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· June, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from June, 2015

20 June 2015

#SaudiCables: What We've Learned So Far About Lebanon

The #SaudiCables on Lebanon reveal widespread corruption, bribes and repeated moral bankruptcy.

Iran Features Heavily in the Latest WikiLeaks From Saudi Arabia

"#SaudiCables show overwhelming obsession of #SaudiArabia with regards to #Iran and Shiism."

WikiLeaks to Publish 500,000 Leaked Documents the Saudi Government Doesn't Want its Citizens to See

The Saudi government is not pleased and has reached out to its citizens to ignore the cache, waving it off as the malicious work of "enemies of the nation."

19 June 2015

Bahraini Political Prisoner Ibrahim Sharif Released after “Completing his Sentence”

In a surprise move, Bahrain released politician Ibrahim Sharif, jailed in March 2011, following massive anti-government protests. Is Bahrain moving towards actual reform?

16 June 2015

Jailed Cartoonist Atena Faraghdani's Lawyer is Arrested for Shaking Her Hand

Stuxnet-Like Digital Attack on Iran Nuclear Talks May Have Come from Israel, Security Researchers Say

Multiple research groups verified that the virus used in the attack appears to be an offshoot of the espionage software called Duqu, which security experts linked to the Israeli government.

15 June 2015

Human Rights Activist Begins Hunger Strike for Migrants in Front of Macedonian Parliament

In Turkey, in Search of a More People-Sensitive Gentrification

"They have taken away yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, red, and turned them into brown and white. They have destroyed Sulukule."

Former TV Producer Mostafa Azizi Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison in Iran

Advox

Azizi, who had left for Canada, was arrested when he returned to be near his ailing father. He was convicted of “assembly and collusion against national security,” among other charges.

Yemen's Heritage, a Victim of War

Yemen's age old heritage is being pounded into rubble as Saudi-led airstrikes which have killed more than 2,500 people continue. Will the world now take notice?

13 June 2015

Palestinian Hunger-Striker Khader Adnan Struggles for Freedom

Palestinian hunger striker Khader Adnan has entered his 40th day of hunger strike after nearly a year in an Israeli jail in the occupied West Bank.

12 June 2015

Francophone Africa Is the New Land of Opportunity for the French Media Industry

The French media market is stagnant, but some see the African continent as the place to re-boot growth in the sector.

11 June 2015

What Do Global Voices Contributors Think of Turkey's General Election Results?

"Many people, including non-Muslims, Kurds, and women have entered the parliament, which signals the chance for a more respectful, hardworking and equal politics."

8 June 2015

International ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ on Its Way to Break the Gaza Siege

The Freedom Flotilla III will join an increasingly long list of boats that have attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Will it succeed this time?

Iran Increases Internet Surveillance Ahead of Parliamentary Elections

Israel Says A-WA — ‘Yes!’ — to Singing Yemenite Sisters

Not so long ago, Jews from Arabic countries living in Israel — called Mizrahim — were seen as second class. But now, "it's cool to be Mizrahi."

7 June 2015

Gezi's Legacy? Biggest Party Humbled in Turkey's Game-Changing General Election

If a new coalition government is not formed in 45 days, fresh elections will be called.

4 June 2015

‘Writing Code Is Not a Crime': Jailed Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour Turns 40

Advox

"It is not justice to keep a talented software engineer in jail just because the software he developed was used by others for reasons deemed illegal by the Iranian government."

Israel Launches Multiple Airstrikes in Gaza

Three blasts were heard across Gaza as Israel launched airstrikes in response to rockets launched by a Hamas rival, ISIS-linked Omar Brigades. How has the ceasefire held since last summer?

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