Stories about Middle East & North Africa from July, 2014
The Death and Gloom of Donetsk and Gaza
How did RuNet users react to the twin events of July 17, the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17, and the beginning of Israel’s ground assault into the Gaza Strip?
Fear, Love and Iran's Favorite Internet Enemy (it's Facebook)
On July 13, eight young Iranians were dealt long prison sentences for their activities on Facebook. Activists both in and outside the country know little more about the case.
‘Syria Is With You, Gaza’
From poets to activists from the heart of Aleppo, where the bombs keep falling, shows of Syrian-Palestinian solidarity are constant. Syria Untold has the story.
Bahrain's Foreign Minister Seems to Have Forgotten His Country's Ill Treatment of Journalists
Khalid Alkhalifa took a dig at NBC after it pulled Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza for "doing his journalistic duty." Twitter users quickly reminded Alkhalifa of Bahrain's own shoddy record.
Day of Horror in Gaza as Israel Bombs Residential Neighbourhood, Death Toll Crosses 450
Day 13 - Confirmed - 437 Palestinians killed.
Anti-Semitism Burning Bright in Turkey After Israeli Attacks on Gaza (and the Government is Fanning the Flames)
Turkish prime minister Recep Erdoğan has never been Israel's biggest fan. Against the background of the Israeli bombardment of Gaza, pro-government spokespersons and media outlets are ratcheting up anti-semitism.
Twitter Users Call the NY Times Out On Shifting Coverage of Israeli Bombing On Gazan Children
"Joan of Arc drawn to stake, and into center of large fire." Find out how this relates to the Press coverage of the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
The World Stands With Palestine: Protests On Every Continent
Protests have sprung up in numerous cities around the world to support Palestine and call for an end to the ongoing attacks. Here are photographs from some.
4 Photos of Street Art by the ‘Iranian Banksy’ That Speak Volumes About Life Today in Iran
The work of the anonymous Black Hand has gone viral on social media. The graffiti offers timely commentary on events in Gaza and issues in Iran, such as women's rights.
Palestinians are Friends with Journalists
Marcelino Torrecilla N. has started a series in Spanish called Stories from Gaza. The first installment by this United Arabe Emirates based Colombian was published on El Tiempo of Bogotá and tells a story of two Gulf News journalists in Abu Dhabi. Taking pictures in the Gulf is challenging and...
Jews and Arabs in Chile, Home to One of the Largest Palestinian Communities, Call for Peace in Israel and Gaza
Palestinian and Jewish communities have called on each other to speak out against human rights abuses, while politicians are urging the government to take its condemnation of Israeli shelling further.
It's Raining Fire in Gaza: Israel Starts Ground Invasion
Palestinians say it is raining fire in Gaza, after Israel started ground operations into the besieged enclave tonight.
Israel Begins Ground Operations in Gaza
Israeli forces have begun to enter Gaza, after 10 days of shelling that has killed more than 200 Palestinians. The escalation comes after Hamas rejected a truce brokered by Egypt.
Need a Primer on What's Happening in Israel and Gaza Right Now? These 5 Videos Can Help
AJ+, Al Jazeera's new online news channel, offers a series of short explainer videos on the conflict between Israel and Gaza, which has killed nearly 200 Palestinians so far.
Palestinian Drones Fly on Israel
Palestinian Al Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, unveiled three models of unmanned drones today, which it said it flew into Israeli skies. Journalist Dima Khatib tweets: Al Qassam Brigades say they made 3 models of Ababil drones: A1A, A1B, A1C. Pic v @QudsN of A1B during a mission pic.twitter.com/sTfW0bVS98 —...
These 7 Cases Prove That Online Activism is Under Siege in Saudi Arabia
Learn about Gulf Center for Human Rights efforts to raise awareness about online activists facing harassment and legal challenges in Saudi Arabia.
If I Were A Dictator, I Would Consider You My Enemy
Marcell Shehwaro adds her voice to #Douma4, the campaign to free leading Syrian human rights activists and opposition figures kidnapped in Douma by Islamist militants.
Turkish Law Professor Says Transparency Unaccepted in Politics in Turkey
Today's Zaman interviewed İştar Gözaydın, a professor of law and politics at Doğuş University in İstanbul, who has alslo done extensive academic research on Turkish law, society, politics, and is one of the founders of the human rights organization the Helsinki Citizens Association. In the interview, Gözaydın claims, among other...
A Summer Reading List from Global Voices French-Language Contributors
Need some summer reading material? Here's a reading list of mostly Francophone authors recommended by the GV community.
Nobody Should Be a Number: Names of Those Killed in Gaza
More than 100 Palestinians, many of whom were women and children, were killed since Israel launched Operation Defense Edge against Gaza last week At +972, Michael Omer-Man lists their names in this post entitled “Nobody should be a number: Names of those killed in Gaza.” No Israelis have been killed...
Beyond the World Cup Headlines: Tears in Brazil, Tear Gas in Bahrain and Tragedy in Qatar
You have to know more than just football to understand the World Cup. Deji Olukotun gives a play-by-play of the important free expression and human rights issues.