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The Turkish rapper has been a vocal critic of Turkey's government and its leaders, which rights groups say is what led to his detention.

Former leader of the HDP party Selahattin Demirtas addresses a rally from prison.

Iraqi journalists struggle for survival

Marta Bellingreri

Iraqi journalists struggle for survival

Feature: Iraq remains one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists as they continue to be targeted,but different voices are still pushing for press freedom, writes Marta Bellingreri.

Pakistan army denies involvement in abduction <em>of</em> British-Pakistani writer

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Pakistan army denies involvement in abduction of British-Pakistani writer

Pakistan's army said it had checked every intelligence agency to see whether the activist had been detained by them, maintaining it had no ...

Yes, Arabs should forget about Palestine

Diana Alghoul

Yes, Arabs should forget about Palestine

Palestinians don't want a state so the Arab League can hold hands as they enter al-Aqsa. Palestinians need a state for their security, stability ...

CJ Werleman

Denmark's burqa ban: A lurch towards secular extremism

Comment: Denmark is the latest European country to have exploited fears over refugees and terrorism for right-wing political gain, writes CJ Werleman.

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Turkey anti-war students on trial reject 'terror propaganda' charge

Twenty-two students are accused of supporting the PKK after protesting Turkey's military operation in Syria's Afrin.

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Turkish cartoonist jailed for insulting Erdogan

Turkish police jailed one of the country's most prominent cartoonists to serve out a 14 month sentence first handed down last year on ...

CJ Werleman

Why Israel wants to ban filming Israeli soldiers

Comment: Israeli lawmakers' attempts to muzzle citizen journalists and the press shows the power of their narratives, writes CJ ...

Iranian students offer sharp criticism to supreme leader

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Iranian students offer sharp criticism to supreme leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei met with Iranian students who shared shared criticism of the country's direction with the supreme leader.

Emile Nakhleh

Trump is throwing the Middle East under the bus

Comment: Killing the Iran deal and moving the embassy to Jerusalem will only bring more instability and misery to the people of the ...

Renowned Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas arrested in media crackdown

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Renowned Egyptian blogger Wael Abbas arrested in media crackdown

Wael Abbas, an internationally renowned online activist known for his criticism of the Egyptian regime, has been detained in the latest ...

The US is becoming a pariah state

CJ Werleman

The US is becoming a pariah state

Comment: The United States' ill-conceived and diabolically executed 'war on terror' began the rapid erosion of the idea of the ...

Netanyahu in Russia after US withdraws from Iran deal

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Netanyahu in Russia after US withdraws from Iran deal

Israel's PM travelled to Moscow for talks with Russia's Vladimir Putin, just hours after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to ...

Building a virtual political party for Egypt

Amr Khalifa

Building a virtual political party for Egypt

Comment: In a police state where freedom of speech is severely restricted, encryption technology provides a platform ...

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Egypt arrests 'police condom' comedian amid free speech crackdown

Egyptian police have arrested a comedian who has made fun of authorities in the past, in the latest in an ongoing crackdown on free speech.

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Literary world rages as Palestinian poet convicted of incitement

Dareen Tatour has been charged with incitement to violence for posting a poem online calling Palestinians to 'resist', in a case that has ...

Thalif Deen

'Fake news': A growing new threat to press freedom

Comment: The lack of a strong US voice promoting the basic value of press freedom has emboldened governments from ...

Sam Hamad

Journalism in Egypt: A stark warning to the world

Comment: Freedom of the press is a tool for democracy, but in Sisi's Egypt, and Assad's Syria the press is being manipulated ...

Censorship, threats, death: Palestinian journalism under triple threat

Florence Dixon

Censorship, threats, death: Palestinian journalism under triple threat

The killing of two Palestinian journalists during Gaza's Great Return Marches sheds light on the three-fold danger facing truthful ...

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Canada's Trudeau raises plight of jailed Saudi blogger

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced to ten years in jail and 1,000 lashes for writing posts deemed 'critical of Islam'.

'The only solution to the Nakba is return'

Jaclynn Ashly

'The only solution to the Nakba is return'

In-depth: The bloody legacy of Israel's creation continues to be felt by refugee families, writes Jaclynn Ashly.

Learning how to advocate for Palestinians in DC

Wasan Abu Baker

Learning how to advocate for Palestinians in DC

American Muslims for Palestine's fourth annual conference was part of a growing effort to train future champions of the ...

No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

Sheeffah Shiraz

No longer alone: Why LGBT activists are speaking out

Report: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists in the Middle East and North Africa are defying state-sponsored repression and social ...

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