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In-depth: Tunisia's recent protests were triggered by tax increases, but they highlight the deep, unresolved issues that led to the 2011 revolution, writes Anna Boots.

Turkey has been declared "not free" according to a new report by democracy watchdog Freedom House, which put its dramatic decline down to the post-coup crackdown on opposition and activists.

Iraqi militias and PM Abadi to contest election separately

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Iraqi militias and PM Abadi to contest election separately

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said the controversial Hashd al-Shaabi militia force will stand separately in next May's planned general elections.

India must not forget its historic support for Palestine

Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui

India must not forget its historic support for Palestine

Comment: India has traditionally been an ardent advocate of Palestinian rights. It must not allow closer ties with Israel to endanger this, ...

New Orleans council approves BDS resolution

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New Orleans council approves BDS resolution

The city becomes the first in the American south to officially adopt BDS-focused legislation that it calls its 'social and ethical' obligation ...

Paul Iddon

Assad trains crosshairs on Syria's Idlib province

Analysis: Assad's Russian-backed troops are marching into Idlib, and rebel groups and Islamist militias appear unable to stop their advance, reports Paul Iddon.

The New Arab

Syrian groups urge UN to shun Russia peace talks

The UN's attendance at Russia-led Syria talks in Sochi would add credibility to a process that could entrench President Bashar al-Assad in ...

Mitra Keyvan

Iran protests lack clear goals and leadership

Comment: Unless protesters can form a rallying cry around a clear goal, their influence will be limited, writes Mitra Keyvan.

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Israeli MPs approve 'death penalty for terrorists' bill

The bill approved by Israeli MPs would ease the requirements military courts must meet to sentence to death those convicted of "terrorist" ...

Egyptian academic causes uproar after Tel Aviv visit

Roger Hercz

Egyptian academic causes uproar after Tel Aviv visit

Breaking a major taboo in the Arab world, famous Egyptian academic Saad Eddin Ibrahim went to Tel Aviv this week to give a lecture. He knew it ...

Bahia Mardini

Hopes for Syria's year ahead

Comment: There can be no victory while Assad remains in power. But 2018 must bring Syrians closer to holding free and fair multi-party ...

Trump's Jerusalem move takes pretence off the table

Malia Bouattia

Trump's Jerusalem move takes pretence off the table

Comment: Israel's free hand in expanding its colonial endeavours is increasingly a point of friction between governments and their populations, ...

South Africa must move beyond symbolic support for Palestine

Suraya Dadoo

South Africa must move beyond symbolic support for Palestine

Comment: If the ANC is to have meaningful solidarity with Palestine, it must leave 'dialogue' aside, and isolate Israeli apartheid, writes ...

Lebanese activists hold candlelight vigil for murdered women

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Lebanese activists hold candlelight vigil for murdered women

At least three women have been murdered in Lebanon in less than a week, with activists calling for the government to end the killings.

Iraqis denounce ban on mannequins in Shia holy city

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Iraqis denounce ban on mannequins in Shia holy city

Residents in Iraq's Shia holy city of Karbala have denounced a local decision that could soon see salesmen in trouble for displaying female ...

Orient XXI

The dilemmas of organ donation in Muslim countries

Interview: Professor Aziz El-Matri, a Tunisian kidney specialist and member of The Transplantation Society discusses organ donation in the Islamic tradition with Aziz El-Matri.

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 ...

Rami Almeghari

Palestinians in Gaza react to Trump's Jerusalem move

Gazans believe Palestinian leaders should look for alternative peace mediators, reports Rami Almeghari.

The New Arab & agencies

Lebanon to begin oil and gas drilling in 2019

Lebanon will begin exploratory drilling for offshore oil and gas in 2019, as the country hopes to find resources to shore up its indebted ...

South Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead: lawmaker

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South Sudan clashes leave more than 170 dead: lawmaker

Fighting between rival cattle herders in central South Sudan left more than 170 dead in the past week alone, a lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Nada Elia

Despite a century of foreign intervention, Palestine is indivisible

Comment: With Trump effectively killing off the 'peace process', we can focus on the real solution: Grassroots activism and global solidarity, ...

Iraqi women's rights must be protected

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 ...

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, ...

Rare protest in Kuwait after Trump Jerusalem move

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Rare protest in Kuwait after Trump Jerusalem move

Kuwaitis abided by the state's strict protesting laws to show their defiance against US President Trump's official recognition of Jerusalem as ...

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