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Comment: By conflating Black Lives Matter protesters with looters, and nonviolent assembly with domestic terrorism, President Trump has criminalised a peaceful movement, writes Khaled Beydoun.

Algeria's tightening grip on the Hirak protest movement

Alessandra Bajec

Algeria's tightening grip on the Hirak protest movement

Repression has intensified against regime dissidents and independent media as the Algerian government maintains a coronavirus lockdown across the country.

Jordan arrests veteran dissident after publication of memoir

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Jordan arrests veteran dissident after publication of memoir

Former Jordanian MP Ahmed Owaidi Al-Abadi has been detained despite his ill health, the latest in a series of arrests of outspoken dissidents by ...

Trump signs executive order targeting social media giants

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Trump signs executive order targeting social media giants

Trump has doubled down on Twitter after the the platform labelled two of his tweets with fact-check notices, but critics say the executive ...

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Algiers recalls France envoy over Hirak documentary controversy

A French documentary about the protest movement has created conflict between France and Algeria over its depiction of the government.

Abbad Yahya

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

The long read: A new book by Palestinian intellectual Azmi Bishara presents a comprehensive strategy to resist Trump and Netanyahu’s widely ...

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.

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 ...

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Iran sentences French academic to 6 years in prison

Iran authorities have arrested a French-Iranian academic, who faces six years in prison.

Missouri lawmakers pass bill against boycotting Israel

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Missouri lawmakers pass bill against boycotting Israel

Missouri has become the 28th state to adopt legislation banning companies from boycotting Israel, violating Americans' right to free ...

Morocco, Tunisia arrest female bloggers over social media jokes

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Morocco, Tunisia arrest female bloggers over social media jokes

Rights groups are concerned with the way some North African countries are controlling citizens during Covid-19 lockdown.

Algeria launches coronavirus test kits production

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Algeria launches coronavirus test kits production

Algeria is manufacturing test kits for Covid-19 as authorities attempt to contain the spread of the virus.

Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

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Syrian Kurdish authorities ban journalist who 'offended martyrs'

Rudaw reporter Vivian Fatah has been banned from reporting for two months after she said Syrian Kurdish fighters were 'killed' rather than ...

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Algeria regime exploits virus to defeat protesters: analysts

Analysts have accused the Algerian government of exploiting the novel coronavirus pandemic to suppress the protest movement in the country.

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Facebook appoints Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman on oversight board

Facebook nominated Yemeni Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman as a member of its new Oversight Board, the company's latest content moderation ...

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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.

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Human rights groups demand release of Algerian journalist

Human rights groups are calling for the release of Reporters Without Borders journalist Khaled Drareni as Algeria cracks down on free ...

Tunisian President Kais Saied's first six months in power

Aidan Chivers

Tunisian President Kais Saied's first six months in power

The first six months of Kais Saied's presidency have been dominated by two major crises - the challenge to form a new government, and the ...

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus: Top stories

Turkey's coronavirus cases are beginning to decline and Algeria continues to crackdown on free speech amid strict pandemic ...

Lebanon's Central Bank governor defends his role amid crisis

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Lebanon's Central Bank governor defends his role amid crisis

Riad Salameh has alleged that there is a 'systematic campaign' against him.

Algeria arrest meme creator in crackdown on <em>free</em> <em>speech</em>

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Algeria arrest meme creator in crackdown on free speech

A well-known creator of a meme page called Walid Kechida is the latest victim of Algeria's crackdown on free speech after he ...

Aceh's public floggings continue amid Indonesia's coronavirus outbreak

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Aceh's public floggings continue amid Indonesia's coronavirus outbreak

Authorities insist the coronavirus outbreak will not get in the way of corporal punishment measures.

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