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Comment: For the French establishment, The Voice contestant Mennel was the perfect example of an 'integrated Muslim', until her pro-Palestine stance came into view, writes Malia Bouattia.

A judge in Kuwait ordered that politicians, activists and others imprisoned over protesters storming parliament in 2011 to be freed on bail.

Poland seeks dialogue with Israel amid 'anti-Semitic law' wrangle

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Poland seeks dialogue with Israel amid 'anti-Semitic law' wrangle

Warsaw is seeking to speak to Israel about Poland's new law, which critics say censor a transparent discussion on the Holocaust.

Egypt bans 'sexually suggestive' Saturday Night Live

Karim Traboulsi

Egypt bans 'sexually suggestive' Saturday Night Live

Egypt has banned the Arabic version of US comedy 'Saturday Night Live' from television for violating ethical standards, the country's media ...

Egypt's struggle for freedom goes online

Laura Cappon

Egypt's struggle for freedom goes online

Egypt's clampdown on activists has moved from the streets to online, where following the wrong group on social media could land you in serious ...

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Riyadh 'sacks TV duty editor for airing Tawakkol Karman'

Saudi Arabia is censoring the first Arab and Yemeni woman Nobel Peace Prize laureate after she criticised the Saudi-led coalition's role in destroying Yemen.

Nazli Ihsan-Adil Tarzi

The cultural cost of invading Iraq

Comment: The dwindling selection of Iraqi literature at the fair highlights the cultural costs of government censorship and of the US ...

The New Arab & agencies

Polish leader: Israel 'misunderstands' bill on Holocaust responsibility

Poland's conservative leader defends a bill he proposed which will stop allowing Poland to be blamed for crimes during the Holocaust.

The New Arab

Exposed: Egypt 'allowing Israel' to conduct airstrikes in Sinai

Unmarked Israeli drones and jets hover over Egyptian airspace to cover up a secret military alliance between Cairo and Tel Aviv.

Kashmir's internet shutdowns hit schools and businesses, not militants

Aamir Ali Bhat

Kashmir's internet shutdowns hit schools and businesses, not militants

Decree bars civil servants in Indian-administered Kashmir from using social media for any personal political activity.

Jamal Boukhari

A shoo-in for Sisi in Egypt's presidential election

Comment: Sisi's adversaries could gain widespread support, but so far, many of those who put themselves forward are already out of the running, ...

Palestine forum tackles challenges and trends of digital activism

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Palestine forum tackles challenges and trends of digital activism

An international forum held in Ramallah, hosting representatives from the likes of Facebook and Amnesty International, explored the challenges ...

The Post: Lebanon goes on an embarrassing film-banning spree

Karim Traboulsi

The Post: Lebanon goes on an embarrassing film-banning spree

Without a hint of irony, Lebanon has banned Steven Spielberg's upcoming film The Post, a film about government secrets and... ...

Saudi Arabia blocks Google Facebook portal

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Saudi Arabia blocks Google Facebook portal

Riyadh has started to block websites that use Google's AMP platform on Facebook to circumvent online restrictions, in latest attempt to censor ...

Iran lifts Telegram messaging ban as protests subside

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Iran lifts Telegram messaging ban as protests subside

As Iranian authorities crush unrest in the country, authorities lift the two-week-long ban on the popular messaging app.

The New Arab

US imposes sanctions on Iranian missile firms

Under the sanctions, any assets that the firms hold in places under US jurisdiction will be frozen and US citizens are forbidden from doing business with them.

The New Arab & agencies

Egyptian singer investigated over 'obscene' song

Another Egyptian singer has been targeted by authorities for alleged 'immorality' with Laila Amer's song Bos Ommak landing her in hot water.

Paul Iddon

Riyadh and Tehran's small steps towards cultural reform

Analysis: Saudi Arabia and Iran are both undertaking cultural reforms, but both face challenegs in shaking up society too quickly, writes Paul ...

Wafa Ben Hassine

Goodbye net neutrality: Consequences for the Arab world

Comment: The FCC's decision to favour business interests over users only legitimises the actions of Arab governments in doing the same, writes ...

Saudis rejoice after decades-long ban on cinemas lifted

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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.

Marta Bellingreri

Choufthounna: The feminist art festival in Tunisia

The New Arab went to a feminist art festival in Tunisia, with performances, classes and demonstations from all over the world,

India hits Kashmir's independent media where it hurts

Nayeem Rather

India hits Kashmir's independent media where it hurts

In-depth: Kashmir's media industry struggles when the Indian government cuts off its advertising - which happens after every critical story, ...

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

James M. Dorsey

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

Comment: Saudi Arabia's recent political purge will place extra pressure on the country's media during a time of frenzied discussion over the ...

My name is Rachel Corrie

Malia Bouattia

My name is Rachel Corrie

Comment: Plays such as 'My name is Rachel Corrie' form an essential part of the Palestinian resistance. They will not be silenced, writes Malia ...

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