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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

1 September 2015

Bahrain's Bombings: Unsolved Puzzles that End Up with Death Sentences

Scores of Bahrainis are arrested after every bombing attack targeting its security apparatus. Yet, in the age of social media, footage of the attacks is almost never shared leaving people...

Police Violently Remove Activists Occupying Lebanon's Ministry of Environment

Lebanese activists and members of the You Stink movement have announced an open occupation of the Ministry of Environment until their demands are met including the resignation of the minister

31 August 2015

One Syrian Refugee's Long and Dangerous Journey to Europe

Before the war began, Thair Orfahli studied law in Lebanon and regularly visited his family in Syria. But as the violence intensified, he decided he had to leave.

30 August 2015

Lebanese-French Trumpeter Reimagines ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a Hip-Hop Opera

A rabbit hole worth heading down? Ibrahim Maalouf has reworked the Lewis Carroll classic, setting it in modern France with a Malian beat.

28 August 2015

The Lebanese Get Creative in Their Protests Against the Trash Crisis

The Lebanese people show some humor and creativity in the way they protest. Over 20,000 people took to the streets in Beirut last weekend carrying all kinds of signs

Is Telegram's Compliance with Iran Compromising the Digital Security of Its Users?

Global Voices Advocacy

Telegram has been complying with the Iranian government to block features, a cause for privacy concerns on a platform that boasts secure communication.

Bahrain's Opposition, From Dialogue Tables to Prison Cells

Bahrain is closing in on Al Wefaq Islamic Society, the country's largest opposition group. One after the other, it's leaders are rounded up and jailed.

27 August 2015

Is Turkey Turning Time Back Towards the Dreaded Nineties?

The Bridge

Turkey will host snap elections in November against a background of fear, anger and violence. Is this the way President Erdoğan wanted it?

26 August 2015

Videos Show How Lebanese Security Forces Violently Dealt With ‘You Stink’ Protesters

Videos capturing police violence against protesters in Lebanon are making the rounds online. Is protesting against mounting rubbish and government corruption worth being beaten up and teargassed for?

23 August 2015

Son of Green Movement Opposition Leader Comes Out in Support of Iranian Nuclear Deal

"As a professor of law who was banned from teaching in Iran, I strongly support the nuclear deal," Mohammad Taghi Karoubi declared in a video.

Peaceful Protestors Face Riot Police Brutality in Lebanon

A brutal response awaited the peaceful protesters of the #YouStink movement who gathered in Beirut on Saturday August 22 to demand a solution to the garbage crisis in Lebanon.

Lebanese Activists Warn Against Political Attempts to Exploit Their Movement

Two government ministers who tried to enter the protest area were refused entry, but the movement said those who resign are welcome.

‘You Stink’ Protesters Call for the Resignation of the Lebanese Government

A trash problem is threatening the Lebanese government as protesters demand better services and less corruption. Is Lebanon ready to listen to the demands of its people?

22 August 2015

Bashar Al Assad Got It Right: Syria Belongs to Those Who Defend It

In his latest speech, Bashar Al Assad said Syria is for those who defend it. Asaad Hanna explains what that means.

20 August 2015

Despite President Rouhani's Promises, Films Continue to Be Banned in Iran

Rouhani's remarks during his election campaign increased hopes that banned films would make their way to the cinemas. That hasn't been the case.

On the Scene: Explosion and Gunfire at Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace

On August 19 Istanbul was rocked by more unrest as political tensions in Turkey continue to simmer.

18 August 2015

An Icon of Iran's Reform Movement Joins Anti-Nuclear Deal Efforts

Ahmad Batebi has caused a social media stir by denouncing the nuclear deal and appearing in an ad produced by an offshoot project of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Saeed Kamali Dehghan on Covering Iran for The Guardian

The Bridge

"The common problem in many western media organisations is that they see Iran as black and white, and Iran is not like that. It’s a spectrum, it’s a rainbow.”

17 August 2015

Human Rights Protections Weaken as Tunisia Fights Terror

Global Voices Advocacy

Despite the PM's reassurance that "people can talk or write whatever they like," authorities have been cracking down on speech.

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