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In-depth: Protests organised by Syrian refugee solidarity campaigners, and a rival pro-army demonstration, have both been banned by Lebanese authorities with fears tensions could erupt between the two sides.

The oil-rich region has been rocked by unrest since 2011, when Shia protests erupted to demand equality in the Gulf kingdom.

Gulf crisis: Blockading-countries' diplomatic adolescence versus Qatar's diplomatic maturity

Maryam Al-Khater

Gulf crisis: Blockading-countries' diplomatic adolescence versus Qatar's diplomatic maturity

Opinion: Amid the Gulf crisis, we seem to be facing two models in international relations: A model of political adolescence and puerility versus a model of political wisdom and maturity

Saudis block Palestine's Arab48 news website amid region-wide crackdown

The New Arab

Saudis block Palestine's Arab48 news website amid region-wide crackdown

Saudi authorities blocked Arab48 on Saturday, the publication said, in the latest crackdown on media platforms in the region.

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.

David Powell

Sectarianism - from myth to reality

Comment: There was nothing inevitable about the sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria. Instead, it was a product of the regime's 'divide and rule' strategy, writes David Powell.

Mohammed Harun Arsalai

Choosing peace over justice: The return of Hekmatyar

One of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords has taken a seat with the other criminals and corrupt cronies in the nation's 'unity' government, ...

James Denselow

What happens to Islamic State after Mosul?

Comment: IS looks set for defeat in Mosul, but they don't need to raise the black flag to have an impact, writes James Denselow.

Bilal Ahmed

War in Yemen: Internal power struggles and foreign intervention

Analysis: Since the 2011 uprising, Yemen has become a battleground for internal and external warring factions, and escalating foreign ...

Rights groups call on UAE to free Ahmed Mansoor

The New Arab

Rights groups call on UAE to free Ahmed Mansoor

A coalition of activists and public intellectuals called for the immediate and unconditional release of Emirati poet and activist, Ahmed Mansoor ...

Bassel Salloukh

The heart of Lebanon's rural darkness

Comment: Chronically neglected, Lebanon's rural areas could hold the key to the country's economic development, but dreary prospects mean young ...

Jihad for Civilisation, from the Tigris to the Thames

Hadani Ditmars

Jihad for Civilisation, from the Tigris to the Thames

Blog: The parallels between life in Iraq and the UK can be striking, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Curbing internet freedoms will do nothing to fight extremism

Sam Hamad

Curbing internet freedoms will do nothing to fight extremism

Comment: From the UK to Syria, the Islamic State group is being bolstered by governments' brutal backlash against a progressive antagonism, ...

Middle East <em>sectarianism</em> is a self-inflicted wound

Gehad Quisay

Middle East sectarianism is a self-inflicted wound

Book review: 'Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East' is a refreshing challenge to the popular essentialist view of sect ...

The Iraq Report: Winning the war, squandering the peace

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Winning the war, squandering the peace

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Tallha Abdulrazaq

After IS, Iraq's Christians face extremist Shia threat

Comment: Although his rhetoric directly mirrors Islamic State group extremists, Shia cleric Alaa al-Mousawi will receive no major condemnation from a hypocritical international community, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

The New Arab & agencies

Bahrain sends warning to protesters after five shot dead

Bahrain warned people against holding protests on Wednesday, a day after police shot dead five demonstrators in the home village of the ...

Hadani Ditmars

Islamophobia and terror: two sides of one coin

Blog: Terrorism is us, and the sooner we connect our shared experiences of oppression, the less power we give to the twin ideologies of hatred, ...

Behnam Gharagozli, Jon Roozenbeek, Adrià Salvador Palau

Rouhani's landslide quells risk of escalation, despite Trump's hostility

Comment: Just a day after Iranians re-elected moderate negotiator Rouhani, Trump accused Iran's government of wanting death to America, and ...

Beirut Madinati to Beirut Pride: What's Nasrallah afraid of?

Joey Ayoub

Beirut Madinati to Beirut Pride: What's Nasrallah afraid of?

Comment: Without sectarian and patriarchal oppression, none of the warlords-turned-politicians, their business associates or their (exclusively ...

The New Arab & agencies

Bahraini Shia cleric gets one-year suspended jail term

A Bahraini court has convicted a spiritual Shia leader of collecting funds illegally and money laundering, sentencing him to one year in jail ...

Assassinated Egyptian scholar 'predicted IS rise' 25 years ago

The New Arab

Assassinated Egyptian scholar 'predicted IS rise' 25 years ago

Egyptian scholar, Farag Foda, allegedly predicted the emergence of the Islamic State group shortly before being assassinated in 1992, reports ...

The Iraq Report: Political deadlock threatens post-IS peace hopes

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Political deadlock threatens post-IS peace hopes

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

The moderation of Muqtada al-Sadr

James Snell

The moderation of Muqtada al-Sadr

Comment: Paradoxically, the threat of IS has created a new politics, putting nationalism before sectarianism. James Snell asks if a ...

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