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Comment: Paris has kept its extensive collaboration with the Emiratis curiously quiet. The 2019 revelations on UAE's shadowy behaviour in Yemeni might help explain why, writes Eva Thiebaud.

"A month after the tragedy... my thoughts are still with dear Lebanon and its particularly hard-pressed population," Francis said during his first public audience in six months

To fix Arab societies, just listen to Arab citizens

Rami G. Khouri

To fix Arab societies, just listen to Arab citizens

Comment: International actors like the UN who want to help should listen more earnestly to what Arab men, women, and desperate youth have been saying for decades, writes Rami Khouri.

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 controversial bar association law moves ahead despite criticism

The New Arab Staff

Turkey controversial bar association law moves ahead despite criticism

Turkey's reform of bar associations has been decried as an attempt to divide the legal profession along political lines, but the governmet says ...

The New Arab Staff

UK Jews reject Israel's 'racist' new UK ambassador

Israel has appointed a right-wing minister who supports unilateral annexation of the West Bank as its ambassador to the UK.

Aidan Chivers

Cause for optimism as Tunisia plans first Jewish museum

A new Jewish museum in Tunisia seeks to promote the country's rich and plural heritage.

Courtney Freer

Gulf leaders can't ignore public opposition to Trump's deal

Comment: Those Gulf states that support normalising ties with Israel are facing opposition from the public's staunch support for Palestinians, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Khamenei leads Friday prayers amid ongoing Iran crisis

It is the first time Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei has led the Friday prayers since 2012.

What is next after Operation Peace Spring?

Stasa Salacanin

What is next after Operation Peace Spring?

Although Turkey announced the end of their operations in northern Syria late last year, many unknowns still remain, as it is unclear what comes ...

The New Arab

Mo Salah sparks controversy with Christmas tree photo

Premier League footballer Mohamed Salah was both criticised and praised after he posted a picture of his family in front of a Christmas tree.

In Turkey, Kurdish educators take their classrooms underground

Jaclynn Ashly

In Turkey, Kurdish educators take their classrooms underground

Turkey's crackdown on Kurdish language schools has forced students and educators to take their courses underground.

Algeria: An unpopular election

Zaouia Meriem-Benziane

Algeria: An unpopular election

Comment: The outcome of Thursday's election will be devoid of legitimacy, as long as Hirak leaders and journalists remain in prison, and ...

India's passes controversial 'anti-Muslim' citizenship bill

The New Arab & agencies

India's passes controversial 'anti-Muslim' citizenship bill

India has approved a bill granting citizenship to non-Muslims who migrated from neighbouring countries in what is being seen as a move ...

'Queer Palestinians' attacked in homophobic hate crime

Diana Alghoul

'Queer Palestinians' attacked in homophobic hate crime

Sammy and her two friends were beaten near Ramallah as police watched in an anti-LGBTQ+ hate crime.

CJ Werleman

Australia can do better than detaining gay Saudi journalists

Comment: Australia's treatment of two gay men fleeing persecution in Saudi Arabia is a far cry from the liberal image it likes to paint for itself, writes CJ Werleman.

Hatice Cengiz and Christophe Deloire

G20 appeal by Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée and RSF's secretary-general

Comment: Christophe Deloire and Hatice Cengiz make a joint appeal to the G20 to hold Saudi Arabia to account for its past and ongoing crimes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Journalists protest Palestinian Authority's latest media crackdown

Journalists are protesting the Palestinian Authority's decision to close 59 websites and social media pages in a new attempt to stifle critics.

The New Arab

Boss who 'racially abused' Muslim woman pays £22.5k compensation

A UK tribunal has awarded thousands in compensation to a Muslim woman called a ‘P*ki’ and ‘curry muncher’ by her director who fired her without ...

Palestinian Authority bans events by local LGBTQ+ organisation

The New Arab

Palestinian Authority bans events by local LGBTQ+ organisation

The Palestinian Authority says events held by local LGBTQ+ organisation Al-Qaws go against Palestinian values.

David Sheen

The racist pedagogy of Israel's education minister, Rafi Peretz

Comment: While homophobia might be unacceptable in some company, demands for racial purity and religious discrimination are shockingly ...

Mauritania election winner hails 'democratic <em>pluralism</em>', opposition decry 'holdup'

The New Arab & agencies

Mauritania election winner hails 'democratic pluralism', opposition decry 'holdup'

Mauritania remains on a knife-edge after last week's controversial election.

Syria Weekly: Will China fund post-war reconstruction?

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Will China fund post-war reconstruction?

With Russia and Iran suffering from US sanctions and the EU still resisting pressure to pay for reconstruction, China could be key to rebuilding ...

Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and generational memory in Iran

Karsen Breanne

Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and generational memory in Iran

Book Club: Physician and medical anthropologist, Orkideh Behrouzan, takes an investigative look into mental health in Iran – a country known to ...

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