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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

26 August 2016

Daraya, Symbol of Non-Violent Revolution and Self-Determination, Falls to the Syrian Regime

The Bridge

"The people of Daraya paid a heavy price for their dream of freedom. For four years they defended their autonomy from the Assadist state, and kept going despite the siege."

25 August 2016

Wife of Persecuted Labour Activist Goes to Trial Over Facebook Post

Global Voices Advocacy

The wife of a labor activist has been charged with posting “insulting” content on Facebook even though she is not a member of the social media site.

24 August 2016

Ahmad Abughaush, Jordanian Gold Medalist, and the Erasure of Palestinian Identity

The Bridge

To those who know the history of Palestine, Ahmad Abughaush's surname speaks volumes. Yet this information was absent from news reports on his gold medal triumph at the 2016 Olympics.

In Syria and Beyond, Protesters Make Sure the World Doesn't Forget the Ghouta Chemical Massacre

"We must teach all dictators a lesson, that all people will come together against any dictatorial regime in the world."

22 August 2016

Breaking the Siege of Aleppo

The Bridge

"The perception is that the US is collaborating with the attackers. If democratic anti-regime forces are crushed by foreign powers and Shia militias, violent extremism will grow in its place."

20 August 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Status Quo Has Got to Go

This week we tell you tales of protest, tragedy, and discrimination from Ethiopia, Egypt, Pakistan, Trinidad and Australia.

Nine Years on, Turkey Blames Gulenists for Murder of Ethnic Armenian Journalist

Supporters of Hrant Dink are quietly hopeful that some of those responsible for his death, if not all, are about to face punishment.

19 August 2016

‘When They Took Me Inside’ Syria's Saydnaya Prison, ‘I Could Smell the Torture’

A new report reveals the depth of the horrors happening inside Syria's most notorious torture prison, which one well-known Syrian dissident called "the most horrible place on earth".

When Never Forgetting the Attacks on France, Try to Remember the Heroes, Too

Global Voices looks at several heroic stories during the latest mass attacks on French soil.

16 August 2016

Israel, One of the World’s Driest Countries, Is Now Overflowing With Water

Scientists and others are looking to desalination as a way to unite longtime enemies in a common cause.

Syria’s ‘White Helmets’ Have Saved Thousands of Lives. Now, They’re Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

"In a conflict where too many have chosen violence, the White Helmets wake up everyday to save the lives others are trying so hard to take."

12 August 2016

Turkish Sports Stars Get Caught up in Erdogan-Gulen War

Both retired footballer Hakan Sukur and NBA basketball star Enes Kanter find themselves on the wrong side of a political divide that is ripping through Turkey.

10 August 2016

The New Orientalism: Iran as a Political Commodity

The Bridge

The fact that Iran remains for westerners an exotic and mysterious land whose "complex history" requires "untangling" by experts, puts serious limits on the possibilities for genuine engagement.

7 August 2016

In Aleppo, ‘White Helmet’ Volunteers Pull Bodies From Rubble Day After Day

"When you see human beings suffering, you need to do something to help them."

5 August 2016

Iran Reportedly Executes Dozens of Sunnis in Crackdown on Prisoners of Conscience

The Iranian government has reportedly executed dozens of Sunni prisoners at Gohardasht prison, including the prominent prisoner of conscience Shahram Ahmadi.

4 August 2016

Netizen Report: In China and the Middle East, Pokémon GO is Not All Fun and Games

Global Voices Advocacy

While Pokemon continues to make waves across the globe, the UAE passes a perplexing new VPN law, Brazil's battle with WhatsApp continues and Mexican indigenous groups launch their own telco.

3 August 2016

Bad Laws Are Contagious: Demystifying the UAE’s New Information Tech Law

Global Voices Advocacy

Preceded by a wave of VOIP blocking in various Arab countries, the new law comes as no surprise for those familiar with digital policy in the region.

1 August 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices: Pokémon Go Gets Political

This week, we take you to Iran, Japan, China, Mexico and Timor-Leste.

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