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It has been one year since the protests erupted in Lebanon, and the coronavirus pandemic has paused the movement.

Comment: A year after mass protests reignited the Arab region, Rami Khouri explores how the struggle against corruption and poverty became the rallying call for a new generation.

The Iraq Report: US drawdown will embolden Iran's proxies

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: US drawdown will embolden Iran's proxies

Iran-backed militias will feel emboldened by a reduction of capable enemies on their doorstep, and could seek to expand their power and influence even further.

Lebanon blast: political game changer or hollow blow?

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon blast: political game changer or hollow blow?

Many Lebanese want their reviled leaders to bite the dust over the August 4 explosion, which killed at least 160 people and disfigured the ...

The Beirut blast: An accident in name only

International Crisis Group

The Beirut blast: An accident in name only

Comment: Blatant, perhaps criminal, negligence and bureaucratic ineptitude were the immediate causes of the explosion, says the International ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Support for Iran evaporates

As temperatures soar in Iraq, violence against protesters returns despite promises of reconciliation by the new PM, while Iran's role in the violence alienates even the country's Shia constituency

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 ...

Rasha Younes

In Lebanon's Covid-19, aid the vulnerable, including LGBT people

Comment: LGBT people in Lebanon already faced structural marginalisation. With many of their support networks unavailable under ...

Kareem Chehayeb

Beyond Covid-19: Lebanon's unemployment outbreak

On top of the coronavirus outbreak, Lebanon is also facing its worst economic crisis since the 15-year civil war several decades ago.

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

Iraq's governance woes have further exacerbated the country's fightback against the coronavirus pandemic as both Iraqis and militia groups flout ...

Paul Iddon

Saudi Arabia's oil war could spell disaster for Iraq

Saudi Arabia's decision to flood the oil market could do great harm to Iraq's economy, at a time when the country is already grappling with ...

Conversation circles generate ideas in the Lebanese Revolution

Alessandra Bajec

Conversation circles generate ideas in the Lebanese Revolution

Protests and strikes are not the only nationwide thing dominating Lebanon. Open discussions held by groups of citizens is the latest phenomenon ...

Students take centre stage in Lebanon's anti-government protests

The New Arab

Students take centre stage in Lebanon's anti-government protests

Holding Lebanese flags and chanting the national anthem, students called for the toppling of the current regime and holding officials ...

Inside the sit-in that brought down Sudan's dictator Bashir

Mel Plant

Inside the sit-in that brought down Sudan's dictator Bashir

For six days, masses of Sudanese protesters have rallied day and night for an end to the regime that has governed them for three decades. They ...

The Iraq Report: US bribes 'gave birth to IS'

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: US bribes 'gave birth to IS'

This week's round-up of under-reported stories from Iraq focuses on the endemic corruption and economic disparity that could see the Islamic ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi prince’s Ritz-Carlton 'shakedown' ends with $106B netted

Saudi Arabia’s unprecedented 'anti-corruption' sweep that saw top princes, businessmen, military officers and officials detained and tortured at the Ritz-Carlton hotel has concluded after netting the government around $106.6 billion

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian refugees the biggest losers with regime's confiscation law

Syrians have less than a month to register their property with Damascus, but many of the 13 million displaced are unable to reach ...

Robert Springborg

Saudi megaproject harnesses Egypt's Sinai, but at what cost?

Comment: For Mohammed bin Salman, $10 billion is not an investment in Egypt's future, so much as a payment to its military for supporting his ...

Hadani Ditmars

After IS, corruption should be Iraq's next target

Analysis: The injustice of a corrupt state fuels recruitment to armed groups, notes Hadani Ditmars.

The Assad regime is exploiting reconstruction to gain legitimacy

James Snell

The Assad regime is exploiting reconstruction to gain legitimacy

Comment: The Assad regime's network of corrupt patronage must not be allowed to use the guise of reconstruction to gain legitimacy, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Afghanistan considers arming 20,000 civilians against the Taliban

The Afghan government could form a vast paramilitary system by arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories re-captured from the Taliban and ...

Yassin al-Haj Saleh's 'The Impossible Revolution': An incisive work

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Yassin al-Haj Saleh's 'The Impossible Revolution': An incisive work

Book review: Saleh's lucid work tackles the questions that most confound western audiences, and is a reminder of the circumstances through which ...

UN to the rescue

Robert Springborg

UN to the rescue

Comment: The election of Trump sees the UN inherit a key role which it is not well equipped to perform. Root and branch reform will be ...

Obstacles to democratisation in Libya

Guma El-Gamaty

Obstacles to democratisation in Libya

Comment: Stability will be key to addressing the challenges on the road to democratisation, and to developing a clear strategic vision for ...

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