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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

10 October 2015

A Man Who Travels the World Not to See Things, But Hear Them

Sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard used to be a musician. But he discovered he'd rather find sounds than make them. Now he records what other people barely notice.

9 October 2015

Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisians are over the moon their democratic progress was recognised by awarding the National Dialogue Quartet the Nobel Peace Prize today.

Rethinking Criticisms Levelled at Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace

Global Voices Advocacy

In a follow up to the ICHRI piece, Small Media reacts to that report, with their own observations on the recent changes to Iran's Internet policy.

8 October 2015

Netizen Report: Is Egypt Blocking Voice Calls on WhatsApp and Skype?

Global Voices Advocacy

Lebanon arrests two over Facebook posts, Venezuela blocks Bitcoin sites in crusade against foreign currency, and the EU takes 'Safe Harbor' away from US tech companies.

Arrest and Prison Time for Journalists and Bloggers over Facebook Posts in Lebanon

Global Voices Advocacy

Two Lebanese Facebook users found themselves sentenced to prison for posts they wrote on the social networking site.

7 October 2015

Undercover Israeli Soldiers Infiltrate Palestinian Protesters Before Turning Their Guns at Them

Footage showing Israeli soldiers dressed as Palestinians in a protest has surfaced online. First, the infiltrators throw rocks at the Israeli soldiers. Then, they turn their guns at the Palestinians.

6 October 2015

Syrian Refugees? Get Your Facts Straight Before You Share Their Stories

Photographs of struggling Syrian refugees escaping death are plastered all over the Internet. Here's our pick of some photographs which are not what they seem. Rami Alhames explains.

Turkey Puts a Gun to the Media's Head in Lead-Up to Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Information campaigns and physical intimidation that once targeted Kurdish and leftist media are now being aimed at major media outlets of all kinds.

Steps On the Journey

The Bridge

“The seas are not only the graveyard of our bodies. . . but also of our memories—of our belongings and the small things we brought to remind us of home.”

29 September 2015

When Online Kremlin Propaganda Leaves the Web, It Looks Like This

RuNet Echo

"Material Evidence" is one of few pro-Putin Internet projects connected to Russia's "troll factories" with a significant offline trail. Because of this, we can trace its operations unusually well.

28 September 2015

By Land or By Sea? Refugees Trying to Leave Turkey Face Tough Decisions

As Turkey and its neighbors consider how to handle the millions of refugees looking for homes, Iraqi refugee Amer Mohammad camps outside an Istanbul bus station, waiting to travel.

27 September 2015

Global Voices Series Dispatches From Syria Wins Online Journalism Award

According to the judges who selected "Dispatches in Syria" as category winner, Marcell Shehwaro's “intensely personal writing found the gray areas in a war usually told from polar extremes.”

‘A Syrian Love Story’ Follows One Family's Journey Through War and Exile

“I think the message of hope is in the defiance — the defiance of one family, who have all pulled through.”

24 September 2015

Jailed Activist and Artist Atena Farghdani Protests Mistreatment With Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

“They have tarnished my daughter’s reputation in prison. They are playing with her integrity with their [ugly] words."

‘Halal’ Internet Advertisements Pop Up in Toronto, Canada

'Halal' Internet refers to Iran's national intranet project, but ads for censorship software associated with groups of parents protesting Ontario's sexual education curriculum are using the term.

23 September 2015

‘We Are Here To Support You': A Dutch Welcome for Refugees

The Bridge

Volunteers at Amsterdam's Central Station have banded together to welcome and support arriving refugees. "What I didn’t anticipate," writes Faten Busheri, "are the stories they would tell me."

The Arrest of Arash Zad, Iran's Start-Up Kid

Global Voices Advocacy

A popular technology blogger and pioneer of Iran's start-up scene is quietly arrested at Tehran's international airport. A strange turn of events for someone not involved in an dissident activity.

22 September 2015

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons of Alan Kurdi Spark Another Round of Free Speech Debates

French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo kicks off a new free-speech debate with its latest cartoons about the refugee crisis and specifically deceased Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi.

19 September 2015

Saudi Court's Death Sentence for Young Ali Al-Nimr Disputed by Human Rights Defenders

Saudi Ali al-Nimr was arrested when he was 17. Now, at 21, he is sentenced to be beheaded, and then have his body strapped to a cross to rot.

18 September 2015

The Lebanese Government vs Protesters: Oppression, Arrests and Thugs

Forty-three people were arrested in Lebanon on Wednesday for protesting against the second round of talks between political powers to end the presidential stalemate.

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