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A spokesperson for the police said that no disciplinary action was being considered after an officer threatened to break the arrested man's arm while he was in handcuffs.

Comment: France may be keen to forget its brutal suppression of Algerian nationalism, but this dark chapter in history offers crucial insight into France's treatment of minorities, writes Malia Bouattia.

Death of 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 opposition force.

Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes needed

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Despite positive reforms in Tunisia, more democratic changes needed

Comment: While Tunisia is lauded for its progress on human rights laws there is a desire for greater democratic reforms in the "model Arab ...

Afghanistan considers arming 20,000 civilians against the Taliban

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Afghanistan considers arming 20,000 civilians against the Taliban

The Afghan government could form a vast paramilitary system by arming 20,000 civilians to defend territories re-captured from the Taliban and ...

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Morocco urged to address torture allegations

In-depth: Human rights groups say Moroccan police are still brutally dispersing demonstrations and torturing protesters in the Rif region, despite a largely successful PR campaign to whitewash

Malia Bouattia

State impunity must end now

Comment: Justice campaigns to hold the state to account for countless deaths in police custody may be slow and painful, but they are ...

Malia Bouattia

Brussels, at the heart of the EU's Islamophobic policymaking

Comment: Belgium may be leading the way in Islamophobic policymaking, but we can also learn much from their resistance and activism, writes ...

The New Arab

Israeli shooting of Palestinian teacher 'not criminal' says court

Yaqoub Abu al-Qia’an was shot by Israeli police while driving away from his home near Negev, but a court claims there was no evidence ...

Tunisia's Jasmine revolution: A story of 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 ...

The New Arab

Body of 'tortured' Egyptian teenager discovered days after arrest

Egyptians demand answers after a Coptic teenager was found dead, bearing alleged signs of torture after being detained for two days.

French <em>police</em> 'routinely pepper spray' sleeping migrants in Calais

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French police 'routinely pepper spray' sleeping migrants in Calais

A new report from the Human Rights Watch found a culture of abuse among France's riot police against migrants in Calais.

Opposing Assad doesn't make you an al-Qaeda supporter

Loubna Mrie

Opposing Assad doesn't make you an al-Qaeda supporter

Comment: Western media tends to portray fighting in Syria as between Assadists and jihadists, but the revolutionaries resisting both sides must ...

Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul​

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Iraqi PM declares victory over Islamic State in Mosul​

Iraq's prime minister declared victory over the Islamic State group after security forces ended the militants' rule in the city of Mosul.

The Iraq Report: Battle for Mosul drags on

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The Iraq Report: Battle for Mosul drags on

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

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Nearly 20,000 civilians trapped in IS-held areas of Mosul

Up to 20,000 civilians are trapped in the remaining areas held by the Islamic State in Mosul's Old City, which Iraqi forces are battling to retake, the UN has said.

Diana Alghoul

Israel's new tax will blackmail African migrants into leaving

African migrants will be blackmailed by Israel's new tax into leaving the country, as Tel Aviv ramps up its offensive against people of colour.

Warda Mohamed

France's colonial narrative no longer stands up

Comment: The reality of France's colonial exploits in Algeria runs contrary to its claims of being a country of reason, democracy and human ...

Sam Hamad

Curbing internet freedoms will do nothing to fight extremism

Comment: From the UK to Syria, the Islamic State group is being bolstered by governments' brutal backlash against a progressive antagonism, ...

The forgotten state violence victims in Eiffel Tower solidarity

Diana Alghoul

The forgotten state violence victims in Eiffel Tower solidarity

As long as we are less likely to show solidarity with victims of state violence, governments would feel as though they are able to instil ...

The New Arab

Moroccan parliament urges explanation amid Rif police violence scandal

The Moroccan parliament wants to know "everything" about what has happened in Al-Hoceima after calling for the rights of protesters.

Refugees still braving the soul-crushing 'Balkans route'

Tajana Tadić

Refugees still braving the soul-crushing 'Balkans route'

Analysis: Refugees escaping Syria, Iraq and Libya are being forced to choose between risking the graveyard of the Mediterranean, or indefinite ...

France's elephant in the room: A brutal, cinematic reminder

Hadani Ditmars

France's elephant in the room: A brutal, cinematic reminder

Blog: Over 20 years since the cult classic 'La Haine', police brutality and racial segregation are worse than ever. Hadani ...

Pakistan teacher recounts brutal mob lynching of 'leftist' student

The New Arab & agencies

Pakistan teacher recounts brutal mob lynching of 'leftist' student

In Pakistan, the brutal mob lynching of a liberal student accused of blasphemy has triggered shock, outrage and fear across the country.

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