Stories about Middle East & North Africa from November, 2015
On French TV, Iran's President Plays Down Women's Facebook Protest Against Hijab
"...the law that made hijab mandatory in Iran is in part due to your own writings. You are responsible and now that you are in power you must be accountable."
Iran’s Minorities Use the Internet to Overcome Tensions
Iran’s ethnic minority communities are increasingly taking to the net to mobilise against racism and oppression
Meet Three Activists From North Africa Taking on Climate Change
In between the rising sea and encroaching desertification, North Africa finds itself in a precarious situation. Here is how three young activists are taking on climate change.
Russia's Most Popular Social Network Just Sent 20,000 Users a Private Message From the Government
Vkontakte says it merely geolocated all users with recent activity in Egypt, contacting them on behalf of the Russian government. There was “no additional targeting,” the website explains.
Impact Lesvos Is on a Mission to Help Refugees Arriving in Greece
Four young women are planning to make their way to Lesvos, Greece, to help refugees as they land in Europe. Find out why and how you can help.
Iran Has Departed From Quranic Punishments Before, Despite What Hardliners Say
Leading clerics have spoken in the past about the need for flexibility given modern necessities, but hardliners continue to use unyielding adherence to Quranic principles as a political tool.
Iran to Provide Universal Public Healthcare to Refugees
Iran's Afghan refugee population nears 1 million, with an additional estimated 1.4 to 2 million unregistered refugees living and working in the country.