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Comment: Essam Kochak's case will be an early indication of whether the prosecution reorganisation as an independent entity is anything more than just ink on paper, writes Adam Coogle.

In-depth: Freedom of expression has dramatically deteriorated in Gulf States since a Saudi-led blockade on Qatar last month, exacerbating a long-standing pattern of repressive censorship.

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 not be forgotten, writes Loubna Mrie.

American PR firm ends controversial Egypt spy agency contract

The New Arab

American PR firm ends controversial Egypt spy agency contract

A US company hired to boost Egypt's image in Washington has withdrawn from its contract after just six months - days after being criticised for ...

Erik Prince to Prince Zayed: The private military connection

David Isenberg

Erik Prince to Prince Zayed: The private military connection

Erik Prince is back. He's not only pitching colonial capitalism in DC, but huckstering ex-SF-led armies of sepoys to wrest Afghanistan, Yemen ...

The New Arab

Egypt arrests dozens of Chinese Muslim Uighur students

Chinese students from the Uighur ethnic minority have been detained in Egypt in a broad police sweep that has shaken the country’s sizeable Uighur student and expatriate community, activists said.

Paul Iddon

Anticipating Mosul's post-Islamic State future

Analysis: Mosul's residents are hesitant about expressing optimism for the city's imminent post-IS future, writes Paul Iddon.

Emile Nakhleh

Washington and Riyadh must defuse the war hysteria

Comment: The time has come for a bold and inclusive social contract between Middle East states and the US, and between regimes and their ...

Joe Odell

Arms deals, speculation and repression: A very British Brexit

Comment: With trade between the UAE and the UK set to increase post-Brexit, state repression in the UAE is only set to get worse, ...

Four years after Morsi: Another Egyptian uprising is inevitable

Mohamad Elmasry

Four years after Morsi: Another Egyptian uprising is inevitable

Comment: In the four years since Morsi was ousted in a military coup, Sisi's regime has accumulated the hallmarks of an authoritarian state ...

The New Arab

Palestinian ex-lawmaker imprisoned over 'morally-motivated' phone smuggling

A Palestinian ex-lawmaker who was motivated by "humanitarian and moral positions towards prisoners" entered prison on Sunday, after pleading ...

'Libya is a failed state': French foreign minister

Robert Cusack

'Libya is a failed state': French foreign minister

Le Drian has called for a drastic solution to bring Libya back to 'normality' and the plan could involve controversial renegade general Khalif ...

France under Macron still indulges Egypt's harsh <em>repression</em>

Joe Stork

France under Macron still indulges Egypt's harsh repression

Comment: Macron may be a fresh new face, but if cabinet ministers' visits to Cairo are any indication, we seem set for the same indulgence of ...

Saudi Arabia and the UAE: Boycotting Qatar, embracing Israel

Said al-Arabi

Saudi Arabia and the UAE: Boycotting Qatar, embracing Israel

Analysis: The Saudi-led blockade of Qatar is closely linked to a bid for rapprochement with Israel, now no longer the main foe of some Gulf ...

France's colonial narrative no longer stands up

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 ...

Daoud Kuttab

'Temporary' deals become entrenched injustices as Israeli occupation persists

Comment: Open-ended agreements reached without resolution always favour the occupier over the occupied, writes Daoud Kuttab.

Alaa Bayoumi

Is Sisi pushing Egypt off a cliff?

Comment: Egyptians' anger is growing and if another wave of protest engulfs the country it will be more radical and destructive, and will ...

Emile Nakhleh

Saudi bullying of Qatar: A crumbling Game of Thrones

Comment: Despite White House support for the Saudi-UAE alliance, it is Qatar thathas emerged with the trump card, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Karim Traboulsi

Anti-Qatar blockade: Consequence of Doha's support for Arab Spring?

Analysis: What really lies at the heart of Gulf accusations against the Qataris? American academic and Middle East affairs analyst Professor ...

UAE: Enforcing <em>repression</em> at home and wrecking alliances abroad

Bill Law

UAE: Enforcing repression at home and wrecking alliances abroad

Comment: The Emirati government may have crushed dissent on the home front, but the Yemen war drags on, and the GCC now risks being torn apart, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian army retakes central gas field from Islamic State

The Syrian army has recaptured the Arak gas field in the central province of Homs from the Islamic State militant group.

Libyan group says it freed Qaddafi son Saif Al-Islam

The New Arab & agencies

Libyan group says it freed Qaddafi son Saif Al-Islam

An armed group in Libya said on Facebook Saturday it has freed Saif Al-Islam, the son of dead dictator Muammar Qaddafi who has been in custody ...

Thousands rally in Morocco to demand protest leader's release Thousands rally in Morocco to demand protest leader's release

The New Arab

Thousands rally in Morocco to demand protest leader's release

Thousands of Moroccans held rallies for a sixth straight night, demanding that authorities release the leader of a political grassroots movement.

Prisoner hunger strike victory a 'turning point' for Palestinians

The New Arab

Prisoner hunger strike victory a 'turning point' for Palestinians

Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi says the 40-day Freedom and Dignity hunger strike united Palestinian prisoners while hoping that it would ...

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