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· March, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from March, 2015

18 March 2015

Nineteen People Killed in Museum Attack in Tunisia

At least 19 people, among them 17 foreigners, were killed when gunmen attacked the National Bardo Museum, in downtown Tunis. Tunisians took to the streets to protest against terrorism.

In Caracas I Found Tehran

The Bridge

Against the backdrop of the rapprochement between their two countries, Iranians and Venezuelans find friendship and common ground—and love too.

New Iranian Bank Note Replaces Nuclear Symbols with University Gates

At the moment, the Iranian government is in negotiations over its nuclear program with the P5+1 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

17 March 2015

Israel’s Elections: ‘It’s Us or Them’, ‘Anyone but Bibi’ and Everything in Between

Israelis head to the polls today. While major candidates for prime minister are still making game-changing announcements, a significant portion of voters are still undecided.

16 March 2015

Israeli Bloggers Ask: Why is Gaza Not an Issue in the Upcoming Israeli Elections?

Bloggers at Israeli-Palestinian online magazine +972 are wondering why Gaza is not on the agenda of any of the major political parties as Israel gears up for general elections on...

Human Rights Watch Website Temporarily Blocked at Egypt the Future Conference

Advox

A block on Human Rights Watch website was lifted at an economic conference in Egypt after a journalist raised the alarm on Twitter.

15 March 2015

For Nepali Migrant Workers, the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar Is a Game of Death

"FIFA: DROP QATAR!! Nepal's slaves are dying like flies!" Over a third of the migrants building the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are Nepalis. Their story is harrowing.

Bahrain Court Postpones Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab's Case to April 15

14 March 2015

Bahrain's Leading Human Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Faces Prison for ISIS Tweets

Advox

As life grows increasingly intolerable for the country's Shia majority, one of the few people prepared to defend their rights faces jail.

First #AskHamas Session Ends With ‘Some Interesting Results’

Hamas is holding a five-day Twitter session hashtagged #AskHamas. While most Western media outlets focused on the backlash the campaign generated, little attention has been paid on Hamas’ answers.

Bahraini Human Rights Defender Awaits Sentence

13 March 2015

Watch John Lubbock's ‘Istanbul: The Politics of Architecture’

John Lubbock shares with Global Voices his newly made documentary on contested heritage and cultural legacies in Turkey's largest city.

12 March 2015

How One Lebanese NGO is Helping Syrian Refugees

The 'Lebanese for Refugees' NGO is attempting to alleviate the suffering of Syrians living in Lebanon's refugee camps. Joey Ayoub takes a closer look to find out how

11 March 2015

A Dialogue About Communication — Not Political Change — in Iran

Advox

Iran Internet experts gather to talk about how Iranians can easily access information communication technologies that connect Iranians to each other, and to the rest of the world.

Iran's Foreign Minister Responds to Letter from Republican Senators

10 March 2015

The Houthi and Hadi Confrontation is Taking Yemen to a Dangerous Place

The Bridge

Hadi is building a rival power center in the south against the Houthis, a ten-thousand strong tribal militia that forcefully occupied Yemen's capital Sana’a on January 20.

9 March 2015

When You Don't Want to Listen to Netanyahu, You Write a Computer Script to Do It for You

The Bridge

Tarek Amr analyzes the words that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used most often in his speech to America's Congress. Top word? "The". Second place? "Iran".

7 March 2015

Outrage as ISIS Destroys Ancient Assyrian City

The looting and destruction of the ancient city of Nimrud by the radical group ISIS has been called a "war crime" by UNESCO.

4 March 2015

Netanyahu's Speech to Congress Was Polarizing, to Say the Least

In the United States, and elsewhere, reactions to the speech by many public figures and ordinary Internet users were unusually negative.

3 March 2015

Gazan Doctor Aims to Rebuild Strip's Only School for Disabled Children

A Gazan doctor teams up with human rights activist to rebuild Gaza's only school for disabled children.