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The long read: In its centenary year, Professor Avi Shlaim examines the impact of the Balfour Declaration and Britain's 'deviousness, duplicity and double-standards' in Palestine, writes Ben Clarke.

Russia's Vladimir Putin will meet Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday, to discuss Syria and a key weapons deal, in an attempt to strengthen an increasingly active relationship on Thursday.

Town gassed by Saddam gives overwhelming yes to Kurdish-independence

The New Arab

Town gassed by Saddam gives overwhelming yes to Kurdish-independence

The New Arab has seen an early copy of voting records for a number of Kurdish voting centres - all polling above 70% for yes.

Iraqi-Kurds begin voting in controversial independence referendum

The New Arab

Iraqi-Kurds begin voting in controversial independence referendum

After months of warnings from international bodies and regional powers, voting begins in Ebril-controlled areas of northern Iraq has started for ...

How Palestinians came to reject Kurdish demands for homeland

Roger Hercz

How Palestinians came to reject Kurdish demands for homeland

Comment: Among the strangest realities uncovered by the referendum in Northern Iraq is the Palestinian denial of Kurdish hopes for independence ...

The New Arab & agencies

Kurds push ahead with independence vote despite regional concerns

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani on Friday insisted that a 25 September independence referendum will still go ahead, despite regional condemnation of the historic vote.

The New Arab

EU calls Iraqi-Kurdish referendum 'counterproductive'

The European Union on Tuesday expressed its opposition to a referendum on independence in Iraqi Kurdistan, calling the upcoming vote ...

The New Arab & agencies

Israel 'sole supporter' of independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdistan

Israel is the first country to come out in support of the upcoming Kurdish referendum, while Western powers fear a split could provoke a new ...

Paul Iddon

Iraqi Kurds eagerly pushing ahead with independence referendum

Analysis: Kurdish leaders fear losing political leverage once Peshmerga fighters are no longer desperately needed in the fight against the ...

The end of American <em>empire</em>, and beginning of what?

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 ...

Hadani Ditmars

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Blog: 500 years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, music still fuels protest and foments revolution, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Prolonged Qatar blockade has serious ramifications for wider region

Paul Iddon

Prolonged Qatar blockade has serious ramifications for wider region

Analysis: The entrenchment of regional divisions could have far-reaching consequences beyond the Gulf, notes Paul Iddon.

Iraq's political turmoil will ensure Islamic State's survival

Michael Duffy

Iraq's political turmoil will ensure Islamic State's survival

Comment: While the military victory against IS in Mosul is complete, the conditions that facilitated their return are still firmly in place, ...

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Tristan Dunning

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Comment: Facile interpretations of jihadist motivations are dangerous and counterproductive, writes Tristan Dunning.

US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

The New Arab

US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

The Russian army said earlier that it hit IS leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...

Karim Traboulsi

Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Moscow says its jets may have killed leader of world's most notorious terror organisation in a May airstrike. If true it would be a major propaganda coup for the Russians.

The New Arab

IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi dead, says Syria monitor

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says it has "confirmed information" that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

Yousef Khalil

No, The Handmaid's Tale isn't a warning about Muslims

Comment: Conservatives' criticism of The Handmaid's Tale reflects their lack of introspection, and a blinkered understanding of Islam, writes ...

Hadani Ditmars

Islamophobia and terror: two sides of one coin

Blog: Terrorism is us, and the sooner we connect our shared experiences of oppression, the less power we give to the twin ideologies of hatred, ...

Turkey's long-term interest in Kirkuk and Mosul

Paul Iddon

Turkey's long-term interest in Kirkuk and Mosul

Analysis: Turkish officials have detailed a long-held ambition to reclaim parts of the former Ottoman empire - though ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey seeks arrest of two historians 'for insulting Ataturk'

A local court in Istanbul has issued an arrest warrant for two historians charged with insulting the founder of teh Turkish Republic, Mustafa ...

Turkey opposition appeals referendum result at top court

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey opposition appeals referendum result at top court

The Republican People's Party's lawyer Atilla Kart formally lodged the petition with the Council of State on Friday afternoon.

Turkey's supreme election board rejects opposition referendum annulment bid

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey's supreme election board rejects opposition referendum annulment bid

Turkey's top election authority rejected an opposition effort to annul Sunday's referendum despite widespread criticism and doubt over the ...

Trump congratulates Erdogan ignoring doubts over vote 'integrity'

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Trump congratulates Erdogan ignoring doubts over vote 'integrity'

US President Donald Trump called Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, to congratulate him on his victory despite international doubts over ...

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