Stories about Middle East & North Africa from September, 2013
"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.
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.
The Egyptian citizen collective Mosireen has been tirelessly documenting the #Jan25 revolution and the events that followed in images and documentaries. One of their very last creations is “Prayer of Fear”, a filmpoem by Mahmoud Ezzat narrated by Mosireen member Salma Said. Between roving and painful memories, the filmpoem stuns...
Women in Saudi Arabia should not drive because driving will have adverse effects on their pelvis and ovaries, says a religious scholar. No Kidding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twenty-five years ago thousands of political prisoners were executed by Iran's regime.
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 China.
Iran releases several political prisoners including Iranian human rights activist, lawyer and Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh,on Wednesday. Nasrin's husband wrote “Nasrin came,…they told her you are free.”
Internet users in Iran lost access Tuesday to Facebook and Twitter. Several bloggers and news sites reported Facebook and Twitter became widely accessible to Iranian users on Monday, Sept 16, for the first time since 2009.Iranian officials dismissed the episode as a technical glitch.
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.
Online videos show Persian speakers apparently working with Syrian regime troops.
Egyptian blogger and journalist Abdulmonem Mahmood has left Egypt, saying he fears for his life.
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.
Several bloggers and news sites reported Facebook and Twitter became widely accessible to Iranian users on Monday, Sept 16, for the first time since 2009. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and several other Iranian officials use Facebook and Twitter.
Ahmad Al-Mislab, 19, was killed when Saudi forces stormed Awwamiya, looking for eight out of 23 people "wanted" by authorities, who remain at large.