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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

14 August 2015

Gaza's ‘Colorful Neighborhood’ Brings Hope and Healing in Palestine

Gaza's Al Zaytoun is called "the colorful neighborhood" for its brightly painted streets and decorated walls, an urban renewal effort following 2014's Israel-Gaza war.

13 August 2015

Should Conspiracy Theories Enjoy Free Speech Protections?

Global Voices Advocacy

To what extent, should conspiracy theories enjoy free speech protections? Three members of the Global Voices community share their thoughts.

Croatians React to Alleged ISIS Beheading of Tomislav Salopek

Social media users in Croatia, Egypt, and worldwide react to the alleged beheading of a Croatian expat in Egypt by ISIS.

12 August 2015

Jason Rezaian’s Lawyer Prevented from Responding to Iranian Prosecutor’s Accusations

The court’s decision on the charges against Rezaian, which include “espionage” and “cooperation with enemy states,” is expected in a week.

Turkish Authorities on Blocking Binge as Political Tensions Rise

Global Voices Advocacy

Pro-Kurdish and leftist media sites are among the 96 websites most recently blocked by Turkish authorities.

My Birthday

The Bridge

On the day of her birthday, Syrian activist Marcell Shehwaro looks back at the trauma and heartbreak of life in Syria through the prism of birthdays past and present.

10 August 2015

232 Turkish Scholars Call for International Help Facilitating Kurdish Peace Process

'The truth does not develop under conditions of war and today Turkey needs the truth before anything else.'

Gülen Schools Get Flushed Out of Tajikistan

"Will Erdoğan end up destroying the key component of the Turkish soft power in Central Asia?"

8 August 2015

Fifteen People Killed in ISIS Attack on Saudi Security Forces Mosque in Asir

Fifteen people were killed when an ISIS operative blew himself up in a security forces mosque in Asir, Saudi Arabia. This is the first time ISIS targets a Sunni mosque.

6 August 2015

Can Talking About Trash Drive Political Change in Lebanon?

The Bridge

A political movement is coalescing around Lebanese citizens' indignation at their government's cavalier attitude towards garbage disposal.

5 August 2015

Israel Appoints Former Leader of West Bank Settlers as New Ambassador to Brazil

Dayan publicly opposes the two-state solution and has previously told the press that ‘those who do are either naïve or liars'.

4 August 2015

Iran to Partially Lift Ban on BBC

Iran announces BBC World news will be allowed to operate temporarily inside Iran, while the ban on BBC Persian is to continue.

3 August 2015

How Iran Used WikiLeaks to Attack a Human Rights Defender

WikiLeaks' management, unsurprisingly, is not playing along.

Iran Closes Down Hardline Newspaper After Anti Nuclear Deal Coverage

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran's Press Supervisory have closed down 9 Dey, a hardline newspaper that has published dissenting views to the nuclear deal signed between Iran and the P5+1 countries, signed in Vienna on...

#NepalQuake: When Human Trafficking Is not Earth-Shattering And More Needs To Be Done

Post-earthquake, an overwhelmed Nepali state struggles to develop a long-term vision to tackle the vultures of human trafficking within and beyond its borders.

31 July 2015

Palestinian Baby Burned to Death in West Bank Settler Attack

Israeli settlers have torched two homes in Douma, in the Occupied West Bank, leaving one baby dead and three civilians, including one child, severely injured.

29 July 2015

Iran's University of Kurdistan Opens Department of Kurdish Language and Literature for the First Time

Bakhtiar Sajjadi, the new chair of the department, announced last week that 40 students have been accepted to start their studies this October.

28 July 2015

#HackingTeam Leaks: Lebanon’s Cybercrime Bureau Exploited Angry Birds to Surveil Citizens’ Mobile Devices

Global Voices Advocacy

Lebanon's Cybercrime Bureau seems to be conducting surveillance outside the boundaries of local law — and using Hacking Team software to do it.

27 July 2015

Saudi Woman Dies After Her Daughter Is Rejected From University

A grief-struck Saudi mother literally dropped dead at The University of Tabuk campus which refused to admit her daughter into its medical school. Netizens react to the news with alarm.

Greece Crisis Propelling Some Ethnic Greeks Back to Their Homeland on a Turkish Island

Greeks and Turks share a love and pride for the beautiful island called Gökçeada by the former and Imbros by the latter.

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