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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

8 June 2015

International ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ on Its Way to Break the Gaza Siege

The Freedom Flotilla III will join an increasingly long list of boats that have attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Will it succeed this time?

Israel Says A-WA — ‘Yes!’ — to Singing Yemenite Sisters

Not so long ago, Jews from Arabic countries living in Israel — called Mizrahim — were seen as second class. But now, "it's cool to be Mizrahi."

7 June 2015

Gezi's Legacy? Biggest Party Humbled in Turkey's Game-Changing General Election

If a new coalition government is not formed in 45 days, fresh elections will be called.

4 June 2015

‘Writing Code Is Not a Crime': Jailed Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour Turns 40

Global Voices Advocacy

"It is not justice to keep a talented software engineer in jail just because the software he developed was used by others for reasons deemed illegal by the Iranian government."

Israel Launches Multiple Airstrikes in Gaza

Three blasts were heard across Gaza as Israel launched airstrikes in response to rockets launched by a Hamas rival, ISIS-linked Omar Brigades. How has the ceasefire held since last summer?

3 June 2015

Ahead of Turkey's Critical General Election, a Fact-Checking Website Analyses Political Statements

Politicians? Lie? Never!

Iran Sentences Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 Years for Cartoons

Global Voices Advocacy

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to 12.5 years in prison for publishing on Facebook cartoons and criticisms of the government.

1 June 2015

Kuma Sutra Screw-Up Nails Qatar Editor

What does an editor-in-chief in a conservative Arab Gulf country do when a Kuma Sutra drawing appears in his newspaper? And, most importantly, how do the people react?

31 May 2015

Syrian Antiques on Sale on Facebook

Ancient Syrian antiques, looted from ISIS controlled areas, are being peddled on Facebookand sold on the black market for millions.

Israeli Chef Cooks Pizza in a Car to Demonstrate Child Safety

Sixteen children have died in Israel since 2008 as a result of being accidentally left in closed cars. One chef drives the message home by cooking pizza in a car.

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