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· March, 2014

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from March, 2014

31 March 2014

Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Nuclear Security Summit Protests

Free Tibet protesters were foiled by Chinese security officials, and a protest urging the US to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions was given prime real estate near the summit.

28 March 2014

Obama's Visit to Saudi Arabia Shows Off King's Desert Retreat

Although they did not discuss human rights, President Obama met with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia today. And Saudis saw the King's desert retreat thanks to a tweeting American journalist

27 March 2014

Lebanese Launch Campaign in Support of Syrians Facing Racism

People in Lebanon joined hands to call for an end of racism towards Syrian refugees in their country, writes Joey Ayoub. "Our home is yours," they said.

MENA: Hijab and Western Discrimination

Saudi Arabia: 2014 A Promising Year for Women

After One Death, Pleas to Free Remaining Abducted Iranian Soldiers

Insurgents near the Iran-Pakistan border abducted five soldiers in February and have reportedly killed one of their prisoners, Jamshid Danaeifard. #FreeIranianSoldiers say Iranians on Twitter.

26 March 2014

“Click Rights” Campaign for Digital Rights in Middle East and North Africa

The IGMENA campaign “Click Rights” aims to bring more awareness of digital rights to citizens, so they in turn can pressure governments and the private sector to uphold them.

In A Syrian Neighbourhood, Rocket Fire Becomes The New Normal

The Bridge

When her Aleppo neighbourhood is the target of rocket fire, Syrian activist Marcell Shehwaro's is both surprised, and not surprised, at how quickly life returns to "normal".

24 March 2014

Libya Vs Iraq: Who Wins in the Explosives Finale?

Egypt Sentences 529 Muslim Brotherhood Supporters to Death

Egypt today [March 24] sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for their roles in violent riots in Minya, in Upper Egypt, last August.

23 March 2014

Tor Users on the Rise in Turkey

Video: Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah Released on Bail

Celebrations continue as prominent Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah is released from jail. In his first tweet after his release, the activist vows to "continue" the struggle.

Erdogan Vows to ‘Wipe Out’ Twitter in Turkey

Turkey has blocked Twitter – as well as Google's public DNS service, used to circumvent the block. It seems, however, that the Turkish government's plan to censor dissent has backfired.

22 March 2014

Six Women Held as Slaves in Southern Lebanon

Ivory Coast-based news site Koaci.com has uncovered the story of six women in southern Lebanon who were kept slavery-like conditions. Lebanese blogger Joey Ayoub draws attention to their plight.

21 March 2014

As Elections Approach, Denial Runs Deep for Turkey's Erdogan

The Bridge

Turkey's Prime Minister is calling for democratic elections in a democratic state. Meanwhile, media outlets are under attack, Twitter is blocked, and protester oppression is at an all-time high.

20 March 2014

The ‘Happy’ Videos of Middle East and North Africa

From Lebanon to Morocco, passing by Jordan, Israel, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunis, and Algeria, it seems like the MENA region is filled with people willing to just be...

Algerian Opposition TV Network Shuttered Ahead of Presidential Elections

Independent television network Al-Atlas TV, known for broadcasting Algerian opposition viewpoints without any restriction or censorship, was shut down by Algerian authorities on March 11.

19 March 2014

Three Years of the Syrian Revolution: “Our Dream Remains Alive”

The Bridge

Activist and blogger Marcell Shehwaro on preparations in her home city of Aleppo, and other parts of the country, to commemorate the third anniversary of the Syrian revolution.

17 March 2014

The Syrian Uprising through the Eyes of Syrian Women

As Syria marks the third anniversary of its revolution, Syria Untold talks to three women activists about the untold battle they face on the ground.

13 March 2014

Iran: Deceased Blogger's Mother Erased Out of News Photo

The European Union foreign policy chief caused furore in Iran when she met with human rights activists and a deceased blogger's mother at the Austrian Embassy in Tehran.

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