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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

17 November 2017

Jordanian Cartoonist Goes to Trial For Drawing Jesus

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The cartoon commented on the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, which sold church property to Israeli settler groups to pay off church debt.

12 November 2017

As the MENA Region Heats Up, UN Climate Change Talks are Under Pressure

"The Arab region is currently suffering from drought, which is only the beginning of the consequences of climate change. Discussions should take into account the communities most affected."

5 November 2017

What Happens when Montenegro Citizens Return Home After Fighting in Foreign Wars?

The documentary "The Road of No Return?" raises the issue of Montenegro and Balkan citizens who participate in foreign wars in Syria and in Ukraine and then return home.

2 November 2017

Moroccan Journalists Keep Fighting to Cover the Hirak Movement, Despite State Intimidation

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Journalists reporting on the Hirak protests are facing a myriad of restrictions.

27 October 2017

Netizen Report: Voices of Yemen’s ‘Forgotten War’ Speak Out, Despite Legal Barriers

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.

23 October 2017

Iraqis Call on Government to Assist Humanitarian's Art-Based Orphanage

"The government should help him build a complete foundation because these children are the future of Iraq and they deserve to feel safe."

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.

Documentary: Lost in the Ruins of Georgia's Soviet-Era Tea Industry

"There was not a single unemployed person in Laituri. Everyone was employed at either the plantation or the factory."

20 October 2017

Netizen Report: Will Egypt’s Jailed Activists Ever See Justice?

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

18 October 2017

A Conversation With the Founder of the Israeli Legal Clinic for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law

Transitional justice -- is this the future for the laws of conflict? Here is our interview with Yaël Vias Gvirsman, founder of Israel's first International Criminal and Humanitarian Legal Clinic.

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

15 October 2017

Syrian Architects Challenge ‘Post-War’ Reconstruction with Real-Time Designs

"You as architects, planners sometimes draw beautiful drawings, but every line you put on your drawing will decide who gets to come back and who doesn’t get to come back."

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

12 October 2017

Comical Unintended Consequences of Turkish President Erdogan's State Visit to Serbia

The warm welcome of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić during a state visit this week incited many satirical comments on nationalism and media freedoms.

In Algeria, Two Imprisoned Bloggers Go on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Freedom of expression and press freedom are under attack in Algeria.

6 October 2017

Netizen Report: LGBT People Face Online Censorship and Threats in Egypt, Jordan

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.

5 October 2017

A Yemeni Political Analyst Has Been Held By Houthi Rebels Since August, With No Explanation

Global Voices Advocacy

Hisham Al-Omeisy is a crucial voice on the ongoing war in Yemen, and its humanitarian cost.

2 October 2017

Spanish Court Case Tests the Challenges of Universal Jurisdiction on Syrians

"[Our legal team] will exhaust all available means and legal resources at its disposal to pursue justice for the thousands of victims of the Syrian conflict."

29 September 2017

Saudi Women Activists Win Driving Victory in Shadow of Guardianship System and Wave of Arrests

Saudi women may soon be able to drive. However, they continue to face discriminatory barriers under the kingdom's male guardianship system.

23 September 2017

As Italy and Egypt Strengthen Diplomatic Ties, Will Giulio Regeni’s Murder Case See Justice?

Did Italy give up on the quest for Giulio Regeni's killers so Egypt would help Italy block migration to Europe?

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