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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

8 May 2017

Seven Years After Execution, Kurdish Teacher Farzad Kamangar's Legacy of Hope Remains

"I know that one day, this harsh and uneven road will be paved for teachers and the suffering you endured will be a badge of honour..."

Tunisian Media Activist Interrogated Over Sources of Leaked Documents

Global Voices Advocacy

Sami Ben Gharbia is a significant figure in independent media and digital human rights activism in Tunisia and the Arab region.

6 May 2017

Jordan's Magic Sorcerers Continue to Be Sought After

"Looking at what we might call magic today or throughout Muslim traditions, in many cases it seems to expand the possibilities of what is thinkably 'Islamic'."

5 May 2017

Draft Law Would Require Egyptian Social Media Users to Register With Government

Global Voices Advocacy

Users who do not register could face up to six months in jail and a fine.

Omani Authorities Block Access to Online Magazine Mowatin

Global Voices Advocacy

The independent magazine was blocked by Oman authorities on World Press Freedom Day, hours after resuming publication.

Wikipedia Is Turkey's First Major Censorship Target, Post-Referendum. What Will Be Next?

Global Voices Advocacy

"Whats the aim, to stay uninformed?"

Venezuela's Protests Arrive in Lebanon

"What nerve. Tarek WIlliam Saab, who should ensure the Human Rights of Venezuelans and doesn't do it, goes and talks about Human Rights in #Lebanon."

4 May 2017

Iranian News Agency Publishes ‘Fabricated’ Story Accusing UN Special Rapporteur of Misdeeds With Saudi Arabia

It's not the first time Iranian officials have tried to discredit the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran.

3 May 2017

Salt Water Challenge, Skipping Meals and #DignityStrike: Palestinians Show Solidarity With Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Prisoners are demanding an end to solitary confinement, arrest and detention without trial known as administrative arrest, and medical negligence, as well as the improvement of conditions within the prison.

‘We Are Not Slaves, We Want Our Rights': Lebanon's Migrant Domestic Workers March on Labour Day

Hundreds of migrant domestic workers and Lebanese activists took to the streets on Labour Day to protest against Lebanon's notorious Kafala system and for justice.

1 May 2017

Students and Staff Condemn Talk by Israel's UK Ambassador at SOAS, University of London

London's SOAS University saw hundreds protest Israeli ambassador's visit to campus, denouncing it as "an official exercise in state propaganda."

29 April 2017

Brazilian Graffiti Artists and Young Syrians Are Painting Refugee Camp Walls Together

Brazilian and Syrians are hand in hand on "Painting on Camps walls" of refugee's school camp in Lebanon's Beqaa and more walls of hope inside Syria.

27 April 2017

Jailed Emirati Academic Endures Hunger Strike to Protest Ten-Year Jail Sentence

Global Voices Advocacy

"I have no choice but to go on hunger strike to restore my stolen freedom".

It’s a Small World After All: Into the Deep Podcast

Spend time with someone from a different country or who speaks a different language, and you'll soon realize you have more in common than you first thought.

21 April 2017

Gazans Protest Against ‘Massacre of Salaries’ by the Palestinian Authority

Tens of thousands of Gazans are condemning the Palestinian Authority's salary cuts of public and security employees.

19 April 2017

A Video Game Offers a Rare Nuanced Glimpse Into the 1979 Iranian Revolution

The Bridge

A new Iranian-designed video game achieves the rare feat of providing an accessible and authentic narrative on Iran’s history without compromising on either content or creativity.

18 April 2017

In Turkey, There's No Room for Maybe Anymore

Erdogan got his way - by a whisker - and isn't in the mood to compromise. Neither is the opposition.

17 April 2017

‘Children Were Dying Everywhere': A Syrian Videographer Recounts the Al Rashideen Explosion That Killed Over 100

Abd Alkader Habak appears in a photo that was widely shared on social media in which he is running with an injured child in his arms. Here is what happened.

#SaveDinaAli: Activists Call for Release of Saudi Woman Forcibly Sent Back to the Kingdom

"If I go back to Saudi Arabia, I will be dead. Please help me, I am recording this video to help me and know that I am real and here."

So You’d Like to Start Computing in Your Own Language

Rising Voices

Twelve tips for free software localization for minoritized and indigenous languages.

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