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An Iranian journalist who "insulted" a ninth century Shia imam in a tweet posted on Twitter was sentenced to ten years in prison, according to local reports.

Karl ReMarks' <em>satire</em> migrates from twitter to print

Usman Butt

Karl ReMarks' satire migrates from twitter to print

Comment: Usman Butt talks to Twitter satirist and architect Karl Sharro about social media in the Arab Spring, and his upcoming book.

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival celebrates diversity and local talent

Noor El-Terk

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival celebrates diversity and local talent

Liverpool's annual Arab Art Festival is back for the 20th year running promising a diverse and exciting programme jam-packed with a mix of ...

The Shroud Maker: A tale of loss and survival

Noor El-Terk

The Shroud Maker: A tale of loss and survival

Ahmed Masoud's play follows the story of an 83-year-old woman in Gaza, as she remembers her life mapped alongside Palestine's.

Khaled Diab

Egypt's Jekyll and Hyde approach to atheists

Comment: Atheists in Egypt have been enjoying greater public acceptance, but their increased visibility has also resulted in shrill panic towards the atheist 'tsunami', writes Khaled Diab.

The New Arab & agencies

Egypt bans prominent director's play from Cairo arts festival

Egyptian drama 'Before the Revolution' was cancelled just hours before its premiere at Cairo's arts festival, after authorities heavily censored ...

Karim Traboulsi

Egypt bans 'sexually suggestive' Saturday Night Live

Egypt has banned the Arabic version of US comedy 'Saturday Night Live' from television for violating ethical standards, the country's media ...

Ruqaya Izzidien

The many missed-steaks of halal slaughter

Comment: Halal abattoirs are cruel - they require cattle and poultry to be alive at the time of killing...

My week as a white non-Muslim

Ruqaya Izzidien

My week as a white non-Muslim

Comment: I've always been afraid of white people, so, inspired by Channel 4, I decided to become one for a week. I was amazed by what I ...

The New Arab & agencies

State-run KUNA: Kuwaiti actor Abdulredha dies at age 78

78-year-old Abdulhussain Abdulredha, Kuwait’s most prominent actor and comedian who delighted audiences with a comical portrayal of Iraqi ...

Baghdad moves to halt broadcasts of Iraq's 'Daily Show'

The New Arab

Baghdad moves to halt broadcasts of Iraq's 'Daily Show'

Iraqi authorities have moved to halt broadcasts of a widely popular political satire programme in the latest attempt to tighten control ...

Iranians hold ‘Trumpism’ cartoon contest to mock US leader

The New Arab & agencies

Iranians hold ‘Trumpism’ cartoon contest to mock US leader

Iranians have organised a “Trumpism” cartoon contest in which hundreds of participants were invited to submit artwork mocking the US leader.

Black Crows: TV series showcases women's lives under IS Black Crows: TV series showcases women's lives under IS

The New Arab & agencies

Black Crows: TV series showcases women's lives under IS

Watch now: Inspired by true events, "Black Crows", which airs over Ramadan, is the first television series depicting life under IS rule in Syria ...

Dear Palestinians, play with fidget spinners, not rocks

Diana Alghoul

Dear Palestinians, play with fidget spinners, not rocks

The inventor of the fidget spinner, Catherine Hettinger claims she invented it during the 1980s when the Palestinian intifada was at its peak, ...

The New Arab & agencies

‘Baghdaddy’: New York turns Iraq war into musical

“Baghdaddy” tells the true story of an Iraqi defector, code-named Curveball, whose claims about weapons of mass destruction became justification for the US-led invasion in 2003

Adam Lucente and Zouhir Al-Shimale

Syrians tell Trump: 'Chemical weapons aren't our only problem'

In-depth: Syrians are far from confident that US missile strikes against Assad are more than a publicity stunt to benefit a flagging Washington ...

The New Arab

#NewUnitedAirlinesMottos: Arab airlines, social media troll 'violent' American carrier

The internet has responded ruthlessly to the forced removal of an elderly doctor from a United Airlines flight, footage of which went viral on ...

Karim Traboulsi

Everyday is April Fool in the 'fake news' era

Every April 1, media and businesses produce supposedly amusing fake stories pranking their audiences but the comedy value in this has taken a ...

Merkel says Germany could ban Turkish campaign events

The New Arab & agencies

Merkel says Germany could ban Turkish campaign events

Angela Merkel has stressed that Germany reserved the right to "take all necessary measures, including reviewing the permissions" for campaign ...

Mohamed ElMeshad

Media matters: Egypt's revolution and its aftermath

Comment: The revolution was aided by the presence of a relatively critical media. But the media's trajectory since then reflects the path of ...

'Real ISIS housewives': Now isn't the time for joking

Tallha Abdulrazaq

'Real ISIS housewives': Now isn't the time for joking

Comment: This BBC series parodies harmful stereotypes of Muslims, and attempts to gain cheap viewing ratings at the expense of a persecuted ...

Curtains fall: Legendary Syrian actor 'Abu Sayyah' dies

The New Arab

Curtains fall: Legendary Syrian actor 'Abu Sayyah' dies

Syria's legendary actor, Rafiq al-Subaei, died at the age of 86 on Thursday, after decades of transitioning from role to role on millions of ...

Police state Egypt: Crackdown on campus

Jo Schietti

Police state Egypt: Crackdown on campus

Egyptian students are seeing the state's crackdown on opposition on campus, with fear and restrictions leading to suffocating environments in ...

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