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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

14 October 2016

She Needs Justice: The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast

This week, we’ll introduce you to women seeking or achieving justice in Poland, Uruguay, Russia and Syria.

10 October 2016

Reality, Conspiracy and the US ‘Internet Freedom’ Agenda: Deconstructing Iran's Case Against Nizar Zakka

Global Voices Advocacy

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison by Iranian for leading U.S. funded projects in Iran. We deconstruct this situation.

Turkish Village Preserves “Bird Language” in a Cell-Phone World

“Our purpose is to promote bird language to our country and to the world.”

9 October 2016

WhatsApp Reportedly Blocked in Yemen, Mobile Operator Cites ‘Technical Issues’

Global Voices Advocacy

Censorship of online content has surged in Yemen since the beginning of the conflict opposing Houthi rebels and forces loyal to president Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi.

7 October 2016

“With a Nobel, but Without Peace”

The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Colombia's President Santos for his efforts to end a five decades-long civil war, with Syria's widely celebrated White Helmets missing out.

For Lebanon’s Elderly, the Ongoing Garbage Crisis Is a Tight Noose

Lebanon's most vulnerable are paying the ultimate price for the country's waste crisis.

Tunisian Teen Risks Suspension for Denouncing Poor School Conditions on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

The school administration has accused Hamza Batti of engaging in a "smear campaign" against it.

6 October 2016

Will Lebanon Meet Its Renewable Energy Pledge by 2020?

Lebanon is no stranger to environmental and energy crises, but many are trying to tackle them.

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

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.

3 October 2016

Help End the Imprisonment of Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour

Global Voices Advocacy

Saeed Malekpour was arrested and jailed in 2008 over someone else's use of his open source code to upload pornographic material to the Internet.

Qatari Emir's Dead Falcon Sets the Stage for Diplomatic Stir with Kazakhstan

"There were no obvious reasons for holding them, but still the falcons stayed in the same place."

1 October 2016

Morocco Is Hollywood’s ‘Door to the Dessert,’ But It’s Also Much More

Morocco has always been one of the most popular filming sites in the world, where many international filmmakers have shot some of their hit movies.

30 September 2016

An Iranian-Canadian Academic Is Released, but Iran's Crackdown on Women's Rights Activists Continues

Efforts to increase women's participation in February's parliamentary elections were met with a campaign of repression from hardline institutions in Iran.

29 September 2016

I Am Lucky to Have a Syrian Passport

The Bridge

"Do I appear fidgety? Maybe it is because I don’t understand how someone would ever answer “Yes” to the question: 'Are you a member of a secret banned organization?'"

Kuwait Detains Activist Sara Al-Drees for Insulting the Country's Ruler

Global Voices Advocacy

The pro-democracy activist has previously served jail time for the same charge.

28 September 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: We, the People

This week, we speak to our contributors Elizabeth Rivera, Giovanna Salazar and Juan Tadeo about popular discontent with politics in Mexico.

Jordanian Government Ignores Public Backlash, Signs Gas Deal With Israel

Despite significant opposition, Jordan signs controversial gas deal with Israel. Protests planned for this Friday could determine the agreement's future.

A Lavish Iranian TV Series Revises the History of the 1953 Coup for the Post-Nuclear Deal Age

The Bridge

Iran's 1953 coup d'état is widely depicted as a rupture in the modern history of Iran. It is also a Pandora’s box filled with contested narratives.

26 September 2016

Jordanian Authorities Impose Media Gag After Writer's Killing

Global Voices Advocacy

Jordanian authorities have banned media coverage of the assassination of Nahed Hattar, a writer who was shot dead on September 25 by a gunman in the capital Amman.

24 September 2016

Two Palestinian Ex-Prisoners Open Up Ramallah's First Food Truck

After spending years in an Israeli prison, these two Palestinian men are hoping their concept for an urban food truck catches on in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

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