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Supporters of jailed Emirati human rights activist Ahmed Mansoor, held a 'street renaming' ceremony in Manchester on Thursday, to highlight his case.

Comment: Saudi Arabia must tread slowly and carefully if it wishes to reestablish ties with Iraq, writes the International Crisis Group.

Trump is throwing the Middle East under the bus

Emile Nakhleh

Trump is throwing the Middle East under the bus

Comment: Killing the Iran deal and moving the embassy to Jerusalem will only bring more instability and misery to the people of the region, writes Emile Nakhleh.

US in talks with ex-foe Sadr after shock win

The New Arab & agencies

US in talks with ex-foe Sadr after shock win

Washington has reached out to Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who had previously led uprisings against the 2003 invasion.

Iraq's Abadi pledges 'strong' government after meeting with Sadr

The New Arab

Iraq's Abadi pledges 'strong' government after meeting with Sadr

Election winner Muqtada al-Sadr will have a strong say in negotiations to form the next Iraq government.

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Shapeshifting Sadr will not bring change to Iraq

Comment: It would be naive to forget the actions and deep-rooted bonds of Sadr's past, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

The New Arab & agencies

US 'stands with' Iraq result as Sadr leads poll

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said he "stands with" the Iraqi people amid the surprise success of longtime adversary Muqtada al-Sadr.

Sam Hamad

Is Sadr poised to lift Iraq out of sectarianism?

Comment: The Sairoun bloc's victory is proof that a significant popular base exists that is ready to accept radical change, regardless of who ...

Iran's international drug dealing risks destabilising Iraq

Austin Bodetti

Iran's international drug dealing risks destabilising Iraq

In-depth: Baghdad's corrupt political system, heavily influenced by Tehran, can do little to stop Iranian narcotrafficking in Iraqi cities, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqis shun first election since defeat of IS

More than half of the nearly 24.5 million voters did not show up at the ballot box in the parliamentary election, the highest abstention rate ...

Iraq holds first elections since victory over IS

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq holds first elections since victory over IS

Worries about security will dominate the first parliamentary elections in Iraq since declaring victory against the Islamic State in Decemeber.

Elections will do nothing to address Iraq's decay

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Elections will do nothing to address Iraq's decay

Comment: Given the sectarian divisions gripping Iraq today, it cannot truly be said that the country is engaging in democracy, writes Tallha ...

Challenges and hope for female parliamentary candidates in Iraq

Marta Bellingreri

Challenges and hope for female parliamentary candidates in Iraq

In-depth: Nearly a third of the 7,000 candidates in Iraq's elections are women - but many have had campaign posters torn down and faced threats ...

In Iraq's Anbar, election offers chance to settle scores

The New Arab & agencies

In Iraq's Anbar, election offers chance to settle scores

In the province of Anbar where IS first emerged in Iraq, parliamentary elections next month are an opportunity for the predominantly Sunni ...

The New Arab & agencies

Election fever hits as Lebanon prepares for long-awaited vote

Stakes are high in the long-awaited 6 May poll, the first test of Lebanon's 2017 voting law, which will determine the country's political and economic trajectory for years to come.

Umar Lateef Misgar

Systematic sexual abuse perpetrated in Syria

In-depth: The Assad regime uses rape of women and men, girls and boys, as a weapon of war, but opposition groups are also guilty of abuses, ...

Robin Yassin-Kassab

Iran's support for Assad must end

Comment: The peaceful ideal Zarif describes for the region amounts to misleading rhetoric that ignores the facts on the ground, writes Robin ...

Pompeo's appointment bodes ill for the Middle East

Emile Nakhleh

Pompeo's appointment bodes ill for the Middle East

The appointment of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state does not bode well for the people of the Middle East, and could damage US standing in the ...

Emile Nakhleh

Another year of deep state repression in Bahrain

Comment: Bahraini human rights activists have suffered severely from government repression, yet Washington and London continue to treat the ...

Riyalpolitik and black gold: The scourge of the petrodollar

Nael M. Shama

Riyalpolitik and black gold: The scourge of the petrodollar

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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