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Freedom of speech and democracy are fronts used by dissidents to destroy the state, Egypt's speaker of parliament has said in the latest attack against the country's already crippled media.

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 trouble with the law.

Riyadh 'sacks TV duty editor for airing Tawakkol Karman'

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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.

'My documentary has evidence <em>of</em> Assad's crimes in Syria'

Nino Orto

'My documentary has evidence of Assad's crimes in Syria'

Film is important to document what is happening at a turbulent part of history, especially when providing evidence of war ...

Grammar jihad: Arabic spelling mistakes earn hefty fines

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Grammar jihad: Arabic spelling mistakes earn hefty fines

In what is perhaps a world first, the capital of the United Arab Emirates is to impose a $275 fine for Arabic grammar bloopers on signs ...

CJ Werleman

Israel's attempt to criminalise BDS

Comment: Israel's theatrical criminalisation of BDS shows it considers the movement a serious threat to its legitimacy and existence, writes CJ Werleman.

The New Arab

Kuwait sentences blogger to 5 years for 'insulting' UAE

Social media figure Abdullah al-Saleh has been sentenced to an extra five years in prison after criticising the UAE's role in the region.

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Egypt opposition slam Sisi for 'frightening' voters, undermining elections

An Egyptian opposition political coalition has slammed President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for attempting to "frighten" voters in a speech ...

Emile Nakhleh

Another year of deep state repression in Bahrain

Comment: Bahraini human rights activists have suffered severely from government repression, yet Washington and London continue to treat the ...

Your silence will not protect you

Malia Bouattia

Your silence will not protect you

Comment: The urgency for speaking truth to power has never been more pressing, writes Malia Bouattia.

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HRW condemns Lebanon for 'attacks on freedom of speech'

Lebanon's arrests of people who criticise public officials is creating a "pattern of prosecutions" said rights group Human ...

UN giving 'green light' to Riyadh's human rights abuses

Diana Alghoul

UN giving 'green light' to Riyadh's human rights abuses

The international community must take a stand against Saudi Arabia's arbitrary detentions and disappearances, rights lawyer Rodney Dixon QC ...

Saudi Arabia 'must be suspended from Human Rights Council'

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Saudi Arabia 'must be suspended from Human Rights Council'

Legal campaigners Lord Ken Macdonald QC and Rodney Dixon QC maintain Riyadh's arbitrary detentions and torture are a matter for international ...

Sisi's only competitor Khaled Ali withdraws from Egyptian elections

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Sisi's only competitor Khaled Ali withdraws from Egyptian elections

Khaled Ali withdrew his candidacy in the Egyptian presidential elections day after the arrest of Sami Anan, who was classed as Sisi's ...

Erekat reveals terms <em>of</em> Trump's 'Deal <em>of</em> the Century'

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Erekat reveals terms of Trump's 'Deal of the Century'

In-depth: A leaked PLO report revealing the predicted conditions of Donald Trump's so-called "deal of the century" for peace ...

The New Arab

Hamas: Abbas' presidency is a 'violation'

Hamas' Mohammed Faraj al-Ghoul has launched a scathing attack on PA President Mahmoud Abbas, calling his presidency a 'shameful violation' that should have ended nine years ago.

The New Arab

Saudi cleric hospitalised after five months in solitary confinement

Awda was arrested after posting a tweet welcoming reports of a possible reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He has now been ...

Sam Hamad

We must not allow Trump to normalise fascism

Comment: With Trump in the White House, every single fascist force in the world has been emboldened, writes Sam Hamad.

Anna Boots

Protests in Tunisia highlight contested narratives of 2011 revolution

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

Houthis release Yemeni journalist Hisham al-Omeisy after 150 days

Karim Traboulsi

Houthis release Yemeni journalist Hisham al-Omeisy after 150 days

Yemen's Houthi rebels have released Hisham al-Omeisy, a journalist who was detained by the Iran-backed rebel group in Sanaa last August.

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Erdogan threatens to derail US-backed border force in Syria

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group announced on Sunday that it was working to create a 30,000-strong border security force in ...

Iran: Telegram ban lifted only if 'terrorist' content removed

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Iran: Telegram ban lifted only if 'terrorist' content removed

As anti-government protests continue to engulf Iran, the government has blocked social media apps in the hopes of curbing the unrest.

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 ...

EU response to Iran protests is weak and disingenuous

James Snell

EU response to Iran protests is weak and disingenuous

Comment: When people protest against mass unemployment and corruption, and are met with bullets, the world must be prepared to do more than ...

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