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· July, 2011

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from July, 2011

Iran: Plight of seven detained netizens

Jordan: Photos and Audio of July 15 Protest

Egypt: Building a Nation in a Square

Tunisia: Police Brutally Disperse Peaceful Protesters

Tunisian police brutally dispersed protesters outside the headquarters of the Cabinet yesterday (July 15). The protesters were calling for reform and were planning to launch a third sit-in at Kasbah...

Morocco: A Personal Tale of Protest

The Moroccan pro-democracy movement known as February 20, struggles to communicate with the public amid a government-led campaign to discredit it. The movement primarily uses the Internet to explain its...

Russia-Middle East: Comparing the Fall of the Wall and the Arab Spring

Iran: A blogger was sentenced to 17 months in prison

Tunisia: Campaign to Free Government Critic Samir Feriani

A group of Tunisian bloggers and activists have launched a campaign to free Samir Feriani, a former senior official in Tunisia's Interior Ministry who has been detained since May, 29,...

Macedonia, Tunisia, Egypt: Comparing Experiences

Tunisia: Registration for Elections Start, Technical Snags Reported

Tunisians started registering on electoral lists yesterday (July 11, 2011) to cast their votes on October 23 to elect a constituent assembly, which will write their country's new constitution. However,...

Videos: Tortillas, Chapatis, Bread and More Around the World

Most cultures accompany their meals with a grain based product; bread, flatbreads and steamed buns are part of people's meals in many places of the world. Today we visit artisans...

Syria: Bloggers Rally for Anas Maarawi

Anas Maarawi is the latest Syrian blogger to have been imprisoned. He was detained on Friday July 1, 2011, in his neighborhood of Kafarsouseh in Damascus, and nothing has been...

Egypt: Why July 8?

Egyptians are back in full force in Tahrir Square, the epicenter of their revolution, once again today. But why are they still demonstrating now that their revolution is over, Mubarak...

Iran: A Blogger's life in danger

Bahrain: Regime and Opposition Begin National Dialogue

Since the Bahrain protests of February 14, 2011, the idea of opening a dialogue between the opposition and regime has been discussed on and off. On Saturday July 2, the...

Macedonia: Views from Abroad on Protests Against Police Violence

Filip Stojanovski writes about how the ongoing protests against police brutality in Macedonia are viewed from abroad.

Syria: Did Man Film Himself Getting Shot by Sniper?

The citizen video posted by user syria7ra on YouTube has both press and netizens wondering about the authenticity of the images, where it seems that a citizen journalist who was...

Iran: Satellite dishes confiscated

Morocco: Protests Over Reform Continue

On Friday Morocco voted in a Constitutional referendum proposed by King Mohammed VI. Official results show an overwhelming support to the reform. Bloggers have been denouncing widespread irregularities.

Morocco: Reform With the Taste of an Unfinished Business

Throughout the referendum process, the Moroccan blogosphere was divided over the issue of reform. The heated debate shaking the Moroccan society was reflected in social networks. Some are willing to...

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