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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

28 May 2016

Some Moroccans Are Tired of Getting the Hollywood Treatment

Moroccan cities and desert locales have served as stand-ins for many movies set in other Middle East countries. Some in Morocco would like their country to play itself more often.

23 May 2016

The Iranian State Versus Kim Kardashian

The story is so absurd that it seems funny, at first glance. But the Iranian state's problems with Kim Kardashian are no laughing matter.

22 May 2016

He'd Never Seen Jukeboxes Before Immigrating to the US. Now He's a Master at Repairing Them.

Magdi Hanna grew up in Egypt, but when he moved to the United States, he found a calling fixing the decades-old musical machines.

19 May 2016

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s Leading Human Rights Defenders Face Legal Challenge

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media is back on in Uganda, but off in Iraq; a new tool helps Russians make friends (and target victims); and @Verdade reveals that Mozambique is conducting mass surveillance.

12 May 2016

Latin America and the Middle East Take One Step Closer to Each Other on the Dance Floor

"Just like we always dreamed, music will bring people together and give us a chance at world peace."

11 May 2016

Iranians Lip-Sync Their Love for Music Maestro Mohammed-Reza Shajarian in Tribute Video

"Shajarian, voice of the people of Iran: #Maestro_we_love_you #Shajarian"

Meet Two Sahrawi Activist Filmmakers Who Dare to Document Human Rights Abuses

Rising Voices

“I am always in danger, even when I am not filming,” said Mariem Zafri, Sahrawi media activist about the risks she takes in her video advocacy work.

10 May 2016

What Next for Turkey After Erdogan Power Play?

Turkey's course is still unfathomable, but there are few doubts as to who is steering the ship.

9 May 2016

Syrian Activists Raise the Alarm Over a Possible Massacre in Hama Prison

Activists are raising the alarm over the fate of more than 800 inmates, mostly political prisoners, held in Hama central prison after they staged a mutiny to demand their rights.

7 May 2016

Exit Davutoglu: Turkish PM Squeezed Out as Fears for the Future Intensify

One of the few potential remaining checks on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's power has gone.

Iran's Shrinking Lake Urmia Comes Under the Spotlight, Thanks to Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio

"I asked if they knew what disaster would befall us if the lake were to dry up. They said, if it goes dry, we'll just have to go somewhere else."

3 May 2016

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Goes Free on World Press Freedom Day

Global Voices Advocacy

On May 3, just in time for World Press Freedom Day, Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was released from Evin Prison.

The Hot and Cold Secrets of the Persian Kitchen

"The aim of a Persian cook is to balance hot and cold ingredients...or to correct the imbalance [that is] causing trouble to an individual, with food."

2 May 2016

Aleppo Is Burning: Make Your Social Media Profile Photograph Red to Show You Care

Aleppo is being "wiped off the map" as you read these lines. Hundreds have been killed in recent days as activists appeal to the world to pay attention to their...

1 May 2016

This Dissident Poet Says Elections and the Nuclear Pact Give Him Hope for Iran

Shahram Rafizadeh is an Iranian poet living in exile outside Toronto. He still watches political events closely back home in Iran, and he’s holding out hope for change.

30 April 2016

As UN Decides Future of Western Sahara Peacekeeping Mission, Sahrawis Press for Human Rights

While international diplomats met this week to determine the future of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, demonstrators throughout the occupied territory are calling for self-determination and human rights.

Iraqi Protestors Storm Parliament; State of Emergency Declared

Hundreds of Iraqi protestors stormed the Parliament building, in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, in protest against a deadlock in approving a new government today. A state of emergency was declared.

27 April 2016

Syria: What Forgiveness Doesn't Mean

The Bridge

'I wish the soul of the revolution was enough for me to be able to pardon them all, if only in the “court in my head”.

Imprisoned Iranian Cartoonist Hadi Heidari Goes Free

Global Voices Advocacy

"By the grace of God, I was released from Evin Prison tonight after serving time. Thank you all for the kindness," Hadi Heidari wrote on Instagram.

26 April 2016

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani's Prison Sentence Reduced From 12 Years to 18 Months

Global Voices Advocacy

"To my cartooning colleagues around the world: let's keep watching and speaking out for Atena Farghadani."

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