Stories about Middle East & North Africa from April, 2016
While international diplomats met this week to determine the future of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, demonstrators throughout the occupied territory are calling for self-determination and human rights.
Hundreds of Iraqi protestors stormed the Parliament building, in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, in protest against a deadlock in approving a new government today. A state of emergency was declared.
'I wish the soul of the revolution was enough for me to be able to pardon them all, if only in the “court in my head”.
"By the grace of God, I was released from Evin Prison tonight after serving time. Thank you all for the kindness," Hadi Heidari wrote on Instagram.
"To my cartooning colleagues around the world: let's keep watching and speaking out for Atena Farghadani."
“If there was a hope I would get asylum soon, I would have stayed. But there was no hope.”
For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.
"In Iran, you don’t need to go after the authorities to get into trouble. By merely following the common sense line and raising simple questions you could be targeted."
"The numbers are increasing to thousands and the roar is getting louder: “People demand to overthrow the regime."
"I look around and I am left with the reality of four ugly windowless walls and a never ending dream of freedom."
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"...now I fight against those who want to drag Iran into regression. With the hopes for the day when we can all...have a higher tolerance for each other."
“If children who suffer from violence are not given the assistance and support they need, they will be lost," says the World's Best Teacher Palestinian Hanan Al Hroub.
Relations between the two countries appear back on track after a winter of discontent. Or are they?
"His vision was of a democratic Syria that ensures the freedom of all its people. This was his charge. This was his crime."
Anti-censorship activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on hunger strike since March 26, and his health is deteriorating rapidly.
Lawyers have filed complaints against the move, saying Sisi's decision to give up the Red Sea islands of Sanafir and Tarin, without approval from Parliament, is "unconstitutional."
Game designer Navid Khonsari tells the story of Iran's 1979 revolution in a game. "Making a game like this offers the opportunity to portray history...with shades of gray."
Artists Falko One, Wisetwo and Vajo are working to get Africa's graffiti community more visibility.
"Every day I become even prouder of taking part in the great January revolution that toppled a corrupt regime."
Air France's women have demanded the right to work the Paris-Tehran route, if headscarves are required, and the Facebook community “My Stealthy Freedom” is supporting their protest with a new online campaign.
"It's time to stop this! We should make the difference for these innocent people."