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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

Omani Film Critic Sentenced to Jail Over Facebook Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

"As long as there is a human being exploiting a human being, there are revolutionary dreams, and dreams make the future."

15 November 2016

Smog Engulfs Tehran—Again

Iran's capital is under its annual smog warning, and hardliners are claiming the failed Rouhani administration are slowly killing its citizens.

UN Chiefs Chat Trump, Climate Change, Migration, and Water with Global Voices

Work tackling some of the world's most pressing issues should continue, regardless of the new US president-elect's positions on them.

13 November 2016

Beirut Begins Destroying the City’s Last Public Beach

The people of Beirut were shocked this Saturday, when images of the city's last public beach, began circulating on social media, showing the site being destroyed by heavy construction equipment.

12 November 2016

Sleeping or Dead – Part 2: Aghiad's Blue Jacket

The Bridge

"He pulls the chain till we are hanging by our hands, toes barely touching the ground. You’re mid-way between sky and earth, presented as a sacrifice of blood."

10 November 2016

Possible Trump Cabinet Members’ Links to the MEK Cult Could Spell Trouble for Iran

The Bridge

A Donald Trump presidency and the closeness of some of the president-elect's key allies with the militant group MEK could mean a worrying shift in the US position on Iran.

Turkey Continues to Arrest Kurdish Politicians, Restrict Internet Use

Global Voices Advocacy

"What was done tonight is not only a coup but also an operation to separate the country!"

8 November 2016

‘We Will Not Surrender': Opposition Voices Rally to Support Turkey's Besieged Media

Global Voices Advocacy

Yet another independent media outlet in post-coup attempt Turkey is on the brink.

Sweden Joins International Effort to Recognize ‘World Kobane Day’

Several Swedish cities have joined the “World Kobane Day” movement in solidarity with the city that fought and defeated ISIS in 2015.

Melbourne Locals Welcome Syrian Refugees With Open Arms—and Butterflies

"Our butterflies are a reminder that even the smallest action can have a far-reaching effect."

7 November 2016

To Some Iranians Watching the US Elections, Democracy Really Seems Like a House of Cards

The Bridge

For some Iranians the 2016 US presidential elections has been shadowed by a demagoguery they know only too well from their own political sphere's struggles for democracy.

4 November 2016

Demystifying Social Media Censorship — in Arabic, Spanish and English

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media platforms have terms of use that restrict several types of content including nudity, hate speech, and violence. But these difficult-to-define rules are always subject to interpretation.

Iran’s Keywan Karimi: The Filmmaker as Graffiti Artist

The Bridge

Working under threat of imprisonment for practicing his craft, Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has turned the difficult conditions of artistic production into an aesthetic.

It Took 2.5 Years, But Lebanon Finally Has a President Again

After a 2.5-year power vacuum, Lebanon finally has a president again. But what does it mean?

Pro-Kurdish Party's Leaders Arrested in Turkey Amid Strengthening Crackdown

Selahattin Demirtas and Figen Yuksekdag were arrested as part of a counter-terrorism investigation, media reported.

3 November 2016

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu Says ‘No’ to Iran's Hijab Rule, and Social Media Rallies Behind Her

"Heena Sidhu pulls out of the Asian Airgun Championships in Iran because of a compulsory hijab rule. A ridiculous rule. And, a brave stance."

In Oman, Independent Media Suspended Until Further Notice

Global Voices Advocacy

Albalad is the second independent media to stop publishing of its own accord this year. Another newspaper, Alzamn, was suspended by the government last August.

‘My Life for Iran': The 4th Anniversary of Iranian Activist Sattar Beheshti's Death

Global Voices Advocacy

Sattar Beheshti has come to embody the spirit of resistance in Iran, in an ongoing struggle against freedom of expression and government repression.

Sleeping or Dead – Part 1: “Everything Screams Death”

The Bridge

"An electric current that would be enough to re-power my neighborhood...ran through my body." The first in a six-part series by Sarmad Al-Jilane about his experiences in a Syrian prison.

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