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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

20 July 2015

Top Bahraini Student Goes to Jail Instead of Medical School

A top Bahraini student is in prison instead of pursuing his dream of becoming a doctor. Faten Bushehri updates us on the plight of Mustafa Mohammed Ismael

Eid in the Time of War in Yemen

Despite shelling and the continuing airstrikes, some Yemenis managed to celebrate Eid Al Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

17 July 2015

After 6 Years in Jail, the Iranian ‘Blogfather’ Says Today's Internet Has Changed—for the Worse

Derakhshan, a former Global Voices writer, was incarcerated for six years for his blogging. His first English-language piece since his release criticizes the current state of the Internet.

15 July 2015

‘The World Has Changed': Bold Statements From Iranian Newspapers in Reaction to Iran Deal

Even publications that have taken a critical stance on the nuclear negotiations gave the news of an agreement neutral coverage.

14 July 2015

Australian Artist Jailed in UAE For Posting “Bad Words” on Facebook

Global Voices Advocacy

An Australian artist found herself thrown into an Abu Dhabi prison and deported for posting a photograph of a car blocking a disabled parking spot.

Arrests of Sunni Extremists in Bahrain Go Unnoticed

Bahraini authorities have arrested several ISIS members in the kingdom amid a media blackout. ISIS supporters take to Twitter to threaten the government.

Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Finishes in Vienna

"Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope."

13 July 2015

Bahrain Releases Human Rights Activist Nabeel Rajab, Only to Send Another Activist Back to Jail

Global Voices Advocacy

Bahrain released from prison rights activist Nabeel Rajab tonight. It also renewed the detention of political leader Ibrahim Sharif for 15 days. Is the government playing chess with political dissidents?

Journalists Scrape Together What News They Can as Iran Talks Drag on

One journalist has been covering the talks so long, "I give directions to people and tourists; have a regular cafe; a regular gym; have joined the city's public bike system..."

12 July 2015

Bahraini Political Leader Ibrahim Sharif Arrested Again

Bahraini political leader and Secretary General of National Democratic Action Society (WAAD) Ibrahim Sharif is arrested three weeks after his release for "inciting hatred against the regime."

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