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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

25 January 2015

Yemen's Uncertainty

Yemen, often described as a “failed state”, has become a country without a president and a government. Even Yemenis living inside the country are perplexed by the latest dramatic developments.

23 January 2015

World Leaders’ Paris March Participation Provokes Wave of Criticism

Internet users responding to images of world leaders at the Paris march against terrorism earlier this month displayed what might be called a "consensus of mockery."

Israel's Arab Sector on Strike Over Alleged Police Brutality

The "unintentional" deaths of two men from the Bedouin city of Rahat has brought to the fore tensions over "the conduct of the police in confronting Arab citizens."

The Secret Language of Turkey's LGBT Community

In Turkey, the LGBT community and others keep have created a secret language, or argot, called Lubunca to keep out prying ears.

22 January 2015

WhatsApp, Line and Tango in Jeopardy in Iran, As President and Judiciary Clash

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Culture Minister Ali Jannati refused to say if the government would implement the ban on three messaging services. They currently remain accessible to Iranians.

15 January 2015

Outspoken ‘Israeli Zionist Arab Muslim’ Teen Emerges from Hiding in the US

"I had to leave Israel...for trying to show the world the real face of regular Arabs and Muslims who're simply sick of their leaders' corruption and unlimited hate..."

14 January 2015

Saudi Arabia to Erect a 600 Mile “Great Wall” to Fend off ISIS

Last week, two Saudi guards and a general were killed when ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Suweif border post, 80km from Al Nukhayb, Iraq.

Is Syria Ready for TEDx Damascus With Its Free Thinkers Dead, in Jail or Exile?

Innovation can hardly flourish while innovators like Bassel Safadi remained imprisoned, and when the majority of Syrian free thinkers have been killed, detained or forced to leave the country.

13 January 2015

The Original Santa Claus is Under Threat from the Turkish Construction Industry. So is Much of Turkey's Unique Heritage

The Bridge

Turkey's construction-crazed government is talking up the country's rich cultural heritage in an effort to reap tourist dollars. But Ankara is better at promoting historical legacies than preserving them.

12 January 2015

This Is No Joke: New Fatwa Prohibits Building Snowmen in Saudi Arabia

Back in 2008, clergyman Mohammed Minijed called for killing all rodents, including Mickey Mouse, during a television interview. Today, he strikes again with a fatwa prohibiting snowmen.

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