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· February, 2018

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from February, 2018

28 February 2018

“Stop Bombing Syria!” Berlin Protest Demands Immediate Ceasefire in Ghouta and Afrin

"We can no longer accept this inferno in Eastern Ghouta! We cannot remain silent about the murders of Turkey in Afrin!"

27 February 2018

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 19-25, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from the majority of the world's countries. Number 31 on the list? Macedonia. And number 191? Comoros.

24 February 2018

Saudi Arabia, a United Nations Human Rights Council Member, Continues Rights Crackdown

"The General Assembly is supposed to take into account the contribution of candidate States that seek membership to the HRC in the promotion and protection of human rights."

21 February 2018

Tunisian Security Forces Target Journalists Covering Anti-Austerity Protests

Advox

The press in Tunisia is "too free," Tunisian president Essebsi said at a joint press conference with French president Macron on 31 January.

20 February 2018

“Do Others Know We Exist?”: A Nurse's Testimony from Syria's Besieged Eastern Ghouta

The Bridge

"We were crying for Umm Muhammad, and because we were afraid. We wondered whether we were going to face the same fate, and whether our children would be rendered motherless."

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 12-18, 2018, our stories and translations attracted readers from 209 countries. Number 68 on the list? Honduras. And number 139? Somalia.

#ThemToo: Syrian Women Tell Stories of Rape in Regime Prisons

"Raped women are caught between the anvil of the regime and the hammer of society."

14 February 2018

The Pollution in Iran's Ahwaz Region Turns Deadly

The Bridge

The Ahwaz region of Iran produces 95 percent of the country's oil and gas wealth—at huge cost to the area's predominantly Arab population.

In Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Network Shutdowns Leave Civilians Unreachable — And Unable to Call for Help

Advox

Without telecommunication networks, residents of the North Sinai "cannot report injuries and they have limited access to emergency services.”

13 February 2018

‘We Want the World to Know': Activists Reporting on Occupation Face Legal Threats in Western Sahara

Advox

Local journalists and media activists reporting on the occupation and Moroccan abuses face legal obstacles and risk lengthy jail sentences in order to make their voices heard.

12 February 2018

ISIS Has Left the Syrian City of Raqqa, but Its Landmines Continue to Maim and Kill

"I sent one of my sons to check our home near the clock roundabout, but when he arrived, the landmines were waiting for him in front of the house's door".

What Were Global Voices’ Readers up to Last Week?

During the week of February 5-11, 2018, Global Voices' stories and translations attracted readers from 195 countries!

9 February 2018

‘The Educational System Has Failed Us': The Grief and Frustration of Jordan's Unemployed University Graduates

"I thought that once I graduated I would be able to...make a better living," one graduate said "I now make the same amount as I did as a student."

5 February 2018

Justice Deferred: Uproar After Turkish Court Releases, Re-Arrests Amnesty International's Taner Kilic

Advox

"The court changed its mind... Why? Who knows, no grounds provided. Devastating for the family and an affront to justice."

A Palestinian Cultural Space in Haifa Reclaims Authentic Artistic Voice

“An unfinished space invites people to contribute, to be at ease and to feel part of the place.”

1 February 2018

Lebanon's Scapegoating of Refugees Did Not Start With Syrians, but With Palestinians

"The deplorable living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon after 1990 are a direct consequence of their use as scapegoats for the country's civil war."

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