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Comment: Among the strangest realities uncovered by the referendum in Northern Iraq is the Palestinian denial of Kurdish hopes for independence and a state of their own, writes Roger Hercz.

Despite reaching the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia's manager, Bert van Marwikj, has been unceremoniously sacked for refusing to relocate to the conservative kingdom, writes Uri Levy.

<em>Arab</em> <em>League</em> to boycott UK Labour conference

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Arab League to boycott UK Labour conference

Arab leaders and diplomats will boycott the UK Labour conference later this month, after Jeremy Corbyn's party barred the Saudi and Sudanese ambassadors.

Beitar Jerusalem football official quits after 'anti-Muslim remark'

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Beitar Jerusalem football official quits after 'anti-Muslim remark'

The professional adviser to a notorious right-wing Israeli football club in Jerusalem resigned on Thursday after saying he would never sign a ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdish independence looms

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Kurdish independence looms

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Uri Levy

Games not war: This week in Middle East football

If the Palestinians win the next three games, and if Israel loses to Spain, the FIFA global rankings are likely to shock the world, writes Uri Levy

Nael M. Shama

A new Middle East?

Comment: The Middle East's balance of power is undergoing a series of seismic shifts, as old alliances unravel as quickly as new ones form, ...

Gareth Browne

Assad FC: FIFA is normalising Syria's brutal regime

Comment: In the eyes of Fifa, the Syrian football team is politically neutral. But turning a blind eye to politics is in itself a political ...

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Israel's Netanyahu says relations with Arab world 'best ever'

Israel's leader Binyamin Netanyahu has claimed relations with the Arab world are at their strongest in Israel's history as he promotes ...

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Sam Hamad

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Comment: From the moment Sisi seized power, Egyptian influence in Syria, and support for Assad's counterrevolution has been growing, writes Sam ...

Uri Levy

Not so neutral: This week in Middle East football

The latest from this week's Asian Champions League quarterfinals.

Sudan 'must normalise relations' with Israel: Sudanese minister

Robert Cusack

Sudan 'must normalise relations' with Israel: Sudanese minister

Sudan minister Mubarak al-Fadil al-Mahdi said he was only repeating the words of other leading officials in private, adding that trade ties with ...

Morocco's Abdelhamid Sabiri joins the Premier <em>League</em>

Uri Levy

Morocco's Abdelhamid Sabiri joins the Premier League

This 20-year-old striker is a little-known talent that has yet to play in any international or top-level matches, notes Uri Levy.

Hizballah says IS is trying to 'tarnish jihad's image'

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Hizballah says IS is trying to 'tarnish jihad's image'

Lebanese militia Hizballah has condemned last week's attacks by alleged IS sympathisers in Barcelona, saying it is an attempt to tarnish the ...

Bidding wars: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Bidding wars: This week in Middle East football

Morocco has thrown its hat into the ring to host the 2026 World Cup, but face a challenge from a US-Canada-Mexico super-bloc who want to bring ...

Robert Springborg

The end of American empire, and beginning of what?

Comment: As the US' imperial might in the Middle East declines, and Russia and China's stars rise, what does the Middle East's future hold? asks Robert Springborg.

Uri Levy

#NoBan4OurPlayers: This week in Middle East football

While Iranian authorities mulled over whether two national team players deserved a lifetime ban, Western media outlets jumped the gun and ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia blocks Paypal 'to close Qatar sports-channel loophole'

Saudis have taken to social media to complain that online payment service PayPal has been blocked in the kingdom amid allegations the move was ...

Chaos and cups: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Chaos and cups: This week in Middle East football

Blog: A tempestuous end to the Arab Club Championship, Iranian players facing social media enmity over playing Israelis and the ...

David Powell

Who is promoting extremism in the UK?

Comment: The Saudi-led bloc continues to accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, but a recent report suggests it should be looking closer to home, ...

Let women watch: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Let women watch: This week in Middle East football

Blog: The finals of the Arab Club Championship are almost here, while in Iran, the campaign to allow women enter sports stadiums takes ...

Pakistan stumbles on as another leader is felled

Paul McLoughlin

Pakistan stumbles on as another leader is felled

Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif was deposed for a third time as prime minister on Friday. What does the future hold for a country ensnared with ...

People power in Jerusalem: Al Aqsa's winners and losers

Daoud Kuttab

People power in Jerusalem: Al Aqsa's winners and losers

Comment: People power successfully pressured Israel into removing its controversial security measures at al Aqsa. This momentum must now be ...

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