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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

10 June 2016

Iranian Singer Habib Mohebian Memorialized on Social Media

"Even after an artist passes on, his art lives on..."

For One Syrian Refugee, the Boat Crossing to Greece ‘Seemed Like an Endless Journey’

The Bridge

"The idea of a safe trip...was just a lie that we used to comfort ourselves. I knew that all of them were liars, getting rich in the trade of humans."

9 June 2016

The Difficulty and Uncertainty of Life in Turkey as a Syrian Refugee

The Bridge

"Employers discriminated against us. I met people who were forced to do hard labor for little money. They lived like robots. I didn’t want that."

8 June 2016

One Palestinian-Syrian Man's Agonizing Decision to Leave His Home Behind

The Bridge

"It was very hard to decide if I wanted to leave this country without coming back again...Even if it’s dangerous, it is my country. I like this country."

Surrounded by Rubble, This Flower Seller's Dreams Are on Hold in Syria

"I wish that when the war is over I can return to pursue my dreams."

7 June 2016

A Glimpse Into the First African Bloggers and Vloggers’ Festival in Dakar, Senegal

For two days, 36 of the best bloggers and vloggers in Africa, along with selected players on the African digital scene, presented their talents and know-how.

The Champ in Photos: Muhammad Ali’s 1993 Trip to Iran

"I am one of literally billions of people affected by the life and actions of Muhammad Ali."

3 June 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: Unsung Heroes

This week, we head to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan, Myanmar, Brazil and Syria.

31 May 2016

Turkey's President and the ‘Treason’ of Family Planning

He is done with abortion, now its birth control and population planning. Next in line: how many times a night we can have sex, God willing.

28 May 2016

Some Moroccans Are Tired of Getting the Hollywood Treatment

Moroccan cities and desert locales have served as stand-ins for many movies set in other Middle East countries. Some in Morocco would like their country to play itself more often.

24 May 2016

A Novel About the ‘Anonymous People Who Every Day Live, Love, Resist and Struggle’ for Syria

"We hear little of those who resist, construct and reconstruct, in an increasingly difficult context," says activist, journalist, and Global Voices author Leila Nachawati Rego about her new novel.

23 May 2016

The Iranian State Versus Kim Kardashian

The story is so absurd that it seems funny, at first glance. But the Iranian state's problems with Kim Kardashian are no laughing matter.

22 May 2016

He'd Never Seen Jukeboxes Before Immigrating to the US. Now He's a Master at Repairing Them.

Magdi Hanna grew up in Egypt, but when he moved to the United States, he found a calling fixing the decades-old musical machines.

19 May 2016

Netizen Report: Two of Egypt’s Leading Human Rights Defenders Face Legal Challenge

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media is back on in Uganda, but off in Iraq; a new tool helps Russians make friends (and target victims); and @Verdade reveals that Mozambique is conducting mass surveillance.

12 May 2016

Latin America and the Middle East Take One Step Closer to Each Other on the Dance Floor

"Just like we always dreamed, music will bring people together and give us a chance at world peace."

11 May 2016

Iranians Lip-Sync Their Love for Music Maestro Mohammed-Reza Shajarian in Tribute Video

"Shajarian, voice of the people of Iran: #Maestro_we_love_you #Shajarian"

Meet Two Sahrawi Activist Filmmakers Who Dare to Document Human Rights Abuses

Rising Voices

“I am always in danger, even when I am not filming,” said Mariem Zafri, Sahrawi media activist about the risks she takes in her video advocacy work.

10 May 2016

What Next for Turkey After Erdogan Power Play?

Turkey's course is still unfathomable, but there are few doubts as to who is steering the ship.

9 May 2016

Syrian Activists Raise the Alarm Over a Possible Massacre in Hama Prison

Activists are raising the alarm over the fate of more than 800 inmates, mostly political prisoners, held in Hama central prison after they staged a mutiny to demand their rights.

Iranian Blogger Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki Freed on Bail

"With every departure there is a return. Even when weak and ill we must stand and smile. We must go on..." writes Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki.

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