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Turkey has banned a festival of German language gay films due to kick off in the capital Ankara on Thursday over fears it could be a target for terrorists.

Comment: For the UK, cultural ties, such as the British Council-UAE collaboration act as a lubricant to facilitate the easy flow of capital, writes Tom Charles.

In Gaza, authorities crack down on <em>freedom</em> <em>of</em> <em>speech</em>

Victoria Schneider

In Gaza, authorities crack down on freedom of speech

Comment: Authorities in both Gaza and the West Bank are attempting to silence the critical voices of activists and journalists, writes Victoria Schneider.

How Riyadh turned Lebanon's Hariri from PM to 'prisoner'

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How Riyadh turned Lebanon's Hariri from PM to 'prisoner'

In-depth: Details have emerged from Beirut officials that allegedly reveal how Saudi Arabia turned on long-time ally Saad Hariri and forced him ...

Palestinian professor beats Israeli lobby censorship lawsuit

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Palestinian professor beats Israeli lobby censorship lawsuit

The founder of Lawfare Project, which filed the lawsuit against Abdulhadi stressed that “there is no such thing as a Palestinian ...

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Media freedom 'stamped out' as Bahrain jails more journalists

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has sounded the alarm on the restriction of free speech in Bahrain after the arbitrary conviction of a blogger and a journalist on "terrorism charges".

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Qatar's dignity, sovereignty are non-negotiable: Sheikh Tamim

Nearly six months into the blockade, Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani remains defiant yet open to dialogue with the blockading Gulf ...

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Saudi-led bloc boycotting Qatar 'rejected Trump-backed Gulf crisis meet'

Trump offered to host a meeting to end an ongoing diplomatic crisis in the Gulf but the Saudi-led bloc boycotting Qatar refused to take part, ...

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Saudi crown prince promises 'return to moderate Islam'

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman pledges that Saudi Arabia will be a 'moderate, open' country amid growing concerns over Riyadh's ongoing ...

Bahrain temporarily frees female activist detained on 'terrorism' charges

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Bahrain temporarily frees female activist detained on 'terrorism' charges

During her detention, there were concerns that activist Ebtisam al-Sayegh, who is facing "terrorism" charges, had been tortured and sexually ...

Afrah Nasser

Death threats and travel bans: A Yemeni journalist speaks

Comment: Winner of the International Free Press Award, Yemeni journalist Afrah Nasser has so far been banned from entering the US to ...

Hamas says 'no one' can force it to disarm

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Hamas says 'no one' can force it to disarm

Yahya Sinwar said that "no one" can force Hamas to disarm or recognise Israel after the US demanded it meet those conditions as part of ...

Iran drops execution for man who 'insulted' Prophet Mohammed

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Iran drops execution for man who 'insulted' Prophet Mohammed

Soheil Arabi was sentenced to death in August 2014 after allegedly defaming Islam’s Prophet Mohammed and the 12 holy Imams of Shia ...

From Balfour to Boris: Britain's broken promises in Palestine

Ben Clarke

From Balfour to Boris: Britain's broken promises in Palestine

The long read: In its centenary year, Professor Avi Shlaim examines the impact of the Balfour Declaration and Britain's 'deviousness, ...

BDS' fight against worldwide state repression

Malia Bouattia

BDS' fight against worldwide state repression

Comment: The Israel-boycott movement is gaining strength, and attempts to close down events have only inspired activists to carry on the fight, ...

Umar Lateef Misgar

Shooting the messenger- India's war against Kashmiri journalists

Journalists in Kashmir are being unfairly targeted for doing their jobs, as the Indian state fears the bad publicity their work can bring.

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Families of missing Syrians tour London on 'Freedom Bus'

Activists on Wednesday drove a 'Freedom Bus' around the British capital to draw attention to tens of thousands of ...

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Saudi Arabia's new kingdom: 'Reform accelerated by repression'

Saudi Arabia is modernising, but its programme of reform is being driven by an authoritarian hunger for power that is eroding all room ...

Robert Springborg

Can democracy flourish even as political parties decline?

Comment: For democracy to appeal to those who do not live under it, and retain the commitment of those who do, it has to work properly, ...

Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

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Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch urged Egypt to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the ...

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Morocco defends expulsion of Guardian journalist who covered protests

Morocco's communication minister said on Friday that a journalist for Britain's Guardian newspaper was expelled because he had been working in a ...

Mother <em>of</em> Nations, but not <em>of</em> all Egyptians

Gehad Quisay

Mother of Nations, but not of all Egyptians

Comment: New articles to be added to Egyptian citizenship law give the military regime the final say over the Egyptian-ness of its ...

Riyadh strikes back: official axed over king's Yoda image

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Riyadh strikes back: official axed over king's Yoda image

A Saudi education official has been sacked over a schoolbook that accidentally included a doctored photograph of a former ruler sitting ...

Death <em>of</em> Akef, man who transformed Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

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Death of Akef, man who transformed Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood

Former Muslim Brotherhood head Mohammed Mahdi Akef, who has died in hospital aged 89, helped turn Egypt's Islamist movement into a major ...

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