Stories about Middle East & North Africa from December, 2015
"You shut up. I skip all the scenes you are in anyway. You can't walk properly. You can't even throw the ring properly... indecent."
Conversations with literary masters in Istanbul lead Arash Azizi to ponder the cultural disconnect, especially in terms of literature, between the countries of the Middle East.
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Syrian film-maker Naji Jerf, 38, was shot dead in broad daylight in Gaziantep, Turkey, for uploading a video exposing ISIS crimes in Aleppo, Syria, on YouTube.
Latifa Ibn Ziaten talks to French students about her son's murderer. And why they shouldn't follow in his path.
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"Iran will one day shine in a way that the Iranian Ambassador will greet Iranian women and journalists without fear and with pride."
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Ahmad Mohamed Almossa, a member of Syrian citizen journalism collective Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), was assassinated by masked men in northern Syria, the group announced on Twitter.
In a country in the throes of war, celebrating Christmas can be an act of both profound naïvete and staunch resistance.
Twenty-one Saudi women won seats in municipal elections for the first time ever. Now Saudi women, banned from driving their own cars in the conservative kingdom, demand more.
The Republican debate became a forum for factual inaccuracies and demonizing Iran.
'Whose knife is in my heart and my sight? What country is my lonely body buried in?'
Yemeni blogger Noon Arabia visits a few of the camps where some of Jordan's 650,000 Syrian refugees are living under difficult circumstances.
It often comes as a surprise to those unfamiliar with the country that Iran experiences all four seasons, including a snowy winter.
Life is full steam ahead for this resettled Syrian family, but they worry their relatives, hoping to come to the US too, may not be allowed in anytime soon.
That often means Rami Jarrah is rushing to the aftermath of a bombing, as he did recently when he encountered a panicked father, frantically searching for his loved ones.