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Zainab Mehdi


Zainab Mehdi is a Researcher and Freelance Journalist specializing in governance, development, and conflict in the middle east and north Africa region.

A mural project has been launched in London to honour Palestinian journalists who have risked their lives to show the reality of life in Gaza and Palestine.

16 February, 2024

Asmaa Alanbari's 'Gilgamesh Contemporary II' is a dazzling music, dance, and audio-visual performance inspired by the ancient Babylonian epic poem, Gilgamesh.

25 January, 2024

On at London's Royal Court Theatre, Mohamed-Zain Dada's debut play 'Blue Mist' explores the lives of three British Pakistanis navigating a system that isn't built for them. The play is a poignant take on how Islamophobia manifests itself in the UK.

16 November, 2023

The New Arab sat down with Nader Mansour to discuss the journey and aspirations of Beirut Blues-Rock band The Wanton Bishops for the new generation of Lebanon.

20 October, 2023

The soundtrack to the captivating refugee animation, Lamya's Poem, is set to be released this week. Composed by Emmy-award-winning composer Christopher Willis, The New Arab sat down with him to chat about his inspirations and his creative process.

11 September, 2023

A faithful adaptation of Christy Lefteri's book by the same name, The Beekeeper of Aleppo play deals with the torturous journey of Syrians to Europe after fleeing the war. The play emphasises the fragility of comfort and a shared desire for safety.

17 February, 2023

Iraqis under the regime of Saddam Hussein faced a continuously threatened identity of self, with this generational trauma lingering today. Baghdaddy, performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London, unravels this period with humour and tragedy.

15 December, 2022

In an exclusive interview with The New Arab, the Head of Programs at the Iraq Health Access Organization Hayder Ali explains the most pressing barriers that Iraq faces in achieving proper sexual health awareness, and what needs to be done.

15 July, 2022

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Baghdad's creative milieu is on its way to being restored. This is in part due to a dedicated team of artists and architects who have helped beautify the city's architecture, of which Wijdan al-Majid is a member.

13 May, 2022

As we continue to tumble into the age of AI, new innovations pose new questions about our place in the world, our purpose and what have to offer. The New Arab speaks with the founder of Ai-Da, a humanoid robot, about how to navigate these futures.

03 February, 2022