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Comment: An 'Arab NATO' would represent the final nail in the coffin for the region's wave of Arab revolutions, writes Sam Hamad.

The European Union has asked Saudi Arabia to provide details on the arrests and charges facing women human rights activists detained in a recent crackdown on dissent in the country.

Review: The Merchant of Syria

Usman Butt

Review: The Merchant of Syria

Book review: This is a compelling story about conflict and displacement, that teaches us about the importance of optimism, writes Usman Butt.

Saudi Arabia and Egypt grant impunity with military pardons

Hannah Porter

Saudi Arabia and Egypt grant impunity with military pardons

Analysis: The military pardons issued by Saudi Arabia and Egypt are effectively an admission of misconduct, writes Hannah Porter.

Egyptian politician threatens 'uprising', calls for referendum on Sisi

The New Arab

Egyptian politician threatens 'uprising', calls for referendum on Sisi

Former diplomat Masoum Marzouk called for a referendum on Sisi's leadership, or otherwise face a popular uprising

CJ Werleman

Apple boss Wozniak gets fingers into Saudi pie

Comment: Tech giant and entrepreneur Steve Wozniak is rubber stamping the Saudi monarchy's efforts to rehabilitate its global reputation, writes CJ Werleman.

The New Arab

Explainer: Saudi-Canada relations before Riyadh's diplomatic spat

It's unclear what Riyadh hopes to gain by its forceful diplomatic moves against Ottawa for criticising the arrest of women's rights activist ...

The New Arab & agencies

Hacking the hajj: Saudis seek solutions to pilgrimage problems

The kingdom's first ever hackathon saw men and women programmers hunched over laptops exploring ways to improve the safety of the annual hajj ...

Sarah Al-Otaibi

Imprisoned women activists betray real Saudi 'vision'

Comment: Until male guardianship is abolished, lifting the driving ban amounts to little more than a cosmetic rebranding effort, writes Sarah ...

World Bank warns some Lebanon projects might be cancelled

The New Arab & agencies

World Bank warns some Lebanon projects might be cancelled

A senior World Bank official warned that the Lebanese economy is 'not doing great' and is in a 'state of fragility'.

The New Arab

Who's who in Syria?

In-depth: The chaotic situation in Syria has seen the creation of many militias and the militarisation of many political parties. We have ...

Denuclearising the Middle East

Orient XXI

Denuclearising the Middle East

Comment: Teachers and researchers on both sides of the Atlantic are calling for ending unconditional support for Israel, and for the region to ...

Comoros vice-president survives assassination attempt

The New Arab & agencies

Comoros vice-president survives assassination attempt

Attackers fired on the vehicle of Comoros vice-president Moustoidrane Abdou early on Sunday, before shortly fleeing the scene of the failed ...

Tony Blair consultancy firm 'working with Saudi government'

The New Arab

Tony Blair consultancy firm 'working with Saudi government'

Tony Blair's consultancy firm is working with the Saudi government, according a report in UK press.

Egypt hikes gas prices by up to 75 percent

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt hikes gas prices by up to 75 percent

The move is likely to further fan the flames of popular discontent among Egyptians who have borne the brunt of austerity measures.

International Crisis Group

Building on Afghanistan's fleeting ceasefire

Comment: Getting the US to engage in direct talks with the Taliban is the best way to kickstart Afghanistan's long overdue peace process, says International Crisis Group.

The New Arab

New Jordanian government wins vote of confidence

Jordan's House of Representatives has endorsed the new government formed after mass anti-austerity protests.

Alessandra Bajec

Marginalisation drives Tunisians to migrant boats

In-depth: A worsening economy and frustration among civilians drives more Tunisians from the marginalised interior towards irregular migration, ...

Khaled Diab

America's got 99 problems...

Comment: America's spiralling descent towards fascism and dictatorship is almost entirely of its own making, writes Khaled Diab.

Saudi Aramco looks to buy stake in petrochemical firm

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Aramco looks to buy stake in petrochemical firm

The state-owned oil giant is looking to boost its petrochemicals portfolio to help attract investors ahead of its much-touted stock market ...

The New Arab

Sky's the limit: Aviation schools open to Saudi women

Saudi women will now be able to learn how to fly, with aviation schools opening their doors to female applicants following the lifting of a ...

Egypt passes controversial law 'selling' nationality for $400,000

The New Arab

Egypt passes controversial law 'selling' nationality for $400,000

Egypt's parliament has approved a controversial draft law allowing foreigners to buy the Egyptian nationality for almost $400,000, the state-run ...

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Malia Bouattia

Saudi reforms meaningless as long as male guardianship persists

Comment: The locking up of activists serves as a reminder that the Kingdom is neither interested in women's rights, nor in greater ...

South Sudan needs a stronger state and reconciliation

Andrew Edward Tchie

South Sudan needs a stronger state and reconciliation

Comment: Unless sustainable plans are put in place to guide the world's newest failed state, South Sudan will continue to sign agreements with ...

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