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

A group of exiled opposition figures are organising small-scale, anonymous protests in Saudi Arabia, with videos emerging of citizens mocking the new crown prince, reports Robert Cusack.

Issa Amro and Palestine's struggle for <em>freedom</em> <em>of</em> <em>speech</em>

Ylenia Gostoli

Issa Amro and Palestine's struggle for freedom of speech

In-depth: The human rights activist was arrested under new laws that prevent criticism of the Palestinian Authority, the latest attempt to silence dissent and opposition, writes Ylenia Gostoli.

Palestinian Authority releases jailed activist on bail

Diana Alghoul

Palestinian Authority releases jailed activist on bail

After his release, Amro said the PA security forces of physically and verbally abused him during his imprisonment

Israel bars Al Jazeera from seminar on free <em>speech</em> Israel bars Al Jazeera from seminar on free speech

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Israel bars Al Jazeera from seminar on free speech

Israel's Government Press Office has reportedly banned Al Jazeera's Jerusalem bureau chief from attending a seminar on freedom ...

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Algeria's president makes rare appearance as police quell protest

Algeria's stroke-afflicted president has made a rare public appearance as protesters calling for him to be dismissed over his failing health were rounded up in the country's capital.

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Cloaks and daggers: Saudi Arabia's gifts to Donald Trump

Saudi Arabia presented Donald Trump during his visit to the kingdom with 83 gifts including swords, daggers, two robes lined with rare fur and ...

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Egypt blocks website of leading rights group

A leading Egyptian rights group says authorities have blocked its website in a “new attack” on free speech.

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Abbas government slammed for detaining Palestinian dissident

Leading rights groups called on Tuesday for the release of a prominent Palestinian activist who was detained after criticising the ...

God bless America: Anthems for a troubled land

Hadani Ditmars

God bless America: Anthems for a troubled land

Blog: Jingoism and celebrating a flag are no match for recognising the diversity of immigration that has made America great, writes ...

Sam Hamad

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Comment: From the moment Sisi seized power, Egyptian influence in Syria, and support for Assad's counterrevolution has been growing, writes Sam ...

Who killed Naji al-Ali, Palestine's most beloved artist?

Suzan Quitaz

Who killed Naji al-Ali, Palestine's most beloved artist?

Exclusive: British police are renewing their investigation into the assassination of Naji al-Ali, the creator of Handala, 30 ...

Who benefits from a Houthi-Saleh divorce?

Khalid Al-Karimi

Who benefits from a Houthi-Saleh divorce?

Comment: The troubled Houthi-Saleh alliance has faltered in the last two weeks, but is the prospect of a Saudi-led takeover in Sanaa ...

The alt-left is real, and it's helping fascists

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

The alt-left is real, and it's helping fascists

Comment: Much like the right, the alt-left disdains 'globalists', sees internationalism as liberal frivolity, and confines its solidarity to ...

UN criticises US 'failure to unequivocally reject racist violence'

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UN criticises US 'failure to unequivocally reject racist violence'

The UN has issued a stinging rebuke of the US in failing to "unequivocally and unconditionally" reject violent racism and hate crimes ...

Diana Alghoul

Hamas and Fatah violating Palestinian freedom of expression: Amnesty

Amnesty International has criticised both the Fatah dominated Palestinian Authority and the Gaza based Hamas for their crackdown on dissent.

Alaa Bayoumi

Tyranny grants populism new life in Egypt

Comment: Sisi and pro-regime media used populism to incite the masses against pro-democracy and revolutionary voices, but it can only get him so ...

Hadani Ditmars

White supremacists drowned out in Vancouver by counter-protest

Society: Anti-racism campaigners vastly outnumbered far-right activists in Vancouver this weekend, reports Hadani Ditmars.

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Hamas slams Palestinian Authority for its 'violations against journalists'

Gaza-based Hamas have accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) security services of 'waging war against journalists, in the West Bank.

Palestine's new electronic crime law 'suppresses <em>freedom</em> <em>of</em> expression'

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Palestine's new electronic crime law 'suppresses freedom of expression'

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been criticised by rights groups for introducing an electronic crime law which punishes anyone seen to ...

Antony Loewenstein

Only democracy in the Middle East? Far from it

Comment: Free speech is an integral part of any democracy. The legal case against respected Israeli-Canadian reporter and ...

Tunisia's Jasmine revolution: A story <em>of</em> short-lived success?

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Tunisia's Jasmine revolution: A story of short-lived success?

Comment: Tunisia's 'Jasmine' revolution was heralded as a model for democratic transition in the Arab world. But crackdowns, poverty and ...

Anti-BDS bill in US Congress: Criminalising Free <em>Speech</em>

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Anti-BDS bill in US Congress: Criminalising Free Speech

Comment: The anti-BDS bill violates the right to collective action which is protected under the US constitution, writes Tamara Kharroub.

Assad regime 'executed' Syria open internet activist Bassel Kharabil

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Assad regime 'executed' Syria open internet activist Bassel Kharabil

A Syrian free speech activist and open software developer was executed by the regime of Bashar al-Assad, according to new ...

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