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· February, 2015

Stories about Middle East & North Africa from February, 2015

11 February 2015

Iran, Beyond The Headlines

The Bridge

It's the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, and six years since the 2009 Green Movement. Mahsa Alimardani reflects on her last visit to Iran in 2010.

10 February 2015

Who Killed the Zamalek Football Fans in Egypt if it Wasn't the Police?

Photographs shared by netizens on social media show the police shooting at the spectators, who were crowded behind metal barricades.

Palestine Remembers ISIS Captive Kayla Mueller Killed in Raqqa

Mueller was in Palestine from August to September 2010, where she “worked with Palestinians nonviolently resisting the confiscation and demolitions of their homes and lands.”

Turkey Cites National Security as it Cranks Up Internet Controls

Advox

Courts offer citizens occasional protection from Ankara's vicious war on freedom of expression and privacy, so government is looking for laws that bypass them.

9 February 2015

Bahrain Shuts Down Al Arab TV, Saying it Does Not Have “Necessary Permits” to Operate

Bahrain today officially announced the suspension of Al Arab satellite channel, which went off air hours it was launched, nine days ago. Netizens lament free speech in the country.

GV Face: Protests are Banned in Houthi-run Yemen

GV Face

Yemen is in political limbo, without a president and government, since the Houthi militias took over government institutions and the presidential palace in capital city Sanaa.

Girl Draws Map of Palestine Using Israeli Bullets Collected from Around her Home

This photograph of a Palestinian girl is making the rounds on social media. Reports say the girl collected the bullets, she used to draw Palestine's map, from around her home.

7 February 2015

‘Hate Is Not What Humans Should Do': Slain Journalist Kenji Goto's Words Live On Online

The Japanese journalist, who was executed by ISIS in January, logged his heart-wrenching and thought-provoking observations about conflict in the Middle East and Africa on his website and Twitter account.

Yemen's Political Limbo Continues with Al Houthi's ‘Unconstitutional’ Declaration

While there were celebratory fireworks after the declaration there were opposing demonstrations elsewhere. Yemen braces itself for yet another period of uncertainty.

5 February 2015

Activists Demand Release of Palestinian Activist Abdallah Abu Rahme

He was arrested in 2012 while at a protest in support of Palestinian detainees and prisoners for standing in front of bulldozers bringing concrete to be used as road blocks.

4 February 2015

World Leaders Mourn Saudi Oil Monarch as ‘Strong Advocate for Women’

World leaders expressed their condolences following the death of Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Some even went as far as calling him a "strong advocate for women."

Who Do We Lose With Internet Censorship and Control?

The Bridge

"Through Internet censorship and control we lose an ability to be our own secret human – the one we are when nobody is around."

Sinai Residents Pushed Out of Their Homes, as Egyptian Forces Fight “Terrorism”

The State of Sinai, a militant group previously called Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis (ABM) before announcing its allegiance to ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attacks, which left over 25 dead.

3 February 2015

Horrified by ISIS Execution Video, Jordanians Remember Fallen Pilot With Pride

The brutal nature of the highly-produced execution video was shocking to many, but some refused to let ISIS propaganda cast a shadow on the fallen hero's memory.

The World Mourns Brave Japanese Journalist Kenji Goto, Beheaded by ISIS

The world refuses to remember Kenji Goto for what ISIS had done to him. Instead, many celebrate him for his bravery and compassion for those in conflict zones.

Questions About Australian Media Freedom After Egypt Releases Peter Greste

2 February 2015

Global Voices’ Joey Ayoub: ‘Providing the Context Is Key in Trying to Convey Empathy’ With Gaza

"It takes so much more effort to understand the injustice when context is not easily accessible. And it takes even more effort to try to fight this system from within"

Iranian Newspaper Shut Down Over ‘I Am Charlie’ Cover Featuring George Clooney

The Iranian press has ping ponged between condemning the violence in Paris to attacking officials and each other for their response to the attacks.

Local Iranian Humane Society Wants to End Animal Dissection Tournaments

The society's request to put a stop to the tournament went ignored, however. Animal rights efforts are only just beginning to be noticed by mainstream Iranian news.

1 February 2015

Argentine Investigator’s Mysterious Death Revives Questions About 1994 Bombing

According to police, Nisman committed suicide just a few hours before he was supposed to present his case against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, whom Nisman accused conspiring with Iran.

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