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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

28 July 2016

Iran Takes Aim at American Sanctions by Threatening Apple

Tehran threatens to ban all Apple products, if the company doesn't set up a local office, and experts say it's to weaken US sanctions now restricting investment flows into Iran.

26 July 2016

This Classic Ukrainian Cartoon Can Help Parents Talk About Human Trafficking

Thanks to YouTube, almost half a century after it was first created, the Ukrainian cartoon series "How the Cossacks.." is making a global comeback.

23 July 2016

Iraq's Marshlands, Nearly Destroyed Under Saddam, Are Coming Back

The wetlands in southern Iraq, now a UN World Heritage site, span thousands of square miles in the middle of desert.

22 July 2016

After Turkey's Coup Attempt, the Real Battles Begin

"AKP, which asks its supporters to take to the streets ‘until the problem is solved’, is opportunistically imprinting its own dictatorship project on society."

21 July 2016

Netizen Report: What do Zimbabwe, Kashmir, and Turkey Have in Common? Internet Censorship.

Global Voices Advocacy

In this edition, we report on #ShutdownZim protests that sparked Zimbabwe to block WhatsApp, the full-on Internet shutdown in Kashmir and ongoing social media censorship in Brazil, Ethiopia and Turkey.

20 July 2016

PokéStops or Stopping Poké? Iran Reacts to the Pokémon Go Phenomenon

Global Voices Advocacy

How has one of the most restricted Internet environments, with censors on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, reacted to Pokémon Go?

19 July 2016

Iranian Hardliners Want to Stop Blocking Twitter — to Defeat Saudi Propaganda

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian hardliners, typically champions of Internet censorship, are calling on the government to stop blocking Twitter in order to counter Saudi Arabian propaganda against Iran.

18 July 2016

‘People Are Getting on Those Boats Because They Want to Live’

The rescue operation Sos Méditerranée publishes accounts of people who have survived journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe on their blog.

12 July 2016

Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict

Global Voices Advocacy

Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

10 July 2016

She'll Get US Citizenship 60 Years After Being Adopted, But Thousands More Must Still Wait

Advocates say as many as 15,000 people who were adopted from abroad but never naturalized are waiting for legislation that would give them the chance to get documented too.

9 July 2016

Iraqi Society Frowned Upon His Moonwalk, But He Kept Dancing Anyway

A year before he was killed, Adel Al-Jaf said: "One day I'll leave Iraq and go to a place where people love dancing and they're not fighting it."

5 July 2016

Goodbye to Abbas Kiarostami, a Filmmaking Legend Whose Vision ‘Transversed His Persian Roots’

Iranian cinematic legend Abbas Kiarostami died after a battle with cancer. We asked some of his fans to share their favourite scenes from the filmmaker's body of work.

2 July 2016

This Jewish Family Is Hosting a Syrian Muslim Refugee in Their Berlin Home

When a Syrian refugee moved into the Jellinek family's home in Berlin, he got help with his German. And the Jewish family developed a new appreciation for their country.

30 June 2016

Even Assad Supporters Aren't Immune to Syria's Kings of Looting

Talks of “banal death”, “corruption”, “war profiteers” and “price peaks” are no longer confined to private spheres.

29 June 2016

The Uncertain Future of the Syrian Revolution

The Bridge

With its many factions dispersed, the Syrian Revolution is now staggering between an internationally-planned political solution and the long, lost dream of military triumph.

At Least 42 Dead in Istanbul Airport Violence

The government has blamed ISIS for the attack. Homes and hotels in Turkey's largest city have opened their doors to stranded passengers.

26 June 2016

A Children's Book Introduces German Kids to the True Story of Syrian Refugees

Germany has received more than 1 million refugees, many of them children from Syria.

25 June 2016

Balkan Right-Wing Populists Gloat Over #Brexit

While the official reactions by most Balkan governments included expressions of guarded concern for the EU after the Brexit, Europhobic representatives of right-wing parties expressed joy via social networks.

A Syrian Family in the US Creates Art and Music That They Couldn't Back Home

President Obama is falling short on his pledge to accept Syrian refugees. But some Syrians already have visas and are living in the US, not as refugees, but as professors.

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