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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

23 March 2017

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

21 March 2017

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

Global Voices Advocacy

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

A Syrian Activist's Japanese-Language Message to the People of Japan

"Syria is witnessing a revolutionary call for freedom and dignity for its entire people." Will Japan help?

14 March 2017

Syrian Civil Society in Douma Navigates a Tough Crackdown

Fundamentalist backlash to a magazine article has thrown civil society in Douma and Eastern Ghouta into turmoil, as activists and journalists struggle to get back to work.

12 March 2017

Reckless Diplomacy: Turkey-Netherlands #TulipCrisis Is Scary Viewing for Minorities in Europe

A rally, a crackdown and a diplomatic standoff that stands to benefit nationalist politicians in both countries, but almost no-one else.

Indonesians Gleefully Welcome Saudi King, But Activists Are Wary of Riyadh's Influence

"Saudi learns pluralism from Indonesia. We learn Wahhabism from Saudi. We're even," wrote a Twitter user during the visit.

8 March 2017

Egypt's Revolution: Between Lost Hopes and Growing Apathy

The Bridge

"I have always dodged casual conversations about the Egyptian revolution from people who know little about it, fearing that words would fail me."

Palestinians Mourn ‘Intellectual-Activist’ Killed in Gun Battle With Israeli Forces

"Why is his people absent? Who was those that were supposed to protect him? Who was supposed to hide him?"

7 March 2017

Small Hands and Big Burden for Child Workers in Syria's Idlib

“War is merciless. Many women and children have been burdened with supporting families that have lost the main breadwinner. They have no choice but to work."

3 March 2017

Two Syrian Activists Explain Their Experiences Being Imprisoned by ISIS in Al Bab

"The days passed, and I never expected to come back here, the place from where I entered humiliated...I never expected to get out of here."

2 March 2017

Netizen Report: Social Media Users Arrested for Political Speech in Myanmar, Palestine, Turkey

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.

Walking on Death Along the Iraqi Border

Abdus-Sattar, Mahmud and Suad each had their reasons for fleeing ISIS. Here are their stories.

1 March 2017

Tunisian Government Pledges to Loosen Restriction on Civil Servants Speaking to Media

Global Voices Advocacy

The government suspended guidelines that forbid civil servants from speaking to the press without permission from their superiors.

27 February 2017

Palestinian Journalist Describes Days of Torture, Mysterious Injections by Palestinian Intelligence

Global Voices Advocacy

“Open a funeral house for me, you will hear about my death soon.”

Iran's Ahmadinejad, Whose 2009 Reelection Was Mired in Fraud Allegations, Gives Trump Advice

"We need to seek equality and brotherhood among nations and respect nations’ rights, as well as avoid arrogance and efforts toward domineering others."

24 February 2017

As Border Wall Looms Over Mexico, a Closer Look at Israel’s Internationally Condemned Wall

"Netanyahu's support for Trump and the wall shows in all its meanness how low the Israeli prime minister has reached. Shameful."

Why Benjamin Netanyahu Can't Fly Over Indonesia

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-dominated nation, doesn't have a formal diplomatic relationship with Israel. That's bad news for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's flight crew.

Benjamin Netanyahu's Historic Visit to Australia Gets Mixed Reactions

"Mr Netanyahu’s policies consistently aim to provoke, intimidate and oppress the Palestinian population which increase that imbalance, thus taking Israel irretrievably further from peace..."

23 February 2017

Erdogan's Purges Arrive in Angola

Critics say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engineered a police crackdown in Angola on an international private school.

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