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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

10 April 2016

Egyptian President Sisi “Sells” Disputed Sanafir and Tiran Islands to Saudi Arabia

Lawyers have filed complaints against the move, saying Sisi's decision to give up the Red Sea islands of Sanafir and Tarin, without approval from Parliament, is "unconstitutional."

9 April 2016

‘They Call Me Haj Agha'—Gaming Iran's Revolution

Game designer Navid Khonsari tells the story of Iran's 1979 revolution in a game. "Making a game like this offers the opportunity to portray history...with shades of gray."

Meet Three Artists Painting the Streets of Kenya, South Africa and Tunisia

Artists Falko One, Wisetwo and Vajo are working to get Africa's graffiti community more visibility.

8 April 2016

Five Years After Revolution, Egyptians See #PanamaPapers as Further Vindication of Mubarak's Ouster

"Every day I become even prouder of taking part in the great January revolution that toppled a corrupt regime."

6 April 2016

Iran's Headscarf Laws Collide With the Women of Air France

Air France's women have demanded the right to work the Paris-Tehran route, if headscarves are required, and the Facebook community “My Stealthy Freedom” is supporting their protest with a new...

5 April 2016

As Deportations Begin, Portuguese Continue Speaking Out Against European Union-Turkey Deal

"It's time to stop this! We should make the difference for these innocent people."

Bahrain's Formula 1 Grand Prix Ends in Tragedy: Teen Killed in Police Arrest

Behind the fireworks, shiny racing cars and celebrations of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain, 17-year-old Ali Abdul Ghani was gasping for his last breath.

3 April 2016

#IamSyrian, a Campaign to Make Every Syrian Proud

Moustafa Jacob, a Syrian artist, used the Oscars to kick off his campaign #IamSyrian. Little did he know that this initiative would snowball to showcase international solidarity with Syrians.

7 TidBits from the Bahrain Grand Prix Formula One Race You May Have Missed

Bahrain hosted the Grand Prix Formula One race today. Here are some of the pictures posted by race champions about their experience in the country.

A Young Yemeni Man Wants You to Know How War Changed His Life

"My message to the Saudi coalition: Please stop killing. We have kids. We are human beings like you. This is not a game."

2 April 2016

An Iraqi Translator for the US Military Is Now Stuck in Greece

The European Union is preparing to send thousands of asylum seekers back to Turkey. One of them is a man who worked with the US military in Iraq.

1 April 2016

Mob Destroys Parked Cars During Iranian Man's ‘Schindler's List’ Movie Night

"A few moments later we realized the noises we thought were part of the film were coming from outside the building."

#NewPalmyra Crowdsources the Majestic History That ISIS Destroyed in Syria

In less than a year, Palmyra lost many of its archaeological monuments. A project founded by jailed Syrian activist Bassel Khartabil wants to restore the ancient city with 3D models.

29 March 2016

EgyptAir Hijacking Drama Ends; All Passengers Released

"We can finally celebrate the first Arab Muslim hijacker who is not declared a terrorist but a psychologically unstable person. :) #EgyptAir," tweets Patrick Baz.

‘There is No Shame in Fear': Confronting Surveillance in Post-Revolution Egypt

Global Voices Advocacy

"...as so many unjust things become normalized in our daily lives, the act of spreading information and informing others – however difficult – becomes an ever-more vital part of activism."

Mass Child Abuse Scandal Rocks Turkish Pro-Government Foundation in Turkey

"In a case of 45 alleged child rapes, only a single person is being charged. This is statistically impossible. #ChildAbusersProtectedInTurkey."

Despite Claims of Tortured Baha'i Inmates, Iran Takes No Action

The Baha’i community is one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran. Their faith is not recognized by the Islamic Republic’s constitution, and the community's members face severe discrimination.

EgyptAir Plane on Route to Cairo Hijacked and Diverted to Cyprus

A lone hijacker has reportedly hijacked Egypt Air flight MS181, forcing the flight to be diverted to Larnaca Airport in Cyprus after claiming he was wearing an explosive belt.

25 March 2016

The Days of Self-Contained Extremism are Over

The Bridge

"The more deaths in Turkey's Kurdish areas, the greater the chance of attacks in Ankara or Istanbul. As violence grows in the Middle East, the more vulnerable Europe's cities become."

#Justice4Morocco: Human Rights Defenders’ Trial Postponed Again

Global Voices Advocacy

Among those charged is Hicham Khribchi aka Hisham Almiraat, a medical doctor and long-time member of the Global Voices community.

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