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Social media users slammed the perceived exclusion of Black Muslim beauty bloggers at this year's Dubai-based Modest Fashion Week.

Comment: The recent soft power push has far more to do with strategic military interests, weapons contracts and the steady flow of oil, than cultural collaboration, writes Joe Odell.

After Saleh, the outlook in Yemen remains bleak

Barak Barfi

After Saleh, the outlook in Yemen remains bleak

Comment: If Yemen is to set itself on its feet again, its leader must address long-festering issues they have conveniently skirted in favour of placating patrons, writes Barak Barfi.

London exhibition provides unique, never-seen-before portrait of multicultural Iraq

Shams Al-Shakarchi

London exhibition provides unique, never-seen-before portrait of multicultural Iraq

The work of Iraqi photographer Latif Al Ani is being exhibited in the UK for the first time, providing a portrait of Iraq as it has never been ...

An interview with Pankaj Mishra

Emran Feroz

An interview with Pankaj Mishra

Interview: None of the violence or dysfunction we are currently witnessing around the world is new and can be repeatedly found in history, ...

The New Arab

Sisi's prisons 'breeding ground' for radicalisation: former prisoner

Rights groups estimate political prisoners in Egypt to be around a staggering 60,000. The injustice in Egypt's prisons has left many seeking revenge.

Oumaya Al Baker

What does it mean to be a Muslim-American today?

Despite growing far-right rhetoric, social media provides an opportunity today for Muslim American youth to navigate the murky waters of ...

The New Arab

Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

Saudis have flooded social media to celebrate the government's decision to lift a decades-old ban on cinemas in the conservative kingdom.

Zahra Ali

Iraqi women's rights must be protected

Comment: Women's rights activists in Iraq insist on the necessity of civil struggle, linking their fight for equality with that of the fight for ...

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Noor el-Terk and Paul McLoughlin

Saudi Arabia: A flourishing film scene but no cinemas

Saudi filmmakers have fought legal restrictions and taboos surrounding cinema to produce some of the most exciting movies in the region. None, ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia's top ten reforms pushed this year

Riyadh has announced that from next year cinemas will be allowed in the kingdom, the latest reform designed to attract investors and appease ...

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas

Cinemas will be licensed in Saudi Arabia from 2018, as the kingdom witnesses the latest reforms designed to appeal to the country's growing ...

End of the Saudi Arabia-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

The New Arab

End of the Saudi Arabia-UAE Leonardo da Vinci mystery?

Abu Dhabi has purchased a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia will hope end rumours Mohammed bin Salman purchased the ...

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanese singer dazzles Riyadh in first women-only concert

Hiba Tawaji, who rose to fame on France's version of The Voice, performed to a packed audience at the cavernous King Fahd Cultural Centre.

Saleh's death, checkmate

Afrah Nasser

Saleh's death, checkmate

Comment: Saleh's death causes us to revisit the injustices that led Yemenis to rise up in 2011, writes Afrah Nasser.

The New Arab & agencies

US pulls out of UN's Global Compact on Migration

'The US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the US is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration,' the Americans said in a statement.

The New Arab & agencies

17 Arab region World Heritage sites are 'in danger'

Seventeen of the 82 World Heritage sites in the Arab region are on a "danger" list due to conflict, Audrey Azoulay, the new head of UNESCO, has ...

Amal Awad

The importance of normalising Palestine

Comment: Ongoing efforts to delegitimise Palestine mean that investing in everyday Palestinian culture is as important and relevant as ...

The New Arab

Meet Zahra Lari, the world's first headscarf-wearing professional figure-skater

The UAE has become the first Arab state to join the International Skating Union thanks to up-and-coming athlete Zahra Lari, the first ...

Sinai attack shows Sisi has lost control

Sam Hamad

Sinai attack shows Sisi has lost control

Comment: Sisi's reign of terror against those who seek justice has created an ideal incubator for radical violent ideologies such as that of the ...

Diana Alghoul

'Her timelessness lives on': Arab world mourns Shadia's death

The Arab world grieves the loss of an icon and fans are adamant that Shadia's legacy will live on through the generations...

'We failed to show truth of Kashmir': Parvez Imroz

Irfan Mehraj

'We failed to show truth of Kashmir': Parvez Imroz

Interview: The 2017 winner of the Rafto Prize for human rights spoke with The New Arab about his thoughts on the long-running Kashmir dispute.

Saudi Arabia: Targeting scholars from Malaysia to Tunisia

James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia: Targeting scholars from Malaysia to Tunisia

Comment: Saudi Arabia's decision to ban the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars has sparked political controversy in Malaysia, ...

From a Palestinian refugee camp to international boutiques

The New Arab & agencies

From a Palestinian refugee camp to international boutiques

From a small workshop in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jerash in Jordan, Halima al-Ankassuri embroiders traditional patterns destined for sale ...

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