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· August, 2018

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from August, 2018

28 August 2018

Syrian refugees in Lebanon continue to play the resettlement waiting game

After five months of waiting, Abu Adel finally received a call: 'Apologies for the delay, but France did not accept your file.' The family is still under consideration for resettlement.

15 August 2018

The ongoing water crisis in Iran's Ahwaz region looming towards disaster

"Why don’t the authorities listen to our voices? Our Buffaloes are dying because of the river drying up. [...] If these animals are starved, we will starve too."

13 August 2018

Lebanon ramps up interrogations of online activists

Advox

“You cannot bring us up with a mentality of freedom and then try to oppress us.”

9 August 2018

Four women icons of the Syrian revolution

The Bridge

One perished in a Syrian prison, two died in exile, the other is still missing. The personal histories of these four Syrian women challenge us to not to forget.

6 August 2018

Iran’s telecommunications company illegally rerouted Telegram app traffic

Advox

In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.

5 August 2018

After years of silence and denial, Assad regime issues death certificates to ‘disappeared’ prisoners

Since July 2018, the government has been updating its civil registry records wherein 'disappeared' prisoners are now listed as dead.

3 August 2018

Killing speech softly: How the world’s biggest tech companies are quietly censoring critical expression in the Middle East

Advox

The failures of tech giants in moderating content in the region is a big and complex problem.

1 August 2018

Death of a 12-year-old boy lays bare the plight of Iran's Ahwazi minority

Meysam's suicide is the latest to afflict the Ahwazi Arab community, a minority population who live in Iran's oil-rich south who face hardship and discrimination by the country's authorities.

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