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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

10 February 2017

Travel Blogger Faces Eight Years in Azerbaijan Prison Over Nagorno-Karabakh Visits and Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

One blogger, three passports and the intricate international relations of the Caucasus region. This gets pretty complicated.

Is Tunisia Rolling Back Freedom of Information?

Global Voices Advocacy

In 2016, Tunisia introduced a law on access to information, but its implementation by the government remains limited.

9 February 2017

Iranians Make ‘Love’ Between Iran and America Go Viral with #LoveBeyondFlags

In order to counter the hateful rhetoric between their governments, Iranians make #LoveBeyondFlag, in gratitude towards American protesters who stood against Trump's travel ban go viral.

8 February 2017

Fighting the Good Fight: Immigration Advocates Challenge Trump's Executive Order

The Bridge

In airports and law offices around the United States, legal advocates and grassroots activists have found common ground in the fight against President Trump's Executive Order on Immigration.

In Iran, From Prison to Banishment for Posting Jokes on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

After completing a five-year prison sentence for Facebook posts about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into internal exile in southern Iran.

Meet the ‘Jewish National Fund’ and Its Role in Israel and Palestine

To the wider public, the practices of the “Jewish National Fund” aren't well-known. But you can't understand Israel's colonization of Palestinian land without knowing the JNF.

Protesters Say Jordanian Law Encourages ‘Honour Killings’ and Must Be Changed

"There are women that are being killed without doing anything wrong, and people are using this law to justify the killing these women."

7 February 2017

Dispatch Beirut ‘Restores’ Damaged or Neglected Parts of the City With Legos

"Our goal is not erase our memories of war but to give hope to not give up on a country that has suffered so much."

‘Why Are We Still Doing This?': Iraq Shuts Down Internet to Prevent Exam Cheating—Again

Global Voices Advocacy

Internet outages to prevent exam cheating have now become common in Iraq.

3 February 2017

After Waiting More Than a Year, Jordanian Journalist Appears Before UAE Court

Global Voices Advocacy

Journalist Tayseer Al-Najjar is on trial in the UAE over 2014 Facebook posts deemed offensive to the Emirati state.

2 February 2017

Netizen Report: Egyptian NGOs Face Rampant Phishing Attacks, Researchers Say

Global Voices Advocacy

US border agents demand social media data from travelers, Venezuela arrests Bitcoin users attempting to get around currency devaluation, and Myanmar advocates push back on 'Big Brother' law.

Lebanon Forces Syrian Families to Decide Between Homelessness and Child Labor

Despite all the risks, many Syrian families see no choice, other than to flee their homeland for Lebanon and subject their children to labor abroad.

31 January 2017

Algerian Blogger Merzoug Touati Could Face 25 Years in Jail for Interviewing an Israeli Official on YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

The interview focuses on Algerian government accusations that foreign powers stoked protests against austerity measures in the country. Blogger Merzoug Touati is charged with "exchanging intelligence with a foreign power."

30 January 2017

More Than a Hundred Iranians, Many of Them Legal Residents, Face Challenges Entering the US

A crowdsourced database started by an Iranian MIT professor offers a snapshot of the impact of Trump's ban on Iranian nationals.

Protests, Deportations and Uncertainty: Iranians Ensnared by Trump's Immigration Ban

"My timeline is full of stories of people impacted by #Trump’s order. They are in shock & can’t believe it."

29 January 2017

For Jordan's LGBT Community, the Law Books and Reality Send Different Messages

The Bridge

Same-sex relations were decriminalized in Jordan in 1951, but nearly 70 years later the country's LGBT citizens remain the targets of discrimination and mistreatment, with little protection from the law.

28 January 2017

Passenger Says Anti-Arab Racism, Not ‘Fake Bomb Threat’ Led to Madrid-Berlin Flight's Cancellation

The eyewitness told Global Voices that a German-speaking passenger on the Iberia flight called a fellow Lebanese passenger, who was sending text messages in Arabic, a "terrorist."

24 January 2017

The Tyrants Bring the Invaders: What Follows After Russia Helps Secure Assad's Victory

The Bridge

Russian’s bombing campaign in Syria has helped put an end to Aleppo’s civil democratic experiment, once a beacon of hope. What next?

23 January 2017

Hardliners Pressuring Iran's President Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

Global Voices Advocacy

“This (the internet) isn’t freedom. It’s the worst kind of bondage. Polluted anti-religious networks are functioning in this country because the organizations in charge are not doing their jobs.”

22 January 2017

Worried About Its Future, This Former East German City Recruited Syrian Refugees

In Golzow, the population had shrunk so much that authorities were considering closing the village's only elementary school. That's when the town mayor invited Syrian refugee families to move in.

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