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· August, 2014

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from August, 2014

30 August 2014

Mexican Cartoonist Compares James Foley's Execution with Presidential Interview

As Bombs Go Silent, Testimonies Mount That Israeli Soldiers Used Gazans as Human Shields

Accusation made by Palestinians, several NGOs, and the United Nations against Israel for its use of Palestinian civilians as human shields.

Bahraini Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Denied Entry to Her Country, Goes On Hunger Strike

Bahraini human rights activists Maryam Al-Khawaja was denied entry to Bahrain upon her arrival at the airport. Now in detention, she has started a hunger strike.

13 Photos by an Exiled Iranian Photojournalist of People Caught in Conflict in the Middle East

Maryam Ashrafi's portfolio spans Iran, Iraq, Turkey and France. Global Voices interviewed her about her work.

Between Bombs and Rebuilding in Gaza, Palestinian Activists are Fighting for the Environment

What is it like to be a climate activist in Palestine living under occupation? We speak to a West Bank-based environmental activist.

29 August 2014

Three Years After the Arab Spring, Tunisian and Egyptian Musicians Continue to Fight Censorship

Hind started the TeMa Rebelle Festival to bring together young socially conscious musicians from the Arab world with their European counterparts so that they would meet and collaborate.

28 August 2014

From a “Gaza Stripper” in Texas to Chinese Migrants in Egypt, Kim Badawi Photographs Intercultural Encounters

In this interview, photographer Kim Badawi discusses his work on cultural encounters, and on the role of social media when mainstream news fails to report stories that matter to communities.

Powerful Video Shows a Syrian Toddler's ‘Rebirth’ From Under the Rubble of a Bombed Building

A barrel bomb destroyed little Ghina's home and killed her mother. She survived, despite being buried in rubble herself.

Shame and Outrage in Algeria After Cameroon Footballer Albert Ebossé Is Killed by an Object Tossed from the Stands

"No desire to resume the league after the death of #Ebosse! #Disgusted. Our lives are worth more than this rubbish."

27 August 2014

Why Activists Sent 128 Tomatoes to Every Single Member of Lebanon's Parliament

Fearing that lawmakers will once again extend their term without elections, Lebanese are saying #NotoExtension in protests on and offline.

Cameroonian Striker Albert Ebossé's Death in Algeria Raises Questions About Stadium Security

The footballing world is in a state of shock following the death of 24-year-old Ebossé, killed by a projectile thrown from the stands after a match.

Ceasefire Reached in Gaza After 50 Days of War and Catastrophic Damage

Seventy-two percent of the 2137 Palestinians killed in this offensive were civilians. One-third of Gaza's population has been made homeless.

26 August 2014

Iran's Grand Ayatollah: 3G Internet Is Immoral

Scholars and Experts Are Urging the German Government to Rethink Its Unconditional Support of Israel

Due to several anti-Semitic outbursts from some protesters, reporting on Gaza in Germany over the past few weeks has been overshadowed by a debate on anti-Semitism.

25 August 2014

Experts Say Technical Issues Are Behind Egypt's Power Outages, but the Prime Minister Blames the Muslim Brotherhood

Egyptians suffer from daily hours-long blackouts while government officials make contradicting statements regarding the cause.

Eerie Similarities in Deaths Provoked by Police Brutality in Staten Island and Paris

24 August 2014

Education Is Syria's ‘Chance for Change’

Chance4Change aims to fund 15 schools in areas free of regime control in order to secure their curriculum and ensure they remain independent. Find out how you can help.

‘We Are All Numb': Gazan Woman Recalls Israeli Attack That Made Dozens of Her Neighbours Homeless

"Within the minute we heard two huge bombs. We were all in shock. My brother went to check and immediately came back downstairs to announce that it's completely gone."

Neighbours Tweet the Terrifying Moment Israeli Forces Destroy a 12-Storey Gaza City Apartment Tower

Twenty-two civilians, including 11 children, were injured. Israel used its infamous 'knock on roof' method to warn residents.

23 August 2014

Over 300 Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants Condemn Israel's ‘Massacre of Palestinians in Gaza’

Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities or depriving people of electricity and water, say Jewish survivors, their descendants and victims of the Nazi genocide.

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