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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

19 September 2014

Bahraini Human Rights Activist Maryam Al Khawaja Is Released From Prison While She Awaits Trial

Maryam Al Khawaja was arrested when she tried to enter the country to visit her jailed father, who is on his 27th day of a hunger strike.

Turkey's ‘School of Nature': Reminding Us of What We Forgot

Doğa Okulu, Turkey's 'School of Nature', is a model of cooperation between activists, local communities and local government. In seven months the school has already done a lot of teaching.

16 September 2014

Nearly 70% of Young Iranians Use Illegal Internet Circumvention Tools

Global Voices Advocacy

According to Iran’s list of Computer Crimes, the distribution of both circumvention technology and instructions to use such tools are both illegal. Violating these laws can result in severe punishment.

15 September 2014

Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah Released on Bail

Global Voices Advocacy

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abd El Fattah was released on bail today but the road to justice is a long and bumpy one, says netizens.

12 September 2014

Shortly Before Her Death, Lebanese Student Sara Khatib Gave an Inspiring Tedx Talk About Her Battle With Cancer

"I chose not to be Sara Khatib, the cancer patient and amputee, but to continue being Sara Khatib, the fourth-year pharmacy student who [...] just happens to have cancer"

11 September 2014

Russia Cracks Down on Internet Free Speech, Except When It's ISIS

RuNet Echo

The Internet army of the "Islamic State," having lost some of its battles in the West, is now allegedly recruiting and fundraising on the Russian social network VKontakte.

10 September 2014

Lebanon Blocks Six Porn Sites, Sparks Fears of Further Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Internet users worry that the decision, made by the Ministry of Justice, could lead the government down a slippery slope to greater censorship.

Lebanon Is Deporting Locally Born Children of Migrant Workers, Human Rights Groups Say

Children of certain categories of migrant workers born in Lebanon will no longer be allowed to reside in the country. NGOs speak out against the decision.

9 September 2014

The Iranian Government Is Blocking Unregistered News Sites

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian news sites that do comply with registration requirements will receive a government subsidy.

‘You Will Do Anything for Ratings': More Outrage over the Wife Killer ‘Star’ of Turkish Daytime TV

With homicides against women increasing in Turkey, a female chat show host is taking heat for giving more air time to an overnight wife killer celebrity.

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