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· August, 2014

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from August, 2014

22 August 2014

Iranian Photojournalist Arrested Alongside Washington Post Reporter Is Released

Iranian Minister Says Government ‘Never Promised’ to End Web Censorship

Advox

ICT Minister Vaezi's words contradict President Hassan Rouhani's pledge to lift bans on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Advocates Petition UN for Action on Jailed Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah

Advox

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Media Legal Defence Initiative asked the UN to intervene immediately in the case of Abd El Fattah, who began a hunger strike this week.

Indian Broadcaster NDTV's Report on Gaza Rocket Launch Becomes Fodder for Propaganda

NDTV journalists caught militants assembling a rocket in Gaza on camera, but the story has been "distorted by the twin forces of internet virality and the Israel-Palestinian spin machine."

Why Bahrain's Largest Opposition Bloc Wants People to Have More Babies

Al Wefaq says native Bahrainis could become a minority. Bahrain's Sunni Muslim monarchy has been accused of naturalising foreigners to prop up their own rule of the Shia Muslim-majority country.

21 August 2014

One Year Ago Today, Assad Attacked Al Ghouta with Chemical Weapons

The Bridge

If only today, writes Hiba Dlewati, let us spare a thought for the nearly 1,000 Syrians who were gassed to death by the Assad regime.

Iran's Hardliners Impeach Moderate Minister Over 2009 Green Movement Protests

Minister of Science, Research and Technology Reza Faraji-Dana was blasted by conservative members of parliament for allowing university students who were expelled because of the protests to return to school.

20 August 2014

Another Ceasefire Collapses in Gaza, Death Toll Rises Above 2,000

Yet again, both Hamas and Israel exchanged blame for the failure of the so-called peace talks.

“I Don’t Love You Death, But I’m Not Afraid of You”: Palestinian Resistance Poet Samih Al-Qasim Loses Battle to Cancer

Given his importance, it seems only fitting that upon hearing news of his death, Palestinians immediately took to social media to mourn their “resistance poet.”

The Egyptian Government Asks the U.S. to “Show Restraint in Ferguson” and Twitter Users Respond With This Brilliant Hashtag

Through the sarcastic hash tag #EgyPoliceTipsToUS, Twitter users are advising US police on how to respond to protestors in Ferguson, Missouri.

How ISIS Came to Leave Its Black Stain on Syria

The Bridge

If Syria bears responsibility for the rise of ISIS, the country has also borne the initial brunt of the group's aggressions, writes Marcell Shehwaro.

Not Human by Default: Humans of New York Takes on the Middle East

The Bridge

Responses to popular photo project Humans of New York's tour of the Middle East uncovers some unfortunate trends around perceptions of other cultures, writes Hiba Dlewati.

Prominent Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah Goes on Hunger Strike

Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah has entered an open-ended hunger strike until he is released from prison, his family said in a statement posted on Facebook today.

19 August 2014

ISIS Beheads Kidnapped Photojournalist James Wright Foley in Horrific Video Message to the US

A video allegedly showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley, missing in Syria for 636 days, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was released today.

Armed Egyptian Group Hilwan Brigades Blasts State Violence and Muslim Brotherhood's ‘Pacifism’ in YouTube Debut

It's been one year since security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters opposed to the ousting of Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, killing hundreds.

Abuse of Syrian Child on Video Sparks Outcry and Arrests

“Beat his face and head,” says a voice off-camera. “No,” pleads the boy, a nine-year-old Syrian refugee. The video has sparked intense public debate about discrimination against Syrians in Lebanon.

18 August 2014

Mother-Daughter Duo Walk the Sarajevo Red Carpet in Palestinian Flag Dresses

Sabina Šabić, executive producer of Sarajevo War Theater, stirred comments when she appeared with her daughter at the famed Sarajevo Film Festival in gowns made from the Palestinian flag.

17 August 2014

VIDEO: Is the IDF Glorifying Its Air Bombings of Gaza?

A Syrian in Brazil: An Interview With Global Voices Contributor Rami Alhames

From Syria to Brazil, from engineering to activism and finally Global Voices, Rami Alhames has an interesting story of his own to tell.

16 August 2014

Iran Vows to Block All “Unlicensed” Websites

Advox

On the day to recognize journalists, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced that all news websites must henceforth obtain a state license -- or face automatic censorship.

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