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· September, 2013

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from September, 2013

30 September 2013

Gazans Call to End Rafah Border Suffering

"Human dignity has become a joke. International law is nothing but empty, powerless words printed in books," writes Gazan student Shahd Abu Salama, who is stranded at the Rafah Crossing.

Syrian-Palestinian Refugees of Rap: “The Age of Silence is Over”

After the Assad regime destroyed their UN-funded studio, Sawt Al Shaab (The Voice of the People), in the Yarmouk refugee camp, Refugees of Rap has regrouped. Read more here.

VIDEO: Filmpoem “Prayer of Fear” Stuns Egypt

29 September 2013

Saudi Clergyman Delivers Ground-breaking Science on Why Women Shouldn't Drive

Women in Saudi Arabia should not drive because driving will have adverse effects on their pelvis and ovaries, says a religious scholar. No Kidding.

25 September 2013

No Handshakes for US and Iran, But Hope Prevails

Presidents Obama and Rouhani delivered speeches at the UN General Assembly in New York that delivered some hope for future relations, but not much more.

Blogging for Freedom on Saudi Arabia's National Day

Saudi Arabia marks its National Day on September 23. Bloggers share their hopes for a nation which respects and embraces its people and their aspirations.

24 September 2013

Blogger Claims Russian Foreign Minister to be Sacked

RuNet Echo

The blogger el-murid claims that this signals a change of policy in the direction of accommodating the US in passing a UN resolution authorizing military action in Syria.

23 September 2013

GV Face: Worldwide Media Coverage of Syria

GV Face

How different is reporting on Syria depending on where you are? And what does that mean for Syrians? We discussed this and more in our second edition of GV Face.

October 26th: A Day for Defying Saudi Ban on Women Driving

A group of Saudi women activists have set October 26th, 2013, as a day for defying the state ban on women driving.

22 September 2013

Saudi Arabia – Where You're Shot and Sentenced for it

Jalal Al-Qattan was shot in the stomach during a protest in Qatif last year. He has since been arrested and sentenced to three years. Netizens react.

From Kafranbel: The Syrian Revolution in Three Minutes

The irony of Syria becoming crushed into the past while it struggled to emerge into a future is used by the people of Kafranbel (Idlib), to send a powerful message.

19 September 2013

How Russians Read McCain's Pravda Op-Ed on Putin

RuNet Echo

While Americans were incensed at being lectured by a foreign politician whom many regard as either an idiot or a hypocrite, many Russians, it turns out, reacted no differently.

After 25 Years, Iran Still Haunted by Mass Executions of 1988

Twenty-five years ago thousands of political prisoners were executed by Iran's regime.

For Chinese, Violence in the Middle East Sparks Debate on Democracy, Stability

The crackdown Egypt reminds Chinese people of the Tiananmen Crackdown 24 years ago. Some make use of the violence as a warning to advocators for democracy and social changes in...

18 September 2013

Iran Releases Political Prisoners

17 September 2013

Iran:Facebook and Twitter Blocked Again

Why Are Saudi Boys Painting their Nails?

Saudi boys are painting their nails and showing off their hairy legs as part of a Twitter hashtag which translates to Take a Picture of Yourself Like a Girl Does.

Do These Videos Show Iranians Fighting in Syria's War?

Online videos show Persian speakers apparently working with Syrian regime troops.

Egypt – “A Dangerous Place for Journalists”

Egyptian blogger and journalist Abdulmonem Mahmood has left Egypt, saying he fears for his life.

The Fight to Ban Child Marriage in Yemen

Child Marriage is a widespread practice in Yemen, especially in the rural areas. The story of the death of an eight-year-old child bride puts this serious issue under the spotlight.

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