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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

10 March 2017

Jaysh Al-Islam Is Leading Peace Talks in Geneva, While Clamping Down on Speech in Syria's Eastern Ghouta

The group controlling the region has shut down a magazine and five well-known civil society organisations, according to activists.

8 March 2017

Egypt's Revolution: Between Lost Hopes and Growing Apathy

The Bridge

"I have always dodged casual conversations about the Egyptian revolution from people who know little about it, fearing that words would fail me."

Palestinians Mourn ‘Intellectual-Activist’ Killed in Gun Battle With Israeli Forces

"Why is his people absent? Who was those that were supposed to protect him? Who was supposed to hide him?"

7 March 2017

Small Hands and Big Burden for Child Workers in Syria's Idlib

“War is merciless. Many women and children have been burdened with supporting families that have lost the main breadwinner. They have no choice but to work."

3 March 2017

Two Syrian Activists Explain Their Experiences Being Imprisoned by ISIS in Al Bab

"The days passed, and I never expected to come back here, the place from where I entered humiliated...I never expected to get out of here."

2 March 2017

Netizen Report: Social Media Users Arrested for Political Speech in Myanmar, Palestine, Turkey

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

Walking on Death Along the Iraqi Border

Abdus-Sattar, Mahmud and Suad each had their reasons for fleeing ISIS. Here are their stories.

1 March 2017

Tunisian Government Pledges to Loosen Restriction on Civil Servants Speaking to Media

Global Voices Advocacy

The government suspended guidelines that forbid civil servants from speaking to the press without permission from their superiors.

27 February 2017

Palestinian Journalist Describes Days of Torture, Mysterious Injections by Palestinian Intelligence

Global Voices Advocacy

“Open a funeral house for me, you will hear about my death soon.”

Iran's Ahmadinejad, Whose 2009 Reelection Was Mired in Fraud Allegations, Gives Trump Advice

"We need to seek equality and brotherhood among nations and respect nations’ rights, as well as avoid arrogance and efforts toward domineering others."

24 February 2017

As Border Wall Looms Over Mexico, a Closer Look at Israel’s Internationally Condemned Wall

"Netanyahu's support for Trump and the wall shows in all its meanness how low the Israeli prime minister has reached. Shameful."

Why Benjamin Netanyahu Can't Fly Over Indonesia

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-dominated nation, doesn't have a formal diplomatic relationship with Israel. That's bad news for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's flight crew.

Benjamin Netanyahu's Historic Visit to Australia Gets Mixed Reactions

"Mr Netanyahu’s policies consistently aim to provoke, intimidate and oppress the Palestinian population which increase that imbalance, thus taking Israel irretrievably further from peace..."

23 February 2017

Erdogan's Purges Arrive in Angola

Critics say Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engineered a police crackdown in Angola on an international private school.

Visit by France's Marine Le Pen Leaves Many Lebanese Unimpressed

Marine Le Pen was granted the honor of a State Visit in Lebanon. Here's how she spent it.

21 February 2017

Privacy Is Hard to Protect in Tunisia, Thanks to Politics

Global Voices Advocacy

Almost six years after the regime's ousting, and despite having a constitution that grants all citizens the right to privacy, Tunisia's privacy law still do not meet international standards.

Unsurprisingly, Saudi Arabia's Politicians and Media Love Trump's Tough Talk on Iran

Some, however, warned that escalating tensions could end badly: "We live in the same region with Iran, any war on Iran means we all going to be devastated".

18 February 2017

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Global Voices Advocacy

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

Uproar After a Syrian Judge Says Taking a Second Wife Could Fix ‘Spinsterhood’

"[The decreasing number of men] exacerbates the problem and negatively affects young women and families, given the social norms that stigmatize unmarried women, divorcees, or even widows."

17 February 2017

Divisions and Danger Loom Ahead of Turkey's Upcoming Referendum

On social media, hundreds of "No" Facebook pages have popped up, with humour deployed in the face of strident state propaganda.

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