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· October, 2013

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from October, 2013

31 October 2013

Meetup with Global Voices!

Rising Voices

Throughout the months of November and December, we are organizing six global in-person 'meetups' led and facilitated by Global Voices members.

28 October 2013

Egypt: Lawsuits Greet Bassem Youssef's Long-Awaited Al Bernameg

How ready is Egypt for Bassem Youssef's latest round of satire? Netizens react to the first episode of El Bernameg (The Programme), which was greeted with lawsuits.

27 October 2013

Massive Saudi Police Presence on the Day for Women Driving

Traffic police stopped Saudi women from defying a ban on driving. This action spells out the Kingdom's official position on driving, long blamed on a traditional society.

Iranian Student Leader Majid Tavakoli Is Out on Bail

After 4 years in jail, an influential Iranian student leader was welcomed home by his family and supporters.

25 October 2013

GV Face: Everything You Need to Know About #SudanRevolts

GV Face

We talk with our Sudan author Usamah M, and Magdi ElGizouli, author of the influential blog Still Sudan, and ask them if this is the next Arab Spring.

Bahrain: More Tear Gas Than People

With a total population of 1.3 million, Bahrain plans to purchase 1.6m canisters of tear gas. Here's how a group of activists plan to stop the shipment from South Korea.

24 October 2013

After Lampedusa Shipwreck, Italy Considers Decriminalizing Illegal Immigration

The tragedy, in which 350 or so African migrants were killed, has renewed debate about illegal immigration in Italy, which is a destination for many African migrants.

Qatari Poet Sentenced for ‘Threatening to Overthrow the Regime’ Loses Final Appeal

Qatar's Court of Cassation upheld a 15-year prison sentence earlier this week for poet Muhammad Rashid al-Ajami. His crime? "Inciting the overthrow of the regime" with his poetry.

23 October 2013

Overwhelmed by Syrian Refugees, Bulgaria Seeks EU Aid

Codeshare Request from Serbia's New Airline Met with US, EU Pushback

The oldest and largest airline trade association in the United States called the request bizarre. Serbian media has so far chosen to ignore the story.

Saudi Women Gear Up To Defy Driving Ban

Saudi women are planning to defy a ban on driving on October 26. Many have already started driving, filming themselves doing so and sharing the footage online.

Video: Saudi Girls Blamed for Being Attacked Outside Mall

Girls are being blamed for being attacked by youth in a shopping mall in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, for not covering their faces - and actually going to a mall.

Gulf Cities: Cultural Capitals of the Arab World?

22 October 2013

Saudi Clerics Protest Women Driving

Saudi Prisoners’ Children Put Into Solitary Confinement

Relatives of prisoners, including children, who were denied from meeting their loved ones during Eid Al Adha, are now being detained in Saudi Arabia, after staging an "illegal" protest.

Egypt: “Morsi is Not Coming Back”

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