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· June, 2014

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from June, 2014

30 June 2014

Two Killed as Egypt's Government Fails to Notice Militant Group's Blatant Bombing Warning Online

Egyptian police came under fire after failing to act on a terror threat posted online, with the location of today's bomb explosions, which killed two officers.

27 June 2014

Beyond the World Cup Headlines: Iran's Lacking Team Spirit, but Brazil's Favelas Have Plenty

You have to know more than just football to understand the World Cup. Deji Olukotun gives a play-by-play of the important free expression and human rights issues.

In Syria We Have All Become Killers

The Bridge

What do you feel when the security checkpoint where your mother was killed is destroyed in a bombing?

Are Turkey and NetClean Partnering to Stop Child Abuse or Curtail Internet Freedoms?

Turkey's reported partnership with NetClean, a big Swedish cyber-security company, is worrying Turkish Internet users that the worst in Ankara's battles with the web is still to come.

Singing and Dancing in a YouTube Video to Cheer On the National Football Team Can Get You Arrested in Iran

"Goal Iran" includes clips of Iranians in more than a dozen countries singing and dancing. Iranian police call it "vulgar."

Revenge from the “Disgrace of Gijón” as Algeria and Germany Face Up Again at the World Cup

26 June 2014

Propaganda Wars: Russian Twitter Account Takes on American “Progress” in Iraq

RuNet Echo

Someone writing in Russian has issued the latest Internet challenge to the US government, launching a Twitter account parodying Washington's "counter-propaganda" feed about events in Ukraine.

23 June 2014

Australian Shock and Outrage at Egyptian Sentencing of Al Jazeera Journalists

Journalists have led the way on social media in expressing Australians' shock over the prison sentences for the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt.

Debunking Rumors that Algerian Fans Burned Down a Church in Lyon, France after World Cup Win

21 June 2014

ISIS Advances in Iraq Echoed in Bahrain

Bahrain government spokesman Sameera Rajab takes to Twitter to describe the ISIS advances in Iraq as a "revolution against the injustice and oppression."

Syrian Man Turns Artillery into Art

Douma, Syria-based artist Akram Abu al-Fawz turns missile and rocket shells into art objects and ornaments.

Iran's Internet Under Hassan Rouhani: Hope and Disillusionment as Narenji Bloggers Face Prison Sentence

Global Voices Advocacy

What explains the recent moves to tighten controls within Iran’s cyberspace alongside Rouhani’s liberal Internet ethos? Mahsa Alimardani and Fred Petrossian explain in this exclusive #longread for GVA.

14 June 2014

Social Media Sites Unblocked in Iraq, But is the Worst Yet to Come?

"Apparently blockage of social media sites were removed now in #Iraq, the fear is that the Gov is getting ready 2 cut the Internet," tweets Mohamed Najem.

13 June 2014

Why Some Minorities in France Vote for the Far-Right Political Party Front National

Front National has a hardline position on immigration, but people of non-French origin did vote for the party. Some said they were concerned about the country's declining economy.

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are Blocked in Iraq

Global Voices Advocacy

Local media and at least one ISP are reporting that the Ministry of Communications ordered Internet providers to shut down Google and social media sites, fearing security risks.

10 June 2014

Islamic Militants Seize Control of Mosul, Second Largest Iraqi City

Iraq's second largest city Mosul fell into the hands of Islamist militants today (June 10). Reports say the militants are from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

A Doctor Remembers His Days in Prison With Iran's Unjustly Persecuted Baha’is

The Baha'i Yaran - five men and two women - are serving 20 years in prison, the longest sentence of any prisoner of conscience in Iran.

9 June 2014

Are You Enraged by Turkey's Coal Problem? You Should Be.

The recent explosion at a coal mine in Western Turkey was a particularly tragic and rage inducing reminder that climate disasters in fact represent a profound lack of social justice.

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