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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

26 June 2017

The Rise of the Hirak Protest Movement in Morocco

Six years after the Arab Spring, Riffian protesters are leading the way in expressing popular grievances in Morocco.

23 June 2017

Netizen Report: Arrest and Web Censorship Spark Online Protests in Palestine

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists expose Mexico's multi-million dollar surveillance market, spy tech threatens Chinese jaywalkers and Twitter suspends Venezuelan state supporters.

ISIS Attempts to Exploit Balkan War Wounds With Localized Propaganda

The region has a painful legacy of war that has divided people along ethnic and religious lines.

22 June 2017

Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The centrist administration of President Hassan Rouhani has been publicly criticized by Iran's hardline political factions for refusing to censor some of Telegram’s features.

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

18 June 2017

Palestinian Authority Once Again Censors Websites of Rivals and Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

The blocked websites have been critical of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

17 June 2017

Protests Break Out Across Idlib Against Syria's Al Qaeda Branch

"The Syrian revolution ongoing to topple every tyrant"

16 June 2017

Ditching the Egyptian Islands: Between Cash, Legitimacy, and Public Outrage

Going against popular opinion, Sisi is transferring the ownership of two Egyptian Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, and Egyptians are fighting back.

15 June 2017

#FreeNassar: Palestinian Authority Arrests a Student Over a Facebook Post

Global Voices Advocacy

Nassar Jaradat criticized a Palestinian official who stated that the Western Wall should “remain under Israeli sovereignty".

14 June 2017

After Campaigning on Internet Freedom, Iranian President's ICT Minister Boasts of Internet Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi announced that Rouhani had effectively improved methods to control the Internet space as well as shut down a number of platforms.

12 June 2017

One Palestinian Man’s Mission to Make Urban Agriculture More Sustainable

Meet Said Salim Abu Naser, a proponent of sustainable agriculture living and working in Gaza City, Palestine, along the Mediterranean Coast.

11 June 2017

Palestinian Man Documents the Perils of Living Under Occupation on Snapchat

"In all honestly, I pity the Israeli forces more than I despise them."

A Physicist Who Always Dreamed of Working in the US Says It’s No Longer the ‘Global Center of Science’

His family zigzagged the globe in pursuit, and defense, of science. Now, he's worried about the future of science in the US.

10 June 2017

How Palestinians Marked 50 Years of Israeli Occupation

"#Occupationis not being able to visit your relatives who live 10 minutes away...without permission from your occupiers."

8 June 2017

Netizen Report: Gulf States Say ‘Pro-Qatar’ Speech Now Constitutes Cybercrime

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

7 June 2017

Iranian Photographer Mehrdad Naraghi: “No Medium Can Ever Be ‘Finished'”

The Bridge

"No medium is ever “finished.” It is only an artist who can be finished."

5 June 2017

Artists and Writers Celebrate the Work of Missing Syrian Developer Bassel Safadi

Global Voices Advocacy

"I’ve lived all my life dreaming of Freedom, and Bassel taught me to embrace it. I feel overwhelmed when I mention his name."

4 June 2017

A Ugandan Woman Thought She Was Going to Teach in Kuwait. Instead She Was Trafficked.

When Prudence Nandaula got a new job in Kuwait, she was thrilled. But when she arrived, her passport was taken from her — and she was given a mop.

1 June 2017

Could Professional Sports Boost Economic Development in Africa?

"Of course, sports alone cannot lift a country out of poverty. But they can help inspire social change."

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