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· October, 2013

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from October, 2013

22 October 2013

The Crowd in the Machine

The Bridge

How we create images of crowds affects our understanding of them.

20 October 2013

#FreeBoussa: Moroccan Netizens Protest Teen Trial over Public Kiss

Three teenagers have been arrested in Morocco. Their crime? The first two were arrested for kissing in public, and the third for photographing them.

No Man's Land: Kidnapping Journalists Worsens in Syria

Activists are campaigning for the release of Syrian media activist Rami Al Razzouk, 25, who was kidnapped on October 1 after negotiations with his kidnappers reached a deadlock.

Morocco Censors the Web: Collateral Damage Allowed

A number of websites, among them popular social media platforms Instagram and Pinterest, have been blocked in Morocco. Also, one of the main independent media outlets, Lakome, has been censored.

19 October 2013

Artists Search for Eid in Syria's War

Syria’s rising talents and distinct voices share their views on Eid Al Adha - a festivity difficult to celebrate among the rubble and dead bodies.

Dandin.me: Encompassing the Emerging Talent in the Middle East

Saudi Prisoners’ Visits Cancelled, Family Members Arrested

Relatives of Saudi prisoners were not only denied visits during the Eid Al Adha holidays, but were also arrested when they staged a sit-in to see their loved ones.

The Raqqa Woman who Faced the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria

School teacher Suad Nofal, from Raqaa, Syria, will not abandon her country in its hour of need. Syria Untold has her story.

17 October 2013

Happy Ending This Time for Iran's Nuclear Crisis ?

Iranians on Twitter wonder if the latest talks with world powers will be good news for Iran.

16 October 2013

On Blog Action Day, Thousands of Blogs on Human Rights

Bloggers around the world, including Global Voices contributors, are highlighting this year's #BAD13 topic: human rights.

13 October 2013

Mashrou’ Leila Is Back on Stage to #OccupyArabPop

Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila is taking the Arab world by storm. Ahmed Medien looks at how the band is using social media to reach out to audiences.

Saudis Celebrate Four Years of ACPRA, Their Defiant Human Rights Organization

The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) marks its fourth anniversary today. Saudi netizens celebrate its achievements.

Syria: Banksy’s Crude Politics

Anonymous British graffiti artist Banksy released a video satirizing the Syrian civil war, entitled “Rebel Rocket Attack," leaving Syrians and keen watchers of the conflict confused and disappointed.

12 October 2013

Documentary Libido Challenges Egyptians to Talk About Sex

Libido is a short documentary discussing sexuality in Egypt. Following the internet sensation, Global Voices Online's Ahmed Awadalla probes further and talks to the filmmaker Youssef Alimam.

Nobel Peace Prize Fails to Pacify

Assad for Nobel Peace Prize 2014? This is one of many reactions after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was named as this year's Nobel Peace Prize...

Protests in Iraq Crowdvoiced

8 October 2013

#IranJeans: Yes We Do Wear Jeans, Mr. Netanyahu

The joke's on the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for saying that Iranians are not free to wear jeans.

Saudi Women Driving – “A Western Demand”

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