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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

25 November 2016

From Tehran to Manhattan, One Fashion Shoot at a Time

The Bridge

Had fashion photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh pursued his profession in Iran, he might well have been among those arrested in recent crackdowns. Luckily for him, he made it to New York.

In Iran, the Kurdish Struggle Remains in the Shadows

The Bridge

The Kurdish struggle remains one of the most compelling storylines of the Middle East. The Kurds of Iran are active, but often ignored by the international community.

23 November 2016

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Bans Photojournalist for this ‘Unofficial’ Photo

Global Voices Advocacy

Hussein Baydoun was barred from photographing the PM after this image was published. Photographs he took during last year's ‘you stink’ protests against government corruption were featured in numerous outlets.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 4: “We Declared It a Revolution For Freedom”

The Bridge

"For them our triumphant chants for freedom have been a sort of rape, and now is their chance for revenge."

22 November 2016

I’m Qatari, and I Want to Be Able to Decide For Myself Who I Marry

The Bridge

"My marriage changed me. It took my outside my bubble, and made me question our culture’s values."

Love Trumps Hate: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast

This week we start in the US, where Omar Mohamad narrates his piece "America I used to love you", and then we take you to Cuba, Syria, and Taiwan.

19 November 2016

Eastern Aleppo Health Director: Due to Systematic Attacks Against Hospitals, All Are Now Out of Service

As the Syrian regime and Russian government continue their assault on besieged Eastern Aleppo, the Aleppo Health Directorate announced that all remaining hospitals in Aleppo are out of service.

18 November 2016

A Mother’s Fight for Her Son Exposes Lebanon’s Institutionalized Sexism

Fatima Ali Hamze was arrested for refusing to give up custody of her son, sparking what could signal a new women's rights movement in Lebanon.

17 November 2016

The Uphill Battle of Protecting Syrian Antiquities Amidst War

"In every military faction, including the regime’s army, you find a group involved in facilitating excavations and smuggling operations."

Sleeping or Dead – Part 3: Thought is the Crime

The Bridge

"Even if they don’t torture you, the mere act of waiting does. Have they forgotten us? Are we going to stay in here forever? Why haven’t they called us today?"

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

Omani Film Critic Sentenced to Jail Over Facebook Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"As long as there is a human being exploiting a human being, there are revolutionary dreams, and dreams make the future."

15 November 2016

Smog Engulfs Tehran—Again

Iran's capital is under its annual smog warning, and hardliners are claiming the failed Rouhani administration are slowly killing its citizens.

UN Chiefs Chat Trump, Climate Change, Migration, and Water with Global Voices

Work tackling some of the world's most pressing issues should continue, regardless of the new US president-elect's positions on them.

13 November 2016

Beirut Begins Destroying the City’s Last Public Beach

The people of Beirut were shocked this Saturday, when images of the city's last public beach, began circulating on social media, showing the site being destroyed by heavy construction equipment.

12 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 2: “Aghiad's Blue Jacket”

The Bridge

"He pulls the chain till we are hanging by our hands, toes barely touching the ground. You’re mid-way between sky and earth, presented as a sacrifice of blood."

10 November 2016

Possible Trump Cabinet Members’ Links to the MEK Cult Could Spell Trouble for Iran

The Bridge

A Donald Trump presidency and the closeness of some of the president-elect's key allies with the militant group MEK could mean a worrying shift in the US position on Iran.

Turkey Continues to Arrest Kurdish Politicians, Restrict Internet Use

Global Voices Advocacy

"What was done tonight is not only a coup but also an operation to separate the country!"

8 November 2016

‘We Will Not Surrender': Opposition Voices Rally to Support Turkey's Besieged Media

Global Voices Advocacy

Yet another independent media outlet in post-coup attempt Turkey is on the brink.

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