Stories about Middle East & North Africa
16 August 2014
On the day to recognize journalists, Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance announced that all news websites must henceforth obtain a state license -- or face automatic censorship.
Jewish-American journalist, author and blogger, Max Blumenthal, visited Gaza's Beit Hanoun, accompanied by Palestine-based journalist Dan Cohen. They share photographs of the "completely flattened" town.
The Sound of Music could become The Sound of Music is Haram, if ever the Islamic State achieves its goal of occupying the Islamic world and beyond.
14 August 2014
Palestinians Tweet Tips to Ferguson Protesters Dodging Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets & Police Aggression in Missouri, USA
As soon as police used teargas on protesters in the U.S. suburb Ferguson, Palestinians on Twitter responded with advice on how to deal with it.
The Day More Than 800 Egyptian Protesters Died: One Year on, Remembering the Horrific Raba'a Massacre
A year later a monument honouring police and military stands in the same place where hundreds of civilians were killed, says Photojournalist Mosaab ElShamy, who witnessed the massacre.
12 August 2014
"Writing is the anchor I use to keep me from drowning inside myself," writes Palestinian blogger Dalia Alnajjar, 20, from Gaza.
As the bombs go silent in Gaza during another 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire, 20-year-old Dalia Alnajjar ventures out to meet some families living in a crowded make-shift shelter.
One man's sister said he was tortured before the sentencing. A special commission found that Bahrain tortured and mistreated opponents of the regime in the past.
The Iranian government periodically releases new filtering rules intended to block Tor traffic, to which the Tor community typically responds with a same-day antidote for the block.
11 August 2014
As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan became Turkey's first popularly elected president, he had a surprise guest to help him celebrate. Kyrgyzstan's president Almazbek Atambayev became an overnight Twitter celebrity in Turkey.