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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

21 July 2017

Lebanese Government Bans All Protests Right Before a Syrian Refugee Solidarity Sit-In

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists called for a protest after four Syrian refugees died while in the custody of the Lebanese army.

19 July 2017

A Water Weed Is Damaging Ethiopia's Largest Lake and Putting Livelihoods at Risk

The lake has become a symbol of the dire state of Ethiopia’s natural resources at a time when Ethiopia’s fast-growing population needs more of everything.

How the Assault on Independent Media in Bahrain Silenced a Trusted Regional Watchdog

Global Voices Advocacy

"Freedom of expression is under sustained attack here. With the shuttering of Al Wasat, there is no real journalism left.”

18 July 2017

One Year Later: Why the Purges in Turkey Were Always in the Pipeline

The Bridge

"What has happened in Turkey is a tragedy, made even worse by the fact that the loudest voices in the chorus said the wrong things at the wrong time."

14 July 2017

For Syrian Refugees Living in Jordan, Journalism Offers Hope and Opportunity to Rebuild Their Homeland

For Syrian refugees in Jordan, Syrians Between Us provides the skills they need to tell their own stories.

12 July 2017

A Syrian Artist From the Israeli-Occupied Golan Heights Explores Identity and Humanity in His Work

“I was motivated because I’m born undefined — and I’m still undefined — but I came to understand myself more through understanding others."

11 July 2017

Protesting Mistreatment in Prison, Emirati Activist Survives Six Weeks of Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Imran al-Radwan is serving a seven-year jail sentence for calling for reform in the UAE.

A Syrian Artist Reimagines the World's Powerful Leaders as Vulnerable Refugees

"Those leaders were partly responsible for the displacement of Syrians. Maybe they will feel what it feels like to be vulnerable."

8 July 2017

Turkish Opposition Looks to Build Momentum as Their Justice March Reaches Istanbul

The Bridge

“We need to achieve what we couldn't do following Gezi and 16 April. We need to show the decisiveness that would bring the energy of the social opposition to politics.”

7 July 2017

Netizen Report: Working in the Public Interest Can Get You Arrested

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.

Violence in Arsal Is a Reminder of How Vulnerable Syrian Refugees Are in Lebanon

"Whatever happened, we have to recognize that the response towards these attacks where refugees/Syrians are all assumed guilty is inhumane"

5 July 2017

Erdogan's Post-Evolutionary Turkey Floods School Classrooms, Threatens Universities

No more Darwin for schoolchildren, but that might not be the end of it.

1 July 2017

Moroccan Prime Minister's Appeal for “Calm” After Clashes Reaps Criticism

Morocco's governing parties have yet to succeed in defusing tensions in the Rif as the political crisis continues to escalate.

28 June 2017

Caught Between Saudi Coalition and Houthi Rebels, Yemeni Journalists Face Challenges on All Sides

Global Voices Advocacy

Press freedom in Yemen is facing "eradication".

26 June 2017

Iran's Revolution In Waiting

The Bridge

Without the active presence of justice in all its forms, it will remain impossible for any Iranian government to achieve coexistence among all of the country’s ethnic nations.

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.

24 June 2017

Meet the Saudi Woman Who Ignited a Firestorm When She Got Behind the Wheel

Challenging prohibitions on driving in Saudi Arabia is no easy task.

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.

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