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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

8 September 2014

Confessions of an Angry Iranian Who Laughs to Survive

The Bridge

Iranian Political satirist Kambiz Hosseini on anger, the Islamic Republic and why his therapist made him buy a satellite dish.

7 September 2014

Vigils in Australia for an Iranian Asylum Seeker Who Died After Getting Sick in a Detention Center

An Iranian asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei has been declared brain dead after suffering septicaemia from an infection contracted while in offshore detention. Many Australians have responded with compassion or anger.

5 September 2014

The Funeral That Brought Syria's Revolutionaries to a Church with Red Roses

The Bridge

Christians, Muslims, family members and revolutionary comrades gather at church in Aleppo, Syria for Marcell Shehwaro's mother's funeral. How to make it a space that preserves the dignity of all?

A Former Parliament Member Says His Plan Will Heal Egypt's Political Wounds, But Critics Aren't So Sure

Muhammed ElOmda proposed his plan days after being released from prison, where he has been since his arrest during a brutal crackdown on supporters of ousted President Morsi.

Israel Moves to Make its Biggest Land Grab in 30 Years, in Palestine's West Bank

The Israeli government said it will annex 990 acres of Palestinian Territory near the Jewish settlement of Gva'ot, west of Bethlehem, leaving way for more settlements considered illegal under international...

3 September 2014

These 8 Ice Bucket Spinoffs Challenge Hunger, War and Politics

From the “Lather Against Ebola” campaign against Ebola in Côte d'Ivoire to the Rubble Bucket Challenge for children in Gaza, people are repurposing the viral phenomenon.

2 September 2014

ISIS Releases Another Gruesome Beheading Video, Allegedly of US Journalist Steven Sotloff

The three-minute video allegedly shows the beheading of Steven Sotloff, whose work in hotspots across the Middle East has taken him to Bahrain, Syria, Egypt, Libya and Turkey.

Palestinians Cheer as an Israeli ‘Skunk Truck’ Falls into a Ravine, But What Is It Exactly?

Imagine taking a chunk of rotting corpse from a stagnant sewer, placing it in a blender and spraying the filthy liquid in your face. [...] This is 'skunk.'

1 September 2014

These Photos Capture Life Beyond War and Tragedy in Palestine

Humans of Palestine aims at restoring the humanity often stripped away when Palestinians are reduced to calculative deaths, forgettable names, and mutilated bodies, rather than people with stories and dreams.

30 August 2014

As Bombs Go Silent, Testimonies Mount That Israeli Soldiers Used Gazans as Human Shields

Accusation made by Palestinians, several NGOs, and the United Nations against Israel for its use of Palestinian civilians as human shields.

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