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· June, 2017

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from June, 2017

28 June 2017

Caught Between Saudi Coalition and Houthi Rebels, Yemeni Journalists Face Challenges on All Sides

Global Voices Advocacy

Press freedom in Yemen is facing "eradication".

26 June 2017

Iran's Revolution In Waiting

The Bridge

Without the active presence of justice in all its forms, it will remain impossible for any Iranian government to achieve coexistence among all of the country’s ethnic nations.

The Rise of the Hirak Protest Movement in Morocco

Six years after the Arab Spring, Riffian protesters are leading the way in expressing popular grievances in Morocco.

24 June 2017

Meet the Saudi Woman Who Ignited a Firestorm When She Got Behind the Wheel

Challenging prohibitions on driving in Saudi Arabia is no easy task.

23 June 2017

Netizen Report: Arrest and Web Censorship Spark Online Protests in Palestine

Global Voices Advocacy

Activists expose Mexico's multi-million dollar surveillance market, spy tech threatens Chinese jaywalkers and Twitter suspends Venezuelan state supporters.

ISIS Attempts to Exploit Balkan War Wounds With Localized Propaganda

The region has a painful legacy of war that has divided people along ethnic and religious lines.

22 June 2017

Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The centrist administration of President Hassan Rouhani has been publicly criticized by Iran's hardline political factions for refusing to censor some of Telegram’s features.

21 June 2017

As Deadline to Leave Saudi Arabia Nears, Ethiopian Workers Trapped Between Two Bad Choices

"It is horrifying that most Ethiopians have not shown an interest in returning home despite risk of violence."

Angered by Online Censorship, Palestinians Say #NoToBlocking

Global Voices Advocacy

Blocked websites are known for their criticism of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

19 June 2017

Five Years on, Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi's Family Repeats Call for His Release

Global Voices Advocacy

Miriam was a four-year-old the last time she saw her father: "I try to remember you. Your voice, your hugs, but I can’t."

18 June 2017

Palestinian Authority Once Again Censors Websites of Rivals and Critics

Global Voices Advocacy

The blocked websites have been critical of the Palestinian Authority and its president Mahmoud Abbas.

17 June 2017

Protests Break Out Across Idlib Against Syria's Al Qaeda Branch

"The Syrian revolution ongoing to topple every tyrant"

16 June 2017

Ditching the Egyptian Islands: Between Cash, Legitimacy, and Public Outrage

Going against popular opinion, Sisi is transferring the ownership of two Egyptian Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, and Egyptians are fighting back.

15 June 2017

#FreeNassar: Palestinian Authority Arrests a Student Over a Facebook Post

Global Voices Advocacy

Nassar Jaradat criticized a Palestinian official who stated that the Western Wall should “remain under Israeli sovereignty".

14 June 2017

After Campaigning on Internet Freedom, Iranian President's ICT Minister Boasts of Internet Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi announced that Rouhani had effectively improved methods to control the Internet space as well as shut down a number of platforms.

13 June 2017

Mirror Websites Are Helping Turkish Users Reconnect to Wikipedia

Global Voices Advocacy

While the platform remains blocked, multiple "mirror" websites -- sites designed to reproduce the content of Wikipedia, which is constantly being updated -- have sprung up.

12 June 2017

One Palestinian Man’s Mission to Make Urban Agriculture More Sustainable

Meet Said Salim Abu Naser, a proponent of sustainable agriculture living and working in Gaza City, Palestine, along the Mediterranean Coast.

11 June 2017

Palestinian Man Documents the Perils of Living Under Occupation on Snapchat

"In all honestly, I pity the Israeli forces more than I despise them."

A Physicist Who Always Dreamed of Working in the US Says It’s No Longer the ‘Global Center of Science’

His family zigzagged the globe in pursuit, and defense, of science. Now, he's worried about the future of science in the US.

10 June 2017

How Palestinians Marked 50 Years of Israeli Occupation

"#Occupationis not being able to visit your relatives who live 10 minutes away...without permission from your occupiers."

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