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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

25 November 2014

As Turkish Women Struggle for Freedom from Violence, Their President Tells Them: Give up on Equality

2014 has been another horrendous year for violence against women in Turkey. In this context, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's suggestion women should seek "equivalence" instead of equality has disappointed many.

Bahrain's Justice Minister Picks Fight With Newspaper Editor on Twitter

"Calm down, your excellency, an open mind makes more room for justice," Mansoor Al-Jamri tweeted at the minister of justice, who had criticized Al-Jamri's column about Bahrain's elections.

21 November 2014

Bahrain Will Stamp Out Popular Protests, but Not Support for ISIS

The cyber-crime unit which arrests bloggers and human rights activists did not arrest the publishers of videos such as those calling for support of ISIS and inciting sectarian violence

All Set for Global Voices Meetup in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 26

Our next Global Voices Meetup is scheduled for November 26 to take place in Beirut, Lebanon. Please join members of our GV community for this special gathering.

20 November 2014

Kurds Blame Arab Refugees for Deadly Suicide Bombing in Capital Erbil

Some social media users are pointing the finger at South Kurdistan's influx of refugees after an unusual suicide car bombing killed five people on Wednesday.

17 November 2014

Turkish President's Columbus Comments Trigger “Mosque on the Moon” Mockery

Turkish President Recep Erdoğan has been challenging Columbus' discovery of America and promising to build a mosque in Cuba. This is perfect fodder for the country's satirists.

16 November 2014

Kuwait Sentences 1,000 Bidoon Children to Illiteracy

The Bridge

Children from Kuwait's stateless Bidoon minority received a rude awakening when they tried to attend school this year.

11 November 2014

‘Coup Today, Gone Tomorrow’ and Other Hilarious #FakeArabProverbs

With the current state of affairs in the Middle East "troubling," Arab Twitter users have launched the satirical #FakeArabProverbs to lighten the mood with a little humor.

They Vote So You Don’t Have To: Lebanon’s Parliament Extends Its Own Term in Office

In a move that could be a serious, dangerous even, setback for Lebanon, the national parliament has postposed elections for the second time.

Prison in Bahrain: A Tale of Torture

The Bridge

Following the death of Hasan Alshaikh due to torture, Global Voices author Mohamed Hassan details his own experience being tortured by Bahrain authorities.

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