but collaborating with him is a strategic move away from the politics of protest, to politics from within, writes Laura Albast.

The New Arab

Jordan asks Netflix not to stream provocative 'Messiah' series

Jordan is worried the series could be interpreted as 'infringing on the sanctity of religion'.

International Crisis Group

Ways out of Europe's Syria reconstruction conundrum

Comment: A new report by International Crisis Group suggests there are ways Europe can support needy Syrians, without compromising on its ...

Muhammad Shehada

Israeli settlements: A final wakeup call to the EU

Comment: It's crucial that the international community acts now to stop Israel, with US support, inching closer towards perpetual apartheid, ...

Iraq's lost generation

Oula Kadhum

Iraq's lost generation

Comment: Iraq's protest movement must evolve into a viable opposition, with a leadership that can mobilise technocrats from across Iraq, writes ...

Jad Salfiti

Middle Eastern female filmmakers at Venice Film Festival

Culture: A record number of Arab films competed in Venice this year.

The UAE's 'withdrawal' from Yemen is merely an illusion

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The UAE's 'withdrawal' from Yemen is merely an illusion

Comment: Any alterations to UAE's strategy will not hinder its long-term ambitions to control Yemen's ports and resources, writes Jonathan ...

Jordanians spooked by sweary, sexy Netflix original 'Jinn'

The New Arab

Jordanians spooked by sweary, sexy Netflix original 'Jinn'

Jordanians were excited to watch the locally produced Netflix original - but many were wildly disappointed when 'Jinn' became available this ...

Five reasons Game of Thrones is a Ramadan series

The New Arab

Five reasons Game of Thrones is a Ramadan series

Game of Thrones' final season has been panned by most critics for being rushed, over the top and full of errors - which makes it the perfect ...

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