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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

21 February 2017

Privacy is Hard to Protect in Tunisia, Thanks to Politics

Global Voices Advocacy

Almost six years after the regime's ousting, and despite having a constitution that grants all citizens the right to privacy, Tunisia's privacy law still do not meet international standards.

18 February 2017

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Global Voices Advocacy

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

Uproar After a Syrian Judge Says Taking a Second Wife Could Fix ‘Spinsterhood’

"[The decreasing number of men] exacerbates the problem and negatively affects young women and families, given the social norms that stigmatize unmarried women, divorcees, or even widows."

17 February 2017

Divisions and Danger Loom Ahead of Turkey's Upcoming Referendum

On social media, hundreds of "No" Facebook pages have popped up, with humour deployed in the face of strident state propaganda.

13 February 2017

Egypt's Religious Reforms Bring Women Preachers to the Pulpit

The Egyptian government is looking to women preachers as part of its campaign to reform religious discourse, but many are unhappy with the move.

Palestinian Authority Bans Novel for ‘Threatening Morality and Public Decency’

The Palestinian Authority's decision to ban a novel is being met with a lot of resistance.

12 February 2017

This Syrian Refugee Family Was Split Apart by New US Travel Rules

Gasem al-Hamad and his family live in California, safe from the war, but now Hamad's brother is stuck in Jordan. It's unknown when the family may be reunited.

10 February 2017

Netizen Report: Internet Shutdowns Return to Iraq, Persist in Cameroon

Global Voices Advocacy

Cameroon's Internet regional shutdown enters its third week, Ukraine prosecutes two men for "separatist" speech on Vkontakte and Algerian lawyers are told to stop using social media.

Travel Blogger Faces Eight Years in Azerbaijan Prison Over Nagorno-Karabakh Visits and Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

One blogger, three passports and the intricate international relations of the Caucasus region. This gets pretty complicated.

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2016, Tunisia introduced a law on access to information, but its implementation by the government remains limited.

8 February 2017

Fighting the Good Fight: Immigration Advocates Challenge Trump's Executive Order

The Bridge

In airports and law offices around the United States, legal advocates and grassroots activists have found common ground in the fight against President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration.

In Iran, From Prison to Banishment for Posting Jokes on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

After completing a five-year prison sentence for Facebook posts about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into internal exile in southern Iran.

Meet the ‘Jewish National Fund’ and Its Role in Israel and Palestine

To the wider public, the practices of the “Jewish National Fund” aren't well-known. But you can't understand Israel's colonization of Palestinian land without knowing the JNF.

Protesters Say Jordanian Law Encourages ‘Honour Killings’ and Must Be Changed

"There are women that are being killed without doing anything wrong, and people are using this law to justify the killing these women."

7 February 2017

‘Why Are We Still Doing This?': Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Prevent Exam Cheating—Again

Global Voices Advocacy

Internet outages to prevent exam cheating have now become common in Iraq.

3 February 2017

After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.

2 February 2017

Netizen Report: Egyptian NGOs Face Rampant Phishing Attacks, Researchers Say

Global Voices Advocacy

US border agents demand social media data from travelers, Venezuela arrests Bitcoin users attempting to get around currency devaluation, and Myanmar advocates push back on 'Big Brother' law.

Lebanon Forces Syrian Families to Decide Between Homelessness and Child Labor

Despite all the risks, many Syrian families see no choice, other than to flee their homeland for Lebanon and subject their children to labor abroad.

31 January 2017

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

The interview focuses on Algerian government accusations that foreign powers stoked protests against austerity measures in the country. Blogger Merzoug Touati is charged with "exchanging intelligence with a foreign power."

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