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· September, 2012

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from September, 2012

28 September 2012

Turkey: Prime Minister Signals Negotiations with Kurdish Rebels

The Prime Minister of Turkey has signaled that he will negotiate with Kurdish rebels after months of deadly violence. In the past Turkey has been unwilling to do so despite...

27 September 2012

Jordan: Inkitab Group to Hold Second Used Book Fair

After the success of their first event, the Inkitab Group which works to promote reading, will hold their second used book fair in the Jordanian capital Amman on October 1,...

Iran: President Ahmadinejad's Men in Trouble

As President Ahmadinejad addressed the UN General Assembly on September 26, a foreign ministry spokesperson was attacked by protesters in New York and a government press adviser was arrested in...

Iran: Eight Years of Deception

26 September 2012

Algeria: Calls for Anti-US Protests Fall on Deaf Ears

Western embassies were targeted by protesters in many Arab nations after an anti-Islamic movie trailer was published online. Yet calls for protests in the capital of Algeria, Algiers, went mostly...

25 September 2012

Bahrain: Can Democracy and Islam Co-Exist?

Can democracy exist in Islamic societies? This was the topic of conversation between Bahraini bloggers today.

24 September 2012

Iran Blocks Access to Google and Gmail

Iran has blocked Google and Gmail from the Internet for nearly all users, allegedly to protest against an anti-Islam film on YouTube. Others say it's part of a plan to...

Saudi Arabia: Families of Uncharged Prisoners Protest on National Day

Imprisonment without charges is the top human rights issue in Saudi Arabia. Families of uncharged prisoners, estimated to be around 30,000 detainees, took the risk to raise awareness about the...

Iran: New Wave of Repression Against Bloggers

Several bloggers are facing renewed attacks by government authorities, including jail time and physical attacks. Here are updates on four different bloggers whose challenges appear to keep growing.

Tunisia: Civil Society and the Sharia State

Bahrain: A Country for Disgruntled Citizens

Egypt: Sex Education for Youth

23 September 2012

Saudi Arabia: Celebrating National Day in Style

Saudi Arabia marks its National Day today [Sept 24] and young Saudis are celebrating the day in style. On Twitter, the day's events are tagged with a special hash tag...

Iran: Google and Gmail Will Be Filtered

21 September 2012

Iran: Bear's Torture Commemorated with Day Against Animal Cruelty

A video of a brown bear and her cubs being clubbed to death made a big impact on the Iranian public in 2011. Now animal rights activists commemorate the day...

19 September 2012

Albania: Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival

Egypt: Artists Re-Paint Murals Destroyed by Police

Egypt: 1.5km Human Chain Protest Outside Nile University

Syria: The Revolution through the Designs of Wissam Al Jazairy

Wissam Al Jazairy is a young Syrian graphic designer. The suffering of his people is evident in art work he published online as part of his contribution to the Syrian...

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