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· March, 2017

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from March, 2017

31 March 2017

Emirati Hardline Nationalists Target Human Rights Defenders on Twitter

Global Voices Advocacy

It is no longer unusual for governments to maintain a robust online presence. They understand well the power of the internet in forming public opinion and manipulating political discourse.

30 March 2017

Global Inequality in Your Pocket: How Cheap Smartphones and Lax Policies Leave Us Vulnerable to Hacking

Global Voices Advocacy

People who are poor, socially marginalized, and less tech-savvy bear the greatest risk of attacks via mobile phones.

28 March 2017

The UK Is Among the World's Largest Suppliers of Weapons—and Is Making Arms Boycotts Illegal

As one of the world's largest weapons dealers, the UK routinely sells to countries with abysmal human rights records. It is now seeking to outlaw boycotts on Israeli settlement products.

Iranians See Arrests and Intimidation of Telegram Administrators and Journalists Ahead of the Elections

Global Voices Advocacy

Revolutionary Guards have previously attempted to limit Telegram's free flow of information with arrests for immoral or obscene content. This is the first time crackdowns have focused on political affiliation.

27 March 2017

Young Iranian Faces Execution Over ‘Anti-Islamic’ Social Media Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"Sina's grandfather was a martyr of the eight-year war. Sina himself served two years. Sina has more rights to this country than most of these authorities."

26 March 2017

In a Greek Refugee Camp: A Volunteer's Notebook

The Bridge

"As volunteers, we’re treated as though we’re not part of the story.... But whether we like it or not, we are part of the narrative and influence it, significantly."

25 March 2017

What's Old Is New: Are You Listening? Podcast

We take you to Jamaica, Indonesia, Syria, Macedonia and Ethiopia for tales of remembering, revival and resurgence in this podcast.

24 March 2017

These Activists Helped Kurdish Families in Iraq Celebrate Newroz With Color and Resistance

A tradition of resistance inspired Kurdish activists in Iraqi Kurdistan to donate traditional clothes to those who can't afford it for the Kurdish New Year of Newroz.

23 March 2017

Activists Cry Foul as Lebanon Imposes a Tax Hike Right Before Postponing Elections, Again

As the Lebanese protest proposed increase in taxes, Global Voices asks a number of activists to explain what's at stake.

Meet Ara Malikian, the Cosmopolitan With a Violin

Global Voices interviews Ara Malikian, an Armenian violinist who grew up in Lebanon, about the influences that shaped his life and his music.

21 March 2017

UAE Authorities Arrest One Rights Activist and Extend the Detention of Another

Global Voices Advocacy

On 20 March police arrested human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor from his home. Meanwhile, UAE authorities have refused to release Osama al-Najjar, despite him having served out his prison sentence.

20 March 2017

‘Those Who Tortured Him [Should] Tell Us the Truth': Tunisian Commission Hears Net Freedom Testimonies From Dictatorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The Truth and Dignity Commission is investigating rights abuses committed during the dictatorship era, including internet freedom violations.

16 March 2017

UAE Court Sentences Jordanian Journalist Tayseer al-Najjar to Prison

Global Voices Advocacy

UAE authorities took issue with a Facebook post that Tayseer al-Najjar published before he had even moved to the country.

A Syrian Activist's Japanese-Language Message to the People of Japan

"Syria is witnessing a revolutionary call for freedom and dignity for its entire people." Will Japan help?

15 March 2017

Donald Trump Was Right: Iranians Do Play With Fire

The ancient Iranian festival of fire, known as Chaharshanbe Suri, proves that Donald Trump was absolutely right — albeit unwittingly — when he recently accused Iran of “playing with fire.”

14 March 2017

Syrian Civil Society in Douma Navigates a Tough Crackdown

Fundamentalist backlash to a magazine article has thrown civil society in Douma and Eastern Ghouta into turmoil, as activists and journalists struggle to get back to work.

12 March 2017

Reckless Diplomacy: Turkey-Netherlands #TulipCrisis Is Scary Viewing for Minorities in Europe

A rally, a crackdown and a diplomatic standoff that stands to benefit nationalist politicians in both countries, but almost no-one else.

Indonesians Gleefully Welcome Saudi King, But Activists Are Wary of Riyadh's Influence

"Saudi learns pluralism from Indonesia. We learn Wahhabism from Saudi. We're even," wrote a Twitter user during the visit.

10 March 2017

Jaysh Al-Islam Is Leading Peace Talks in Geneva, While Clamping Down on Speech in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The group controlling the region has shut down a magazine and five well-known civil society organisations, according to activists.

8 March 2017

Egypt's Revolution: Between Lost Hopes and Growing Apathy

The Bridge

"I have always dodged casual conversations about the Egyptian revolution from people who know little about it, fearing that words would fail me."

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