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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

27 November 2014

The Story Behind Iran's Censorship Redirect Page

Global Voices Advocacy

When Internet users in Iran try to access a blocked website, they're taken to www.peyvandha.ir. The page has changed throughout the years, reflecting the government's evolving approach to censorship.

25 November 2014

As Turkish Women Struggle for Freedom from Violence, Their President Tells Them: Give up on Equality

2014 has been another horrendous year for violence against women in Turkey. In this context, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's suggestion women should seek "equivalence" instead of equality has disappointed many.

Bahrain's Justice Minister Picks Fight With Newspaper Editor on Twitter

"Calm down, your excellency, an open mind makes more room for justice," Mansoor Al-Jamri tweeted at the minister of justice, who had criticized Al-Jamri's column about Bahrain's elections.

22 November 2014

How the Tunisian Electoral Authority Robbed Me of the Right to Vote

The Bridge

On the eve of her country's presidential elections, one Tunisian expatriate suspects politics are at the root of at a rule-change by the electoral authority that prevents her from voting.

21 November 2014

Bahrain Will Stamp Out Popular Protests, but Not Support for ISIS

The cyber-crime unit which arrests bloggers and human rights activists did not arrest the publishers of videos such as those calling for support of ISIS and inciting sectarian violence

All Set for Global Voices Meetup in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 26

Our next Global Voices Meetup is scheduled for November 26 to take place in Beirut, Lebanon. Please join members of our GV community for this special gathering.

20 November 2014

Kurds Blame Arab Refugees for Deadly Suicide Bombing in Capital Erbil

Some social media users are pointing the finger at South Kurdistan's influx of refugees after an unusual suicide car bombing killed five people on Wednesday.

19 November 2014

Western Media Is Obsessed With Kurdish Female Fighters Battling ISIS

Social networking sites are abuzz with pictures of female Peshmergas. However, there are dozens of examples which illustrate women fighters are not new, but have existed within Kurdish communities historically.

Western Commentators Still Getting Turkey's Gezi Park Protests Wrong

The Bridge

Over a year after the Gezi Park protests rocked Turkey, some are still going to considerable effort to misunderstand them.

17 November 2014

Turkish President's Columbus Comments Trigger “Mosque on the Moon” Mockery

Turkish President Recep Erdoğan has been challenging Columbus' discovery of America and promising to build a mosque in Cuba. This is perfect fodder for the country's satirists.

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