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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

10 November 2015

Meet Three Activists From North Africa Taking on Climate Change

In between the rising sea and encroaching desertification, North Africa finds itself in a precarious situation. Here is how three young activists are taking on climate change.

8 November 2015

Russia's Most Popular Social Network Just Sent 20,000 Users a Private Message From the Government

RuNet Echo

Vkontakte says it merely geolocated all users with recent activity in Egypt, contacting them on behalf of the Russian government. There was “no additional targeting,” the website explains.

Impact Lesvos is on a Mission to Help Refugees Arriving in Greece

Four young women are planning to make their way to Lesvos, Greece, to help refugees as they land in Europe. Find out why and how you can help.

5 November 2015

Iran Has Departed From Quranic Punishments Before, Despite What Hardliners Say

Leading clerics have spoken in the past about the need for flexibility given modern necessities, but hardliners continue to use unyielding adherence to Quranic principles as a political tool.

3 November 2015

Iran to Provide Universal Public Healthcare to Refugees

Iran's Afghan refugee population nears 1 million, with an additional estimated 1.4 to 2 million unregistered refugees living and working in the country.

1 November 2015

Turkey's Repeat Election Returns a Majority For Governing Party

At the second time of asking Turkey's ruling party the AKP have recovered their treasured parliamentary majority. What will they do with it now?

Polls Closed After Turkey Votes in Second Crucial Election this Year

Turkey waits on the result of its second general election in the space of five months, with President Erdogan's AKP party desperate to reclaim a majority.

29 October 2015

A Tale of Two Presidents, an Audacious Kidnap Attempt and Misogyny in Turkish Football

"If we will die, we will die like a man, we will not live like a woman. Nobody has the power to make us live like a woman."

Iranian Student Held Without Charge, Pressured to Make False Confession

Global Voices Advocacy

"Judicial officials...should not arrest youths and pass heavy judgments against them every time they criticize. My son should be sitting in class and studying right now.”

Mainstream Media Comes Under Fire for ‘Biased’ Coverage of Shia Religious Event

Every year, millions of Shia mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain bin Ali, killed 1,300 years ago. Netizens hit back on how mainstream media get it wrong.

28 October 2015

GV Face From Gaza: Living and Blogging Under the Occupation

GV Face

In this episode we speak to Omar Ghraieb, a popular blogger and journalist based in Gaza. Omar talks about documenting life in the occupied strip and always managing to stay...

Kotatsu or Korsy? Is This Heating Method Japanese or Iranian?

Japan and Iran seem to have common techniques for keeping cozy during the winter seasons.

Defending Gaza Using Social Media's Double-Edged Sword

The Bridge

Palestinian social media power user Omar Ghraieb chronicles his journey through the minefield of social media.

27 October 2015

Free Alaa Campaign Takes Social Media by Storm on the First Anniversary of His Imprisonment

Global Voices Advocacy

Alaa Abd El Fattah has spent a year in prison for his activism. He has four more to serve. Netizens are making noise on his first year anniversary calling for...

26 October 2015

Drowning in Refuse, Lebanon's Capital Is Now Zigzagged by ‘Rivers of Garbage’

It rained in Lebanon and Beirut's rubbish, which has been pilling up alongside roads for months, turned the capital's roads into "rivers of garbage." Fears of a cholera epidemic don't...

20 October 2015

‘The World Needs Tunisia’

The Bridge

Journalist Guy Sitbon reacts to the Quartet of Tunisian National Dialogue's Nobel Peace Prize win. "Here is what Oslo has revealed to me: the world needs Tunisia too."

Bahrain Government Renews Crackdown on Religious Rituals

Security forces and youth clashed in Bahrain today as police attacked villages, forcefully removing banners placed on roadsides to commemorate Ashura. Several people were injured from buckshot fired at protesters.

19 October 2015

Iranians React to the New Iranian-American Twitter Chairman

Twitter announces it's new executive chairman to be an Iranian-American. We take a look at what Iranian news and social media have been saying in reaction.

18 October 2015

He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old

Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.

17 October 2015

ISIS Gunman Kills Five at Shia Mosque in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi gunman affiliated with ISIS opened fire at Shia worshippers in Saihat, killing five people. Netizens blame sectarian incitement against Shiites for the incident.

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