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· December, 2014

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from December, 2014

Protests, Blackouts, and a Bill of Rights for the Internet: Advox in 2014

In 2014, the Global Voices Advox team covered more stories than ever before. From Egypt to Ethiopia to Tajikistan to Turkey, our authors wrote what they saw on the ground,...

Despite Appearances, 3 Reasons for Madagascar, Algeria and France to Be Cheerful in 2015

It seems that things have not been ideal in Algeria, France and Madagascar, yet the Happy Planet Index ranked them quite high on their happiness list.

Tunisians Head to Polls to Elect a New President

Tunisians are heading to polls today to elect a new president. Political veteran Beji Caid Essebsi, aged 88, faces outgoing interim president Moncef Marzouki.

Global Voices Contributor Thalia Rahme, ‘a Mix of Everything’

Lebanese blogger and GV volunteer Thalia Rahme talks about what makes her, her city of Beirut and Global Voices unique.

Freedom of Speech is a Top Target in Erdogan's War on the ‘Parallel State’

In Turkey, 31 journalists and police officers are being charged with directing and founding and belonging to an armed terror organisation.

The Incredible Courage of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East

Women in Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Iran have faced prosecution, poor treatment, kidnappings and even death for daring to defend human rights.

Gezi's Echo and the Battle for Public Spaces in Turkey

On December 13, Istanbul hosted Turkey's first Radical Democracy Urban Encounter. The forum is likely to become a focal point for people wanting to reclaim Turkey's politicised public spaces.

Photo of Peshmerga Combatant Breastfeeding Her Child Captivates Kurdish Media

GV Face: Four Years After the Uprising, Where is Yemen Going?

Yemen's popular uprising in 2011 helped oust President Saleh after 33 years in power. How much have things really changed for the country's 25 million people?

Bahrain Comes to a Standstill for the King's Son to Cycle, Run and Swim

A burial service was delayed, airline travel was disrupted, doctors could not go to work and patients were left without care while the king's son swam, ran and cycled.

Turkey's Growing Corruption Problem Is Getting Harder to Hide

Transparency International has released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index. Turkey's five point decline in the index is the biggest of any country this year.

Syria's Women of Mazaya in Response to Arson Attack: “We Will Carry On”

"Raising awareness among women, who are the key element in building society in Syria is detrimental to the goals of these radical groups."

UAE Honours Naama Al Qassimi as Country's “First Teacher”

UAE's First Teacher Naama Al Qassimi Honoured

The Difference Between ISIS and Al Nusra Front

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