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Comment: Bahraini human rights activists have suffered severely from government repression, yet Washington and London continue to treat the regime with velvet gloves, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Comment: Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman is using the kingdom's vast wealth to back dictators, toy with the fates of other nations and ignite sectarianism, writes Nael Shama.

Behind Algeria's Iranian book ban

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Behind Algeria's Iranian book ban

Blog: Fears of Iranian influences sparking sectarian divisions in Algeria are unlikely to stop future cooperation between Algiers and Tehran, writes Habibulah Lamin.

Iraqi militias and PM Abadi to contest election separately

The New Arab

Iraqi militias and PM Abadi to contest election separately

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said the controversial Hashd al-Shaabi militia force will stand separately in next May's planned ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Kurdistan in turmoil

This week in Iraq: Kurdish politicians are being blamed for an ongoing and deep economic crisis, leading to deadly protests and the resignations ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

This week in Iraq: Rights organisations denounce mass executions while British soldiers found responsible for abuses in High Court.

Karim Traboulsi

French president: Post-war Syria must adopt 'Lebanon's pluralist model'

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on the Syrians to seek inspiration from Lebanon's model of governance for their post-war polity, in ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: ‘Victory’ over IS

This week in Iraq: Was Abadi's declaration of victory just a political stunt?

Zahra Ali

Iraqi women's rights must be protected

Comment: Women's rights activists in Iraq insist on the necessity of civil struggle, linking their fight for equality with that of the fight for ...

After IS, corruption should be Iraq's next target

Hadani Ditmars

After IS, corruption should be Iraq's next target

Analysis: The injustice of a corrupt state fuels recruitment to armed groups, notes Hadani Ditmars.

Sam Hamad

Eastern Ghouta: A ghetto of hunger and fear

Comment: Despite the brutal reality of life under siege, Abdelmalik remains resolutely opposed to the kind of sectarianism upon which ...

Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah

Sam Hamad

Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah

Comment: If Saudi Arabia and its allies had provided the rebels with the necessary resources to fight Assad, Syria could have become a graveyard ...

Tillerson's vanishing act while the Middle East is burning

Emile Nakhleh

Tillerson's vanishing act while the Middle East is burning

Comment: Secretary of State Tillerson appears totally disengaged from Middle East policy, where traditional American diplomacy has been replaced ...

'Shia militias nation's biggest threat,' says Iraqi vice president

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'Shia militias nation's biggest threat,' says Iraqi vice president

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi is hoping the US administration will deliver on pledges to counter Iran's growing influence inside Iraq ...

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

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The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

Bashdar Ismaeel

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

Comment: Iraq remains at the mercy of sectarianism and violence, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Sam Hamad

When 'order' builds sectarianism, peace is just an illusion

Comment: Both the US and Iran favour 'order' in Iraq, but when this means supporting brutal sectarianism and curtailing democratic ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

Welcome to The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

Sam Hamad

Separation lines: Kurdistan and Catalonia

Comment: Separatist movements in Iraq and Spain are paying the price for dreams of independence, writes Sam Hamad.

Women's driving: Saudi Prince Mohammed's litmus test

James M. Dorsey

Women's driving: Saudi Prince Mohammed's litmus test

Comment: Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive, but the male guardianship that subjects women to the will of their menfolk remains in ...

Khalid Al-Karimi

What fuels al-Qaeda's survival in Yemen's south?

In-depth: Three years of war have failed to unseat al-Qaeda from Yemen's south - how is the militant group still surviving?

To defeat terrorism, state-sponsored discrimination must end

Sam Fouad

To defeat terrorism, state-sponsored discrimination must end

Comment: Governments must take a stand and stem the institutionalised discrimination that exists in their own policies and societies, writes Sam ...

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Sam Hamad

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Comment: From the moment Sisi seized power, Egyptian influence in Syria, and support for Assad's counterrevolution has been growing, writes Sam ...

Lifting the veil: Religious freedoms in Tunisia

Alessandra Bocchi

Lifting the veil: Religious freedoms in Tunisia

In-depth: Non-Muslims have more rights than elsewhere in the region, but still face discrimination, writes Alessandra Bocchi.

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