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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

3 February 2016

Netizen Report: From Egypt to Kenya to Venezuela, Online Political Speech Feels Riskier Than Ever

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media activists face legal threats in Africa and Latin America, Malaysia blocks Medium over corruption coverage, and Saudi pulls back death sentence for Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh.

2 February 2016

Saudi Arabia Reduces Ashraf Fayadh's Death Sentence to Eight Years in Prison and 800 Lashes

Global Voices Advocacy

Saudi Arabia overturned the death sentence of Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, accused of apostasy and other blasphemy-related offenses which he denies, to eight years imprisonment and 800 lashes.

1 February 2016

Following Prisoner Deal, Iranian Nobel Laureate Calls on Tehran to ‘Make Peace With Its Own People’

While expressing joy at Iran’s recent release of four imprisoned Iranian-Americans, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the Iranian government to “make peace with its own people.”

A Syrian Man Takes Refuge in a Korean Honeymoon Resort Island

Ahmed Lababidi, 22, left the war-ravaged city of Aleppo back in 2012, fleeing across the Turkish border. He followed his younger brother on a journey to South Korea.

29 January 2016

Egyptians Call for the Release of Political Prisoners on the Fifth Anniversary of the Jan25 Revolution

Some 41,000 political prisoners remain in jail in Egypt on the fifth anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. Mira G looks at how they are being remembered.

27 January 2016

Netizen Report: Change is on the Horizon for Iran. But Let’s Not Forget Human Rights.

Global Voices Advocacy

Protesters in Poland say no to unchecked surveillance, Kuwait tightens laws on critical speech, and an exiled Bangladeshi blogger tells his story.

Did a Text Message Lead to the Arrest of This Recently Released Iranian-American Prisoner?

Global Voices Advocacy

Another prisoner released in the swaps, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, appears to have been arrested to due to mass surveillance by Iranian authorities. His SMS messages were surveilled.

26 January 2016

Camels Enjoying the Snow in Saudi Arabia

Parts of the desert kingdom of Saudi Arabia are experiencing snowfall -- and netizens are rushing online to document it.

Local Media Coverage of Tunisia's Job Protests Under Criticism

Despite the protesters distancing themselves from vandalism and looting, the media has been focusing on them alone, instead of providing enough coverage of the protesters' demands.

How Netizens Are Pushing Back Against ISIS’ Social Media ‘Propaganda Machine’

Global Voices Advocacy

Alongside the efforts of big companies and governments, many independent groups and individuals are making their own efforts to combat ISIS' activities online.

Activist-Blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki Returns To Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

While much hope and happiness came with the lifting of nuclear sanctions and the release of Iranian-American prisoners in Iran, a blogger and activist returned to jail.

The Lebanese ‘Christian Marriage’ Between Aoun and Geagea Leaves Many Skeptical

When one former warlord endorsed another former warlord, ordinary Lebanese started sharing stories of their suffering during the civil war. Abir Ghattas and Joey Ayoub share some of those stories.

25 January 2016

#Justice4Morocco: 7 Defenders of Free Expression Face Trial

Global Voices Advocacy

Since the mid-2000s, the regime of King Mohammed VI has systematically targeted and persecuted Moroccan citizens working to hold their government accountable to its people.

Is ISIS Trying To Manipulate the Crypto Debate? Tech Experts Debunk Encrypted Email Video

Global Voices Advocacy

ISIS releases a new video that aims to play into fears over encrypted communication.

Checkmate: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Declares War on Chess

Checkmate. After Saudi Arabia's grand mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh declared playing chess is forbidden in Islam, netizens turn to Twitter to vent off

24 January 2016

Five Years On: Time to Remember Those Who Gave All for the Egyptian Revolution

It was the beginning of the end to a 30-year rule of a tyrant regime. Five years later, here's a rundown of what's happening in Egypt today.

Three Foreign Lawyers Have Returned Home Safely, But What’s Life Like for Local Attorneys in Tajikistan?

What's the difference between a Tajik and a non-Tajik lawyer? In Tajikistan, detained foreign attorneys have a better chance of remaining unharmed and securing a quick release.

23 January 2016

Once a Refugee in Syria, This Palestinian Woman Is a Refugee Once Again

Nadera Aboud is a refugee in Europe. But this isn't the first time she's had to flee her home. The first time was almost 70 years ago.

22 January 2016

Climate Change Continued to Rear Its Ugly Head in 2015

People around the world were affected by extreme weather events in 2015, the hottest year on record ever.

20 January 2016

Netizen Report: Egyptian Activists and Authorities Brace for January 25 Protests

Global Voices Advocacy

Egyptian activists confront rising tensions approaching the 5th anniversary of the 2011 revolution, Morocco is blocking VoIP apps and China unveils a new assault on circumvention tools.

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