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French police have raided Islamist groups in the aftermath of the beheading of a teacher who showed his school class cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad

Comment: A year after the 'Palacegate' protests that saw so many incarcerated, Egypt's streets are a grim mix of apathy, fear and resentment towards the regime, writes Sam Hamad.

For dissidents, Egypt has crossed a chilling new threshold

Sam Hamad

For dissidents, Egypt has crossed a chilling new threshold

Comment: Sisi's heavy-handed persecution of Hassan instils fear and paranoia that will ultimately cause Egyptians at home and abroad to think twice before speaking out, writes Sam Hamad.

UAE adds Israel to its coalition of anti-democratic allies

Sam Hamad

UAE adds Israel to its coalition of anti-democratic allies

Comment: UAE-Israel normalisation should be understood in a broader context of illiberal, anti-democratic actors solidifying their global ...

Egypt's senate election farce helps Sisi recruit more loyalists

Sam Hamad

Egypt's senate election farce helps Sisi recruit more loyalists

Comment: Egypt's newly created senate is will have no legislative power, and is just a method of expanding the regime's system of loyalty and ...

Sam Hamad

Rabaa wasn't just a coup, but a totalitarian beginning

Comment: Seven years after the massacre, it's clear that the violence at Rabaa marked the dawn of a new era ruled by fear and state control, writes Sam Hamad.

Barak Barfi

The Dictatorship Syndrome by Alaa Al Aswany

Book Club: Alaa Al Aswany explains dictatorship as a disease whose causes and symptoms must be thoroughly studied if we wish to eradicate it.

Sam Hamad

Sisi the so-called secularist sets his sights on Al-Azhar

Comment: Not content with an already severely restricted public sphere, Sisi has moved to bring this 1,000-year-old Egyptian centre of learning ...

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 ...

How jail became a death sentence for Egyptian filmmaker

Sam Hamad

How jail became a death sentence for Egyptian filmmaker

Comment: Medical negligence for political prisoners means time in Egyptian jail is nothing short of a death sentence, writes Sam Hamad.

Sam Hamad

Egypt's Sisi legislates against coronavirus, and his people

Comment: Sisi is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to expand his already autocratic grip on power, and to protect Egypt's elites, ...

Khashoggi verdict: This is what Saudi Arabia calls justice

Sam Hamad

Khashoggi verdict: This is what Saudi Arabia calls justice

Comment: Just as some had hoped, the verdict on Khashoggi's killing will whitewash Saudi crimes, and pave the way for business as usual with the ...

Genocide denier Peter Handke's Nobel Prize embodies Europe's Islamophobia

Sam Hamad

Genocide denier Peter Handke's Nobel Prize embodies Europe's Islamophobia

Comment: Awarding the Nobel prize for literature to 'genocide denier' Peter Handke reflects the Islamophobia and fascism of our times, from ...

Joshua-Ruiz rematch puts Saudi sportswashing back in the ring

Sam Hamad

Joshua-Ruiz rematch puts Saudi sportswashing back in the ring

Comment: Lured by vast sums of money, the boxing elite has opted to bury its head in the sand when it comes to Saudi Arabia's shameful record, ...

Something had to give in Egypt

Sam Hamad

Something had to give in Egypt

Comment: Egyptians are waking up to the fact that Sisi never intended to fulfil his promises, writes Sam Hamad.

Sam Hamad

Why Rabaa martyrs will forever haunt the Sisi regime

Comment: The world may have never cared about the martyrs of Rabaa massacre, but remembering their sacrifice will preserve the cause of Egyptian freedom, writes Sam Hamad.

The New Arab

Sudan rebel leader makes surprise return despite death sentence

A Sudanese rebel leader has made a surprise return to the country after living eight years in exile after the ousting of longtime leader Omar ...

Malia Bouattia

Citizenship is a basic right, even for Shamima Begum

Comment: Begum's case proves once again that basic human rights are always conditional for the UK's diaspora communities, writes Malia Bouattia.

The New Arab & agencies

Israel's Netanyahu scorned for wooing Holocaust-distorting political allies

Netanyahu's outreach in eastern Europe is part of a larger strategy of forging alliances to counter criticism at the UN and other international ...

The US is becoming a pariah state

CJ Werleman

The US is becoming a pariah state

Comment: The United States' ill-conceived and diabolically executed 'war on terror' began the rapid erosion of the idea of the US as a ...

Sam Hamad

A cabinet of kleptocracy in Sisi's pseudo-parliament

Comment: In Egypt's recent election Sisi was simply re-anointed as president without any fuss, but the ghosts of the revolution will persist, ...

Misrata and Zintan reconciliation bypasses UN bureaucrats

Guma El-Gamaty

Misrata and Zintan reconciliation bypasses UN bureaucrats

Comment: The recent, locally driven reconciliation accord has upstaged UN efforts, putting Libyan leaders back in the driving seat, writes Guma ...

Homo Sovieticus' return to a totalitarian Russia

Usman Butt

Homo Sovieticus' return to a totalitarian Russia

Book review: ‘The Future is History’ chronicles Russia's journey to authoritarianism from Soviet communism via the individual journeys of ...

Prison-themed restaurant opens in Egypt

The New Arab & agencies

Prison-themed restaurant opens in Egypt

A prison-themed restaurant in Egypt? It might seem distasteful in a country where thousands of people are languishing in jail...

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