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Iraq's government said it would investigate the abduction and torture of Iraqis during ongoing anti-government protests outlined by a UN report published last week.

Iran's Quds Day propaganda has backfired, with Tehran's role in the Syria war brought to task.

Egypt historian Khaled Fahmy sees rising surveillance state

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Egypt historian Khaled Fahmy sees rising surveillance state

State surveillance is on the rise globally as governments such as Egypt's take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic, warns exiled historian and intellectual Khaled Fahmy.

Iraqis abducted, tortured during anti-government protests: UN

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Iraqis abducted, tortured during anti-government protests: UN

Dozens of Iraqis who took part in anti-government demonstrations since late last year were subjected to abductions and torture, a new United ...

Iranian-American gunrunner to pay over $4.1M to UAE emirate

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Iranian-American gunrunner to pay over $4.1M to UAE emirate

Iranian-American aviation magnate Farhad Azima has been ordered to make a multi-million dollar payout to the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah.

The New Arab

Egyptian anti-Sisi whistle blower announces return to political life

Mohamed Ali, the dissident construction contractor whose videos exposing President Sisi’s corruption shocked Egypt, has announced that he will publish a new video after a four month silence.

Sami Rahman

Disney's new Eid film could shatter Muslim stereotypes

Disney's new short film about Eid will surely please its Muslim audience, who in the past have been misrepresented. But is it too little, too ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and ...

A joint call from Arab intellectuals and personalities

Covid-19: A dual punishment for Palestinian and Arab prisoners

Comment: An open letter from more than 150 personalities from the Arab world, calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails ...

A weakened Haftar isn't the end of Libya's woes

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

A weakened Haftar isn't the end of Libya's woes

Comment: In Libya, rogue General Haftar may be weakened, but his foreign backers will still act to prevent a stable, democratic government ...

Stefan Lukas

Germany's ban on Hezbollah: A double-edged sword

Germany's ban on Hezbollah has been a long time in the making.

The revolt of Lebanon's marginalised Bangladeshi migrant workers

Gasia Ohanes

The revolt of Lebanon's marginalised Bangladeshi migrant workers

A riot that broke out inside a Lebanese waste management firm is the latest manifestation of an isolated migrant community's years-long struggle ...

Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

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Young Tunisians eat in secret despite Ramadan and lockdown

The generation gap in religious observance is not new but it took on a new dimension this year as the fasting month coincides with strict ...

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

Danya Hajjaji

Egyptian actor supports trans son, activists see timid step

When a prominent Egyptian actor came forward as the parent of a trans son, Arab LGBTQ+ activists said a long-overdue conversation had begun, but ...

The Iraq Report: Kadhimi takes aim at pro-Iran militias

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The Iraq Report: Kadhimi takes aim at pro-Iran militias

While hailed as a show of force by Iraq's new premier against malign Iranian influence, the arrest of pro-Iran militants may be little more than ...

Alessandra Bajec

Sudan's fight against FGM has only just begun

Sudan's decision to outlaw female genital mutilation is a small step on the long road to achieving gender equality.

The New Arab

Yemeni activist subjected to Saudi trolling after Facebook appointment

Outspoken Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman, who won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, has been subjected to a smear campaign by Saudi media after she ...

The New Arab & agencies

Sudan official: 3 killed, dozens wounded in tribal clashes

The fighting erupted between the Bani Amer tribe and the Nuba tribe in the city of Kassalla.

Tamirace Fakhoury

Lebanon excludes refugees from coronavirus response at its peril

Comment: The Covid-19 era marks a new chapter in the erosion of refugee rights in Lebanon, and policymaking that excludes their access to ...

Coronavirus lockdown brings dolphins to Beirut coastline

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Coronavirus lockdown brings dolphins to Beirut coastline

Dolphins were caught on video swimming near the Beirut shore, as coronavirus lockdown brings quiet to Mediterranean waters.

The New Arab

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.

How Tripoli emerged as the epicentre of Lebanon's crisis

Alessandra Bajec

How Tripoli emerged as the epicentre of Lebanon's crisis

Fuelled by widespread anger at growing economic hardship and corruption, Tripoli is leading the way in Lebanon's new wave of protests.

Human rights lawyers call for arrest of Assad’s cousin

The New Arab

Human rights lawyers call for arrest of Assad’s cousin

Following a public dispute between Bashar Al-Assad and his businessman cousin Rami Makhlouf, the Guernica 37 human rights lawyers group have ...

Israeli annexation cements a one-state reality in Palestine

Hugh Lovatt

Israeli annexation cements a one-state reality in Palestine

Israel's unrelenting drive to settle the occupied West Bank, combined with international timidity, has led to the unravelling of the two-state ...

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