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More than two-thirds of voters cast their ballots in favour of a ban on face coverings widely understood as targeting Muslim women who wear a burqa.

A second Swiss state is to vote over whether to ban face coverings in public, amid criticism from left-wing groups over the implications of the new law.

Abusing state power to quash Palestinian activism on campus

Sahar F. Aziz

Abusing state power to quash Palestinian activism on campus

Comment: Pressuring universities to shut down activism when it challenges Israel's human rights record is turning our institutions into sites of censorship, writes Sahar Aziz.

No, Storm Ali isn't named after Prophet Muhammad's cousin

The New Arab

No, Storm Ali isn't named after Prophet Muhammad's cousin

Storm Ali is devastating parts of the UK, with many wondering if the name chosen is of Arabic origin.

Germany frees Iraqi suspect in killing that sparked attacks

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Germany frees Iraqi suspect in killing that sparked attacks

The 22-year-old Iraqi immigrant held as the main suspect in a deadly stabbing that sparked xenophobic mob violence in Germany last month was ...

Sam Hamad

In Syria, Russia using peace to prepare for war

Comment: Russia's commitment to the 'buffer zone' in Idlib has little to do with any genuine will to avoid humanitarian catastrophe, writes Sam Hamad.

Malia Bouattia

On Trump and Palestine solidarity, Ireland leads the way

Comment: The Irish people's commitment to solidarity with Palestine, women's rights and social justice, has been demonstrated again and again, ...

Sami Rahman

'Dear Boris Johnson': Niqab-wearing women speak out

The New Arab speaks to three British women who wear the niqab to find out what their experiences have been since Boris Johnson's Islamophobic ...

Ruqaya Izzidien

Serena Williams is being held to impossible standards

Comment: Williams is held to a different standard than her white, male counterparts both because she's a woman, and because she's black, writes ...

Labour's anti-Semitism controversy protecting Israel from criticism

Kamel Hawwash

Labour's anti-Semitism controversy protecting Israel from criticism

Comment: Palestinian activists must now refocus their campaigning, writes Professor Kamel Hawwash.

Malia Bouattia

Palestine and UK Labour: What now for solidarity?

Comment: The gradual criminalising of Palestinian activism is being countered by grassroots campaigners, writes Malia Bouattia.

Palestinian MPs in Israel back Corbyn amid anti-Semitism accusations

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Palestinian MPs in Israel back Corbyn amid anti-Semitism accusations

A group of Palestinian lawmakers in Israel on Sunday praised British Labour opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, calling him a principled leader ...

Eighteen injured in German protests for and against refugees

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Eighteen injured in German protests for and against refugees

Eighteen people were injured as the anti-migrant far-right and counter-protesters held opposing rallies in the German city of Chemnitz, which ...

Germany jails man for Dresden mosque bombing

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Germany jails man for Dresden mosque bombing

Prosecutors accused Nino Koehler during the trial of harbouring racist and Islamophobic motives.

It's time Australia faced up to its shameful Islamophobia

CJ Werleman

It's time Australia faced up to its shameful Islamophobia

Comment: In today's Australia, Islamophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria are increasingly mainstream attitudes, writes CJ Werleman.

Wilson Dizard

McCain's wars helped get Trump elected

Comment: John McCain's support for the disastrous war in Iraq allowed Trump to appeal to a sense of anger and defeat, writes Wilson Dizard.

The New Arab & agencies

Judge: US agents threatening Iraqi detainees in Michigan jail

A federal judge has determined there is evidence to suggest immigration officials have been threatening Iraqi detainees at a Michigan jail and ...

The New Arab & agencies

Muslim school sues American city for 'swimming pool Islamophobia'

A Muslim school is suing the Delaware city where several children were asked to leave a public pool because of their cotton garments.

Diana Alghoul

Palestinian artist denied entry into UK slams 'racist policies'

Malak Mattar, a popular Palestinian artist, has been denied entry into the UK despite being officially invited to an art exhibition.

Silencing Arab and Muslim women

Ruby Hamad

Silencing Arab and Muslim women

Comment: When you are an Arab woman in the public eye, almost anything you say can and likely will be used against you, writes Ruby Hamad.

The New Arab

UK minority groups slam attempts to silence Israel criticism

Dozens of minority rights groups have spoken out against moves to stifle free discussion on Israel and Palestine.

Fighting antisemitism should not mean silencing the Palestinian struggle

Malia Bouattia

Fighting antisemitism should not mean silencing the Palestinian struggle

Comment: If criticising Israel is antisemitic, how are Palestinians expected to articulate their struggle? asks Malia Bouattia.

Australian politician calls for 'Muslim ban'

The New Arab

Australian politician calls for 'Muslim ban'

Queensland senator Fraser Anning has called for a final solution to immigration, a term used by the Nazis.

Ban Boris, not the burqa

Malia Bouattia

Ban Boris, not the burqa

Comment: Boris Johnson's use of racist tropes to increase his popularity is proving disturbingly successful, writes Malia Bouattia.

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