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A university in Saudi Arabia is seeking to sack employees suspected of having links to Muslim Brotherhood, fuelling fears of a major government clampdown on critics in academia and beyond.

Abu Samra's was in Jordan for medical treatment for cancer, when she was charged in absentia by Hamas. Today, the Gaza-based movement bowed to pressure and pardoned Abu Samra.

Palestinian girl footballers kick cultural barriers to the curb

The New Arab & agencies

Palestinian girl footballers kick cultural barriers to the curb

Dozens of young Palestinian girls are practicing their footballing skills on a makeshift village pitch, enjoying an opportunity denied to their mothers' generation in the socially conservative West Bank.

The Rohingya: Southeast Asia's Palestinians

Nada Elia

The Rohingya: Southeast Asia's Palestinians

Comment: The Rohingya and the Palestinian people have much in common: They have been persecuted, repeatedly displaced, denied citizenship and ...

Wife of Marwan Barghouti barred from prison visits

The New Arab & agencies

Wife of Marwan Barghouti barred from prison visits

Israel Prison Service spokesman Assaf Liberati confirmed that Barghouti was barred from visiting for “security reasons” as a consequence of the ...

Andrew Smith

London's DSEI arms fair welcomes the world's war criminals

Comment: The DSEI arms fair in London will bring those responsible for the bombing of Yemen together with those who have profited from it, writes Andrew Smith.

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 ...

Loubna Mrie

The demise of Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria

Comment: Arab-Kurdish solidarity in Syria deteriorated as a result of foreign interests and the regime's war tactics, writes Loubna Mrie.

The New Arab

Danish FM admits selling mass-surveillance technology to Saudi Arabia

Denmark's foreign minister has for the first time acknowledged that the government allowed the sale of surveillance technology to authoritarian ...

Behind the glossy veneer: Human rights abuses in UAE

Joe Odell

Behind the glossy veneer: Human rights abuses in UAE

Comment: When Khaled got his dream job in UAE, he wasn't expecting torture and arbitrary detention. UAE must be held to account over its human ...

Hadani Ditmars

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Blog: 500 years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, music still fuels protest and foments revolution, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Kashmir and the festering legacy of partition

Umar Lateef Misgar

Kashmir and the festering legacy of partition

Comment: Partition in 1947 saw the end of colonial rule and the birth of India and Pakistan, but had disastrous and enduring consequences for ...

On his deathbed: A letter by Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish

On his deathbed: A letter by Mahmoud Darwish

"Being Palestinian is not a motto. The Palestinian is a human being, a tormented soul with daily questions; both national and existential. The ...

Yassin al-Haj Saleh's 'The Impossible Revolution': An incisive work

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Yassin al-Haj Saleh's 'The Impossible Revolution': An incisive work

Book review: Saleh's lucid work tackles the questions that most confound western audiences, and is a reminder of the circumstances through which ...

Only democracy in the Middle East? Far from it

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 analyst David Sheen ...

Tom Charles

UK-Saudi pact faces existential crisis

Comment: As alarm over Saudi human rights abuses grows, so does criticism of the Westminster-Riyadh friendship. The relationship of convenience is under threat like never before, writes Tom Charles.

Adam Coogle

Essam Koshak case will test Saudi Arabia's 'reformed' prosecution

Comment: Essam Kochak's case will be an early indication of whether the prosecution reorganisation as an independent entity is anything more ...

Charlie Hoyle

Qatar blockade escalates Gulf crackdown on free expression

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Egypt arrests dozens of Chinese Muslim Uighur students

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 ...

Anticipating Mosul's post-Islamic State future

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.

Washington and Riyadh must defuse the war hysteria

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 ...

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