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· December, 2013

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from December, 2013

16 December 2013

Saudi Arabia Passes Criticized “Anti-Terrorism Law”

Calling for political reform in Saudi Arabia is now considered terrorism, according to a new law which came into effect today.

15 December 2013

With No Easy Access to Medicine, Iranians Suffer Sanctions

Even after the lifting of some sanctions, Iranians still have difficulty acquiring the medicines they need to thrive or survive.

It Snowed in Egypt but the Snow-Covered Sphinx Photograph is a Hoax

This photograph of the Sphinx in Giza, Cairo, has gone viral, after Egypt's biggest snow storm in more than 100 years. There is one problem though - it isn't real.

Never Argue with Egyptian Graffiti

Saudi Political Dissident to Be Flogged, Judge Rules

Saudi human rights activist Umar al-Saed has been sentenced to four years in prison and 300 lashes for his peaceful activism, in a secret trial.

12 December 2013

Video: “Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution” in Syria

"Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" is a 15-minute documentary film about the war in Syria which starts with a bang and ends with hope

Syrian Cartoonist Akram Raslan Reportedly Killed by Regime

Uncertainty continues over the fate of Syrian cartoonist Akram Raslan, winner of the Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning for 2013, arrested in October 2012 by the Assad regime.

No to Syrian Chemical Weapons Dismantled in Albania

Reports surfaced that Syria's chemical weapons stash would be destroyed in Albania. The Albanian government had refused the proposal, after angered Albanians took to the streets in protest.

Israel/Palestine: “We Want Peace”

11 December 2013

Syria's Homs: Once a Great City, Now a Winter Wasteland

Saudi Airlines Still has Manual Levers for Plane Seats

No Electricity in Gaza

Non-Violent Activist Razan Zaitouneh and her Team Kidnapped in Syria

Four activists, among them internationally acclaimed non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh, from Syria's Violations Documentation Center (VDC) were kidnapped by unidentified masked gunmen, sparking a call for their immediate release.

Appeal to Free Spanish Journalist and Photographer Kidnapped in Syria

Appeals continue for the release of journalist Javier Espinosa and freelance photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, both Spanish, kidnapped in Syria by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq.

10 December 2013

“Digital Hooligans” from Iran Attack Messi's Facebook

Iranians posted a flood of nasty comments on the Facebook page of the Argentinian footballer ahead of the World Cup.

8 December 2013

Syria's Desolate Winter Just Got $100,347 Times Warmer

More than $100,000 was raised in the “Shave a Mustache, Keep a Syrian Child Warm” virtual campaign. Find out how you too can help Syrian children warm this winter.

Infinite Detention Legalized in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia just approved a law which allows judges to detain people indefinitely in a country where activists claim up to 30,000 people are held without trial.

6 December 2013

#GVMeetup: Global Voices in Real Life

GV Face

In this episode of GV Face we are joined by an all-star panel made up of #GVMeetup facilitators from Egypt, Pakistan, and Portugal.

4 December 2013

Seditious iPhone Reviews? Iran Arrests 7 from Tech News Site

In a recent wave of arrests of "cyber activists" in Kermin, Iran authorities have also netted gadget reviewers from Narenji.ir.

Traffickers Force Smuggled Refugees to Rape Each Other in Sinai

About 30,000 people have been trafficked to Sinai, Egypt, over the last five years. Cairo-based journalist Bel Trew tweets from a Press conference on the matter, to shed light on...

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