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Yasser Arafat's strong words and apparent passion inspired and fuelled a generation, so it is no wonder criticising his legacy remains a sensitive matter to this day.

In-depth: One hundred years on, the declaration which eventually led to the creation of Israel remains fiercely contested. Suzan Quitaz examines why.

Saudi prince 'ordered Syrian rebels to attack Assad's palace'

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Saudi prince 'ordered Syrian rebels to attack Assad's palace'

Saudi Arabia ordered Syrian rebels to attack the palace of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in March 2013, according to a report which claims to be a top-secret leak.

Turkey activists jailed in Amnesty case stand trial

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Turkey activists jailed in Amnesty case stand trial

Eleven human rights activists go on trial in Turkey on Wednesday on contested terrorism charges which rights groups say is a test case for ...

<em>Edward</em> <em>Said</em>: The legacy of an exile

Umar Lateef Misgar

Edward Said: The legacy of an exile

Comment: Monday marks the fourteenth anniversary of the passing of the visionary Palestinian academic. His influence changed postcolonial ...

Suzan Quitaz

Who killed Naji al-Ali, Palestine's most beloved artist?

Exclusive: British police are renewing their investigation into the assassination of Naji al-Ali, the creator of Handala, 30 years after his death, reports Suzan Quitaz.

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Greek Orthodox Church moves to block Jerusalem land sale

The Greek Orthodox patriarch in the Palestinian territories announced that his church will appeal the Israeli court approval of the sale of a ...

The New Arab

Britain makes £4.1 billion in Middle East weapons sales

Government figures show that two thirds of UK arms exports go to the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia buying the lion's share.

Usaid Siddiqui

Chelsea Manning's release is a victory for common decency

Comment: Manning's actions are credited with helping to inspire the Arab Spring, and revealing how ill-advised and criminal American policy can ...

Two US citizens charged with 'conspiring with Islamic State'

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Two US citizens charged with 'conspiring with Islamic State'

Two 35-year-old men from Chicago were charged for conspiring with the Islamic State group after an FBI sting that lasted for more than one year, ...

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Journalists take US to court over Trump's 'kill list'

Two journalists reporting from Syrian opposition areas and Pakistan have taken the US to court, believing their names are on a hit list.

'Radical Islam', the default demon

Bassel Salloukh

'Radical Islam', the default demon

Comment: For Bannon, 'radical Islam' emerges as a kind of 'default demon', and a Muslim way of life is presented as fundamentally irreconcilable ...

Britain came 'within hours' of cancelling Saudi arms exports

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Britain came 'within hours' of cancelling Saudi arms exports

Documents disclosed as part of a High Court challenge against the arms sales reveal that former Business Secretary Sajid Javid considered ...

Britain failed to investigate war crimes allegations, court hears

Robert Cusack

Britain failed to investigate war crimes allegations, court hears

The UK government claims it wasn't aware of humanitarian crimes committed in Yemen with weapons it had sold Saudi Arabia, despite frequent NGO ...

Rejecting Hamas and the PA: Palestinians need mass-mobilisation

Tommaso Segantini

Rejecting Hamas and the PA: Palestinians need mass-mobilisation

Comment: Palestinians must liberate themselves from the oppressive shackles of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, and work towards an ...

The New Arab

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence. Twitter reacts

Wikileaks source Chelsea Manning saw her 35-year prison sentence massively reduced by President Obama sparking fierce debate on social media between supporters and detractors.

The New Arab & agencies

WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted by President Obama

Barack Obama has pardoned Chelsea Manning in one of his final acts as president, with the WikiLeaks source to be released in May.

The New Arab & agencies

Obama set for 'pardon frenzy' as he leaves office

Two weeks before leaving office, President Obama is expected to gift clemency to hundreds prisoners, including a former Taliban captive and ...

Usaid Siddiqui

Losing support: Israel and the two state solution

Comment: Secretary of State John Kerry's speech articulated a growing international frustration with Israel, that is finally reaching its ...

Symbolic but spineless: UNSC resolution on Palestine-Israel

Umar Lateef Misgar

Symbolic but spineless: UNSC resolution on Palestine-Israel

Comment: While the resolution may end up empowering the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, it is likely to do the same for Israel's ...

Bassel Salloukh

2016: Dehumanising the Arabs... again

Comment: The dehumanising forces of indifference and sectarianism must force us to start thinking of alternative ways of living together ...

Think tanks and Syria

Laith Saud

Think tanks and Syria

Comment: What exactly have think tanks accomplished for Syria over the last five years, asks Laith Saud.

Something colonial: Can Zionism be fixed?

Dr. Ramzy Baroud

Something colonial: Can Zionism be fixed?

Comment: Israeli policy remains driven by Zionism, and the country refuses to move from a 19th century colonial enterprise into a modern, ...

UK intelligence 'believes Israel true threat' to Middle East

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UK intelligence 'believes Israel true threat' to Middle East

The UK's snooping agency GCHQ described Israel as a 'true threat' to the region, according to documents leaked by former CIA employee ...

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