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With the narrative having been focused on stereotypical portrayals of people from the region as 'terrorists' or 'illegal immigrants', MENA Arts believes it's time for a shift for appropriate representation.

Academic and theatre director Ghotboddin Sadegh has come under fire after saying he wants to 'purge' a Tehran district from the LGBTQ+ community.

Sri Lanka arrests 'Mrs World' on assault charge

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Sri Lanka arrests 'Mrs World' on assault charge

An on-stage fracas at a beauty pageant had serious consequences for 'Mrs World', who was charged with assault. This year's 'Mrs Sri Lanka' required hospital treatment after the incident.

Battle for Marib key to Iran, US tension

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Battle for Marib key to Iran, US tension

The city of Marib has been facing an assault by Iran-back Houthi rebels and Saudi airstrikes that are trying to push back the advancing forces.

Russian rights groups slam Moscow's role in Syria

Paul McLoughlin

Russian rights groups slam Moscow's role in Syria

The first-ever report issued by Russian NGOs on the Syrian conflict gives a rare insight into abuses committed by Russian forces.

Zaina Ujayli

Whether Boulder shooter was white is the wrong question

Comment: Whether the shooter was Arab or white matters little. Instead Americans should ask why he - and others - so easily got hold of a gun, writes Zaina Ujaili.

Tabitha Sanders

The cradle of Syria's revolution: Daraa ten years on

In-depth: Daraa occupies a unique role in the story of Syria's war. There, in March 2011, what began as a localised protest became the spark ...

The New Arab Staff

Riz Ahmed first Muslim nominated for lead actor Oscar

Riz Ahmed plays a rock drummer who loses his hearing in the movie Sound of Metal.

Nizar Hassan

As Lebanon's politicians stall, its people suffer hopelessly

Comment: Lebanon's political class displays a tolerance for stalling that contrasts strikingly with the sense of urgency that the situation ...

Arab troubadour Madfai longs to get back on stage

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Arab troubadour Madfai longs to get back on stage

Famous Iraqi musician Ilham al-Madfai is longing for the stage, and has just created a new song to find hope during the pandemic

Anu Shukla

The female DJs smashing boundaries of social gender inequality

We crossed continents to speak with female DJs who have cultivated a spectrum of projects in the face of political instability and gender ...

Egyptian Billy Elliot wins top ballet prize in Switzerland

The New Arab Staff

Egyptian Billy Elliot wins top ballet prize in Switzerland

Egyptian ballet dancer Luca Abdel-Nour has been awarded the Prix de Lausanne, rising above the prejudices and bullying.

UN urges Eritrean troops to leave Ethiopia's Tigray

The New Arab Staff

UN urges Eritrean troops to leave Ethiopia's Tigray

The UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Mark Lowcock called on Addis Ababa to withdraw its troops from Ethiopia's Tigray ...

How does Biden view Turkey’s role in Libya's conflict?

Giorgio Cafiero and Diana Vasconcellos

How does Biden view Turkey’s role in Libya's conflict?

Analysis: Libya's civil war could become a source of confrontation rather than cooperation between the Biden administration and Turkey.

Turkish court clears actors of 'insulting' Erdogan

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkish court clears actors of 'insulting' Erdogan

Famous actors Mujdat Gezen and Metin Akpinar got acquitted by an Istanbul court over 'insulting' Turkish president Erdogan

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Turkey and Iran trade diplomatic blows

Iraq has once more emerged as an arena of competition between Turkey and Iran as the two historic rivals clash over Ankara's intervention against Kurdish separatists.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Eritrean troops killed 'hundreds' in Ethiopia massacre: Amnesty

Amnesty International found Eritrean soldiers killed hundreds of people during the Tigray conflict.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Tigray official slams damage by troops from 'neighbouring' country

The presence of soldiers from neighbouring Eritrea has been widely documented, but repeatedly denied by Addis Ababa and Asmara.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Myanmar junta cuts internet again to quell anti-coup rallies

Troops fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar's second largest city, hours before authorities again cut internet ...

White supremacist violence at Capitol was anything but unprecedented

Zaina Ujayli

White supremacist violence at Capitol was anything but unprecedented

Comment: To ignore the US' historical precedent of violent white insurrectionists is to leave the door open to it happening again and again, ...

The New Arab Staff

Biden govt supports repatriating jihadists: US diplomat

An American diplomat told the United Nations on Wednesday that new US President Joe Biden supports the repatriation of jihadists and their ...

Jordan make-up artist lightens lockdown with celebrity impressions

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Jordan make-up artist lightens lockdown with celebrity impressions

Alaa Bliha, 27, rose to fame with videos of herself imitating famous figures from across the Arab world and beyond.

First ever Arab fashion week for men kicks off

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

First ever Arab fashion week for men kicks off

The traditional dishdasha robe worn by men across the Arab Gulf was featured, but revisited with a slit down the front.

Doubt and division cast a shadow over Palestinian elections

Ibrahim Husseini

Doubt and division cast a shadow over Palestinian elections

In-depth: Amid political infighting and public mistrust, Palestinians are sceptical as to whether the first national elections in 15 years will ...

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