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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

17 March 2016

Moroccans Rally for Unity, While Sahrawis Push for Independence After Ban Ki-Moon’s ‘Occupied’ Remark

"When will you be relieved from your prolonged pain? Oh, my homeland. Peace be upon you"

A List of Hope: Is Electoral Politics All That’s Left for the Iranian Opposition?

The primary question, to vote or not to vote, sparked a lot of debate in the February 2016 Iranian elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts.

16 March 2016

In Iran, It's Norooz Tradition to Jump Over Fire for Good Luck

Chaharshanbe Suri or Red Wednesday is an evening of bonfire jumping and fireworks in Iran which marks the beginning of new year celebrations.

15 March 2016

#WhereisBassel: Imprisoned Syrian Technologist Is Still Missing

Global Voices Advocacy

Five months ago, Syrian web developer Bassel Khartabil disappeared from a Damascus prison, where he had spent four years since his 2012 arrest. Join supporters and ask: #WhereisBassel?

Syrians Mark Fifth Anniversary of Revolution with More Protests

More than a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed since the start of anti-regime protests five years ago. Despite the killing spree, protesters are back on the streets.

14 March 2016

Bahrain Arrests Activist Zainab Al Khawaja Along With Her One-Year-Old Baby

"#Bahrain seems to be tightening noose on dissidents, just don’t understand why one-year-old child is arrested."

13 March 2016

A Belgian University Puts Out a Welcome Mat for Refugees

Mohammed Salman, who is from Syria, is helping start up a program for refugees at the Free University of Brussels.

12 March 2016

Lebanese ‘You Stink’ Protesters Are Back on the Streets

Eight months after taking to the streets to protest against Lebanon's mounting rubbish problem, the issue is not solved. Protesters are back on the streets today.

11 March 2016

A Syrian Asks Herself: Am I Capable of Killing?

The Bridge

"With every story I remembered," writes Syrian activist Marcell Shehwaro, "the certainty that I was a person who neither kills nor wants to kill was gradually shrinking."

9 March 2016

Kurdish Reporter Faces Jail Time in Turkey for Twitter and Facebook Posts

Global Voices Advocacy

Turkish authorities increasingly "conflate coverage of banned groups and investigation of sensitive topics with outright terrorism or other anti-state activity."

8 March 2016

Turkey, March 8 and the Everyday Struggle Against Gender Stereotyping

"#YouAreMuchMoreBeautifulThisWay, so what is it, if we do not pop out of our mothers' wombs as models, all the talking orangutans will criticise us?"

1 March 2016

In Bahrain, a Thousand Tears for One Hug

The families of some of Bahrain's estimated 4,000 political prisoners speak up on Twitter calling for better conditions for their loved ones whom they meet behind glass barriers during visits.

28 February 2016

Saudi Arabia Sentences Twitter User to 10 Years in Prison and 2,000 Lashes for Apostasy

Global Voices Advocacy

Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Twitter user to 10 years in prison in addition to 2,000 lashes for publishing 600 tweets "which spread atheism" online.

25 February 2016

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi Briefly Goes Up for Sale on eBay

A bid offering Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi for sale went up on eBay minutes after he said he would even sell himself to bail out the country.

Fearing Foreign Influence, Iran's Hardliners Bash the BBC Ahead of Legislative Elections

"Those that claim that foreign media is supporting the reformists are charlatans."

Why Are People Calling John Kerry a “Thug” Online?

As the Geneva 3 Conference kicked off on January 29, tens of thousands of tweets used the hashtag #KerryTheThug to condemn US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on Syria.

24 February 2016

Egyptian Writer Ahmed Naji Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for His ‘Sexually Explicit’ Novel

Global Voices Advocacy

Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji has been sentenced to two years in prison for publishing a chapter of his "sexually explicit" novel in a magazine.

22 February 2016

Egyptian Satirist Bassem Youssef Slams the Military with Kofta_Time Hashtag

"I will take the AIDS from the patient then give it to him as a skewer of Kofta to nourish him," announced army Major General Ibrahim Abdel-Atty in 2014.

Iranian Newspapers Document Abuse and Mistreatment of Afghan School Children

“There’s no official directive condoning physical violence against Afghan students. The problem is society’s views.”

20 February 2016

Thirty Saudi Religious Police Complete Course on How to Fight Black Magic

Thirty members of the Commission for the Protection of Virtue and Prevention of Vice completed a five-day course on how to fight black magic, identify sorcerers and even break their...

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