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· April, 2012

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from April, 2012

30 April 2012

Armenia: Art, Genocide, Westernization and Identity

Iran: Street Sweeper Finds and Returns $500,000

An Iranian street sweeper named Ahmad Rabani found 1 billion Toman (about $570,000 US dollars) and returned it to the owner. As thanks, he received a 200,000 Toman ($120 US...

29 April 2012

Iran: Cockroaches and New Hijab Crackdown

Iran: Jailed blogger's open letter to Head of the Judiciary

Tunisia: Clashes Over Future of State Television

On April 25 a sit-in outside the offices of Tunisia's state television network that had lasted almost eight weeks came to an end. Protestors demanded the “cleansing” of the network...

28 April 2012

Syria: Television “Confession” of Activist Ali Mahmoud Othman

Ali Mahmoud Othman, head of the media office of Baba Amr in Homs, was arrested in March. Now an exclusive interview, which many believe is a forced confession following his...

Bahrain: Where is Abdulhadi Alkhawaja?

For some days there has been no news of imprisoned Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, who has been on hunger strike since February 8. It is feared that Alkhawaja...

27 April 2012

Iran: Opposition sites under cyber attack

Tunisia: Uproar at Kiss of President's Hand

On April 26 a video featuring two men kissing the hand of interim Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki made a buzz on the web. Kissing the hand of the president is...

25 April 2012

Do Arab Men Hate Women? Mona Eltahawy Faces Firestorm

Egyptian-American columnist Mona Eltahawy has once again sparked controversy with an article in Foreign Policy magazine entitled “Why Do They Hate Us?”, in which she argues that Arab societies are...

Armenia: Does the world need to recognize the Armenian Genocide?

Accused of Molesting Children, Iranian Diplomat Leaves Brazil

An Iranian diplomat based in the capital of Brazil, Brasilia, was accused of molesting underage girls at a swimming pool on April 14, 2012. While Iran's embassy denied the allegations,...

24 April 2012

Turkey: Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Istanbul

April 24 marks the 97th anniversary of the massacre and deportation of around 1.5 million Armenians living in the then Ottoman Empire. An emotive issue for many Armenians and Turks,...

Egypt: Time for Televised Presidential Debates?

As the time approaches for the Egyptian presidential election, there have been calls not only in Egypt but also around the Arab world for televised presidential debates.

22 April 2012

Iran: Pet Dogs Seized by Security Forces Once Again

The Iranian Society for Prevention of Cruelty against Animals report that last week about 20 dogs in Pardisan Park in Tehran were arrested as their owners walked them.

Bahrain: One-Woman Demo!

We have become accustomed to seeing million-man protests in Arab countries, but how about a one-woman protest?

Jordan: New Website for Short Stories

Bahrain: Tear Gas, Violence Surround F1 Grand Prix Race

Bahrain hosts the Bahrain Grand Prix on April 22 but the run-up to the event has seen huge protests. In clashes police have been firing tear gas and stun grenades...

Armenia: A Tale of Two Nations

21 April 2012

Iran: Ahmadinejad's Car, A Woman, And a Hungry Old Man

An online video showing a young woman jumping onto the hood of the car of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while he was visiting Bandar-Abbass on 10 April, is making a...

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