Stories about Middle East & North Africa
10 November 2015
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
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.
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
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'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
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?
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
"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."
"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.”
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
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...
Japan and Iran seem to have common techniques for keeping cozy during the winter seasons.
27 October 2015
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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.