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· January, 2014

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from January, 2014

31 January 2014

Iran: Several Miners Arrested

Egypt's Anti-Terrorism Law to Target Internet

Facebook, among other sites, will come under new scrutiny in Egypt, when a draft "anti-terrorism" law comes into effect.

Citizen Journalists Expose Police Brutality During Protests in Algeria

Protests, which shook El Guerrara town, exposed violent practices by the police in Algeria. Netizens filmed and denounced these practices. Abou Semmar reports.

Australian Journalist Peter Greste Caught in Egypt's Media Crackdown

29 January 2014

Coursera Online Courses Blocked in Syria, Iran and Cuba by US Sanctions [UPDATE]

Hit by US sanctions, Coursera students from Syria, Iran and Cuba, can no longer complete their studies on the online learning platform. Netizens react.

Lebanon: New Stamp to Commemorate Armenian Genocide

Lebanon will have a new national stamp released to commemorate the Armenian Genocide. The announcement was made by Minister of Telecommunications Nicolas Sehnaoui on Twitter.

28 January 2014

Child Artists in Syria's Largest Refugee Camp ‘Zaatari’

Syria children at the Zaatari refugee camp, on the Syrian-Jordanian border, was showing off their artistic skills, writes Syria Untold.

27 January 2014

Iran: A Facebook Administrator Arrested

Egypt: Is Sissi's Promotion a Step Closer to the Presidency?

Abdel Fattah El Sissi's promotion to field marshall has created a buzz online, with many wondering whether it paves the way for him to run for presidency.

Congrats Tunisia on the New Constitution!

Bloggers from across the region paid tribute to Tunisia for adopting a new constitution, three years after the ousting of dictator Zeine el Abidin Ben Ali.

Tunisia's Constituent Assembly Adopts New Constitution

It was a historic day for Tunisia, which voted in favour of a new constitution, three years after the ousting of its dictator, at the beginning of the Arab revolutions.

Egypt: What's Next for Field Marshal El Sissi?

Egypt's army head General Abdel Fattah El Sissi is now a Field Marshal. It is not clear whether this is a prelude to him running for president.

26 January 2014

Cries of Discrimination as Israel Detains Undocumented African Immigrants

Many have fled their home countries for Israel and are seeking refugee status. The detentions have unleashed a wave of demonstrations in Tel-Aviv.

Brazil's Evolving Relationship With Refugees

The number of refugees accepted into Brazil practically tripled from 2012 to 2013.

24 January 2014

GV Face: Live from the Arab Bloggers Meeting #AB14

GV Face

GVers Advox Director Hisham Almiraat, GV MENA Region Editor Amira Al Hussaini, SMEX Co-Director Mohammed Najem and Berkman Fellow Dalia Othman share with us their insights from this remarkable event.

Breaking: Huge Explosion Rocks Downtown Cairo

Egyptians just woke up to the sound of a huge explosion, that rocked downtown Cairo. Initial reports claim that the explosion happened around the Cairo Police Directorate.

23 January 2014

On Love, Politics and the Francophone Culture

France seemed to shrug at the news of French President François Hollande's affair with actress Julie Gayet. Are other French-speaking countries as relaxed in matters of love?

19 January 2014

Saudi Arabia Jails Palestinian Poet for ‘Atheism and Long Hair’

Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh is in a Saudi prison, allegedly for spreading atheism - and having long hair. Mona Kareem reports

18 January 2014

Yemeni Activist Receives Death Threat on Facebook

Prominent Yemeni political activist and journalist Hani Al-Junid received a death threat on Facebook. The threat, by an anonymous person, warned that Al-Junid's "termination" was soon.

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