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· November, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from November, 2015

30 November 2015

Death in Diyarbakır: Shooting of Human Rights Lawyer Deepens Turkey's Political Strife

"We have lost a very important lawyer who gave all his life to peace and the human rights struggle. Please get to know him better and do not forget him."

Sahand Sahebdivani: ‘The Main Thing That Storytelling Does Is It Makes You Human’

In the second part of this interview, Sahand Sahebdivani delves deeper into cultural encounters through stories and the way technology can bring us closer: ‘We’re constantly bombarded by people’s stories’.

29 November 2015

Kyrgyzstan Torn Between Russia and Turkey Over Plane Spat

As the Moscow-Ankara standoff continues, the small countries in the pair's respective spheres of influence have tough choices to make.

26 November 2015

Iran's Supreme Leader Tweets Commentary on Global Conflicts, Blaming the US

"[Supreme] Leader in meeting with Russian president: America always try to put rivals in status of passiveness but you neutralized this policy."

25 November 2015

Iranian Cartoonist Who Drew Sadness of Paris Attacks Jailed

It's not the first time Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari has been a target for arrest.

Welcome to the #StandwithRussia Movement

RuNet Echo

Russian Internet users are getting quite inventive about conveying to Turkey how they feel about an attack on a Sukhoi Su-24 jet earlier this week.

23 November 2015

One Woman's Poem for Syrian Refugees—Including Her Cousin, Who Died Crossing the Mediterranean

“If I can create an empathetic bridge for them, through the poem, that that will create a really powerful success story.”

Amsterdam’s Sahand Sahebdivani and His Storytelling Phenomenon

In this two-part conversation with Global Voices, Sahand Sahebdivani talks about cultural encounters, female heroes in Persian mythology, the power of storytelling, and the idea of hybrids of cultural exchange.

21 November 2015

Death Could Not Stop His Drive to Help Syria's Refugees

After dental student Deah Barakat was shot to death, his friends and family in the US made his dream of a dental clinic for Syrian refugees happen.

On Covering the Paris Attacks, and Other Thoughts on Journalism

The Bridge

"Landing in Paris a day after the attacks with 24 hours to tell a story. Go where? Talk to whom?" An Iranian journalist reflects on his craft and its context.

20 November 2015

Five Top Tweets: Iranians Ridicule Censorship on the ‘Filternet’

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian Internet users hurled sarcasm, profanity and snark at the country's "filternet" after recent blocking of the Telegram messaging app.

19 November 2015

Global Voices Community: We Stand With Hisham

Global Voices Advocacy

As long-time friend and community member Hisham Almiraat faces trial in Morocco this week, the Global Voices community pays tribute to a man of unquestionable character, talent and amazing kindness.

18 November 2015

Global Voices Community Stands With Moroccan Free Expression Advocates

Global Voices Advocacy

The Global Voices community demands justice for seven free expression advocates who are facing trial in Morocco on charges of “threatening the internal security of the State.”

17 November 2015

GV Face: On Beirut and Paris, Why Some Tragedies Grab the World's Attention and Others Don't

GV Face

In this episode, we talk about race, the politics of death and the unequal reactions to tragedies around the world.

After Blasts That Killed 43 People, Lebanon Asks: ‘What About Us?’

Tragedy hit both Beirut and Paris, with bombings claimed by ISIS. While Parisians gets a "safety check" feature on Facebook, the Lebanese are asking why have they been left out.

When You're a Single Woman in the Emirates, but You Still Want a Child

“Even the married people, they don’t talk about adoption. I talk about it because I have a message for my society…[adoption] is the most important thing for society to accept.”

16 November 2015

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15 November 2015

Global Voices’ Hisham Almiraat Faces Trial in Morocco

Global Voices Advocacy

Hisham Almiraat, a long-time author and community leader at Global Voices will face trial in Morocco this week on charges of "threatening the internal security of the State."

14 November 2015

Activists in Turkey Try to Keep #SilvanUnderAttack in the Media After the Paris Attacks

'Our magnificent media, #ParisUnderAttack is unfortunately true, what about #SilvanUnderAttack?'

The Streets of Paris Are as Familiar to Me as the Streets of Beirut

The Bridge

"We do not get a "safe" button on Facebook. We do not get late night statements from the most powerful men and women alive and millions of online users..."

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