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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

18 May 2015

Atena Farghadani Goes on Trial Tomorrow in Iran for Her Cartoon About Access to Contraception

Global Voices Advocacy

The cartoon that sparked her arrest depicts members of parliament as animals. She is charged with spreading propaganda against the system, insulting members of parliament and insulting the supreme leader.

17 May 2015

Along Morocco’s Border With a Spanish Enclave, Women Shoulder Twice Their Weight ‘to Earn a Morsel of Bread’

These women carry loads of 100-200 lbs for the chance to earn $5 per day across the border from Spain's Ceuta to Morocco.

16 May 2015

Egypt's Former President Mohammed Morsi Sentenced to Death for 2011 Prison Escape

Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi, along with more than 100 other people, were sentenced to death today. Human rights organisations and supporters describe the trial as a "sham."

Afghan Rapper Escaped Teen Marriage by Singing About It

Sonita Alizadeh is now living and going to school in the US, and she’s still making music about social justice in Afghanistan.

15 May 2015

Under a Shaky Ceasefire, Yemenis Struggle to Stay Connected to the World

Global Voices Advocacy

Frequent electricity cuts, bombings and a dire humanitarian situation could exacerbate and completely isolate Yemen should internet and telecommunications services be cut.

Turkey's Selfie-Taking Ottoman Prince Statue Is Down but Not Out

An Ottoman prince took a snap of himself looking rather bronzed on the Black Sea coast. Now he is recuperating having been robbed of his sword and phone.

14 May 2015

Bahrain Court Upholds Six Month Sentence Against Rights Defender Nabeel Rajab Over Tweet

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A Bahrain court today upheld a six-month sentence for human rights defender Nabeel Rajab over a tweet. Rajab is already in custody under investigation for other tweets.

An Egyptian Official Resigns After Saying Garbage Collectors’ Sons Cannot Become Judges

In Egypt, a janitor's son cannot become a judge, says the country's Minister of Justice Mahfoodh Saber, whose comments spurned a social media storm, forcing him to resign.

Israeli Professor Shows the World: ‘This Is What a Feminist Looks Like’

Hebrew University of Jerusalem professor Dr Sydney Engelberg shot to internet stardom after his photograph comforting a fussy baby while continuing to teach went viral, reports Maya Norton

Gaza Rolls Out Red Carpet For Film Festival in War-Battered Neighborhood

Gazans roll out the Red Carpet throughout the destroyed Shuja'iyya neighborhood for the 2015 edition of the Karama Gaza Film Festival.

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