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· February, 2014

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from February, 2014

11 February 2014

When Algeria's Police Fail to Act, Citizen Journalists Step in

After 21-year-old Babaousmail Azzedine was murdered in public and Algerian police failed to investigate, citizen journalists took matters into their own hands. Abdou Semmar reports.

9 February 2014

An Info-Activism Tool-Kit on Women's Rights Campaigning

Iran: Five Soldiers Abducted near Iran-Pakistan Border

Yemenis Demand an End to Corruption and Unfair Sales Deals

Yemenis are back on the streets demanding an end to what they claim are "unfair" liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales agreements, bleeding the country's resources.

“I Am Alive” App Allows Lebanese to Reassure Each Other After Explosions

The Lebanese seem to have gotten so used to bombs that an app dedicated to letting your loved ones know you're alive seems inevitable.

Campaign to Demand Saudi Nationality Gender Equality

A campaign aimed at enabling the children of Saudi women to be granted the Saudi nationality is currently underway, writes Osama Khalid

Five of the Most Celebrated French-Language African Films

Five of the most celebrated French-language African films (award-winning or not) that have left their mark on an entire generation of movie-watchers.

Will the End of the National Dialogue Bring Peace to Yemen?

After 10 months of negotiations, the National Dialogue Conference has ended. Yemenis are wondering if it will bring a real political change and an end to violence on the ground.

Campaigning for Women's Rights Made Easy

Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef is Back On Air

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef's satire show is back on air on MBC Masr, after it was taken off air by CBC last year.

5 February 2014

British Mother Yells at Syrian Officials: “Why Did You Kill My Son?”

Youth Orchestra ‘Jafraa’ a Bright Spot in War-Torn Syria

Shakespeare once said, "If music be the food of love, play on." But what if this "food" risks the player's life? Meet the young musicians of Jafraa orchestra in Homs.

4 February 2014

“The Square” Director Jehane Noujaim On Filming Egypt's Revolution

The Bridge

Oscar-nominated film "The Square" follows key activists during the Egyptian Revolution that overthrew Hosni Mubarak and saw the rise and fall of Mohamed Morsi. WITNESS talks to director Jehane Noujaim.

Four Months in Jail and Counting for Algerian Blogger Who Criticized President

24 years old, Abdelghani Aloui, Algerian Cyberactivist is incarcerated since the 25th of September 2013. His charge ? Posting on Facebook , photos and caricatures deemed offensive of Algeriant President...

Saudi King Outlaws Religious Groups

The Saudi monarch outlawed Saudis from fighting in other countries and belonging to religious and extremist groups. Netizens react to the new royal decree.

3 February 2014

Snow in Iran: 500,000 Without Electricity, Gas and Water

Endless snowfall in some of Iran's northernmost regions this weekend has left thousands of people without gas, electricity or water.

Human Rights Video: 2013 Year in Review