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· February, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from February, 2015

20 February 2015

Can Istanbul Be Saved from Overdevelopment?

Build, build, build. Turkey's largest city is under a redevelopment siege threatening the buildings and communities that are part of its fabric.

19 February 2015

#SaveSaman: A Final Effort to Save Iran's Saman Naseem from Execution

There has been an urgent call to action to stop the state execution of juvenile prisoner Saman Naseem, arrested at 17 years of age (now 22), for his membership in...

18 February 2015

Cyber Sex Did Not End Well For These Syrians Fighting Assad's Regime

Cyber sex is changing the war grounds in Syria as a Fireeye report reveals. Hackers have stolen 7.7 GB of opposition data via malware installed during chats on Skype.

2015 Presents an Opportunity for Free and Fair Elections in Africa

17 February 2015

Suffocating Sandstorms Hit Iran

Arseh Sevom speaks to environmental researcher Sam Khosravi to discuss the origin and solution of the sandstorms plaguing Iran.

For a Cleric From Saudi Arabia, Earth Does Not Spin. For Others, the Sun Rotates Around Earth

Saudi cleric Sheikh Bandar al-Khaibari is adamant the Earth does not rotate. How then, if the Earth rotates, and China rotates, would anyone get from Sharjah to China?

Bangladeshi Publisher Faces Death Threats Over Translation of Controversial Iranian Writer's Book

Riaz Khan pulled the Bangla translation of "23 Years: A Study of the Prophetic Career of Muhammad" after its publication sparked outrage from hardline religious groups, but the threats continue.

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Moroccan Forces Accused of Abusing Sub-Saharan Migrants

"There were six buses waiting for us, we were ordered to climb. Then we drove for several hours into the desert. We had no indication where we were going."

16 February 2015

Egypt Bombs ISIS Sites in Libya in Retaliation for the Beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts

"#ISIS will have hoped to provoke #Egypt airstrikes in #Libya - this fits perfectly its vision of escalating conflict & chaos in the region," tweets Doha-based Charles Lister.

Turkey Mourns a Female Student's Brutal Death

News of the horrific murder of a female student last week opened up the discussion about gender-based violence in Turkey, and public anger came steaming out.

Egypt in Mourning Over Brutal Execution of 21 Coptic Christians by ‘ISIS in Libya’

Egyptians mourn the loss of 21 Coptic Christians after Libyan branch of ISIS posts gruesome video of their beheading.

14 February 2015

Teddy Bears Face Off with Police as Bahrain Marks its Fourth Anniversary of Anti-Regime Protests

Copycat teddy bears soon popped up across villages in Bahrain, and were placed at barricades put up by the protesters to protect themselves from police attacks.

Tragedy in Chapel Hill: ‘If the Murderer Were Muslim the Story Would Have Been Different’

"We may not know all the details about the white shooter and Muslim victims, but we know how the media would cover it if roles were reversed."

13 February 2015

More Than 20 Zamalek Fans Die Trying to Enter a Football Game in Egypt

Egyptians took to social media to express outrage at the death of Zamalek football fans in front of the Air Defense Stadium entrance. Here's how the story played out online.

Could Bahrain’s Student Movements Find a Solution for the Country’s Political Problems?

Bahrain Debate looked at alternative solutions for the political crisis in Bahrain. Mohamed Hassan takes a look at the student movement in Bahrain and the role it plays.

Yemen Marks 4th Year Revolution Anniversary Rallying Against Houthis

"Hundreds are marching today in #Yemen the same they were marching 4 years ago…Today, there are new players, but same demands remain ignored," tweets a journalist covering Yemen.

11 February 2015

#Douma_Exterminated as the World Turns Its Back on Horrific Attacks on Ghouta in Syria

Over five days, Assad forces killed about 143 civilians in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta province in Douma as the world watched in silence.

Latest ISIS Propaganda Video Features Some Curious Reporting by British Hostage John Cantlie

Cantlie takes viewers outdoors, where he points to drones hovering above, saying the "mujahideen really don't care how many eyes in the sky are looking down on them."