Stories about Middle East & North Africa
2 May 2016
Aleppo is being "wiped off the map" as you read these lines. Hundreds have been killed in recent days as activists appeal to the world to pay attention to their...
1 May 2016
Shahram Rafizadeh is an Iranian poet living in exile outside Toronto. He still watches political events closely back home in Iran, and he’s holding out hope for change.
30 April 2016
While international diplomats met this week to determine the future of the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Western Sahara, demonstrators throughout the occupied territory are calling for self-determination and human rights.
Hundreds of Iraqi protestors stormed the Parliament building, in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, in protest against a deadlock in approving a new government today. A state of emergency was declared.
27 April 2016
'I wish the soul of the revolution was enough for me to be able to pardon them all, if only in the “court in my head”.
"By the grace of God, I was released from Evin Prison tonight after serving time. Thank you all for the kindness," Hadi Heidari wrote on Instagram.
26 April 2016
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22 April 2016
For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.
21 April 2016
"In Iran, you don’t need to go after the authorities to get into trouble. By merely following the common sense line and raising simple questions you could be targeted."
19 April 2016
16 April 2016
"The numbers are increasing to thousands and the roar is getting louder: “People demand to overthrow the regime."
15 April 2016
14 April 2016
From Heartwarming to Hilarious, 6 Things People Are Sharing About Iran and Persian Culture on Social Media
"...now I fight against those who want to drag Iran into regression. With the hopes for the day when we can all...have a higher tolerance for each other."
13 April 2016
“If children who suffer from violence are not given the assistance and support they need, they will be lost," says the World's Best Teacher Palestinian Hanan Al Hroub.
12 April 2016
11 April 2016
"His vision was of a democratic Syria that ensures the freedom of all its people. This was his charge. This was his crime."
Anti-censorship activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on hunger strike since March 26, and his health is deteriorating rapidly.
10 April 2016
Lawyers have filed complaints against the move, saying Sisi's decision to give up the Red Sea islands of Sanafir and Tarin, without approval from Parliament, is "unconstitutional."
9 April 2016
Game designer Navid Khonsari tells the story of Iran's 1979 revolution in a game. "Making a game like this offers the opportunity to portray history...with shades of gray."