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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

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.

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.

10 November 2014

An American Muslim Reflects on Religion and Politics at the Temple Mount, Jerusalem

“It's sad some people demonize others only because they don't share the same belief. Yehuda Glick suffered from two assassination trials, once in real life and second on media.”

6 November 2014

GV Face: Voting After the Revolution in Tunisia and Ukraine

GV Face

Tunisia and Ukraine recently held elections, a challenging feat in a post-revolutionary time.

5 November 2014

Tunisian Election Paves the Way for a Brave New Future of Plural Democracy

The Bridge

A high turnout, a relatively trouble-free vote and the candidates' acceptance of the results of Tunisia's October 26 election signal the country's maturing as a democracy.

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