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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

7 August 2014

Thousands of Yazidis Rescued, But Many More Are at Risk as the Islamic State Gains Ground in Northern Iraq

The Kurdish ethno-religious group have been discriminated against for centuries and are accused of being 'devil worshipers.'

Central Asia's Rulers View Turkish “Soap Power” with Suspicion

In recent years Turkish serials have amassed a worldwide following. In Central Asia, however, government officials are reluctant to give them air time.

5 August 2014

Following a Ceasefire in Gaza, Infographics Show the Scale of 30 Days of Death and Damage

A 72-hour ceasefire started today after 30 days of an Israeli invasion of Gaza, which was met by Hamas rockets. Here's a tally of the damage in charts.

How a Jewish-American Author's Facebook Page Became a Hub for Citizen Reporting on Gaza

The Bridge

Naomi Wolf and her growing 79,000 followers are curating and verifying content as well as sifting through the propaganda and media bias on Gaza.

4 August 2014

A Sick Game: Bomb Gaza on Google Play Removed After Complaints

An Android game which allows gamers to carry out airstrikes on Gaza has been removed from Google Play after much criticism and anger

Israel, Gaza, War & Data – The Art of Personalizing Propaganda

The Bridge

While war rages on the ground in Gaza and across Israeli skies, there’s an all-out information war unraveling in social networked spaces.

Sonia Ordóñez, Translating Threats to Free Expression Online for Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices depends on its hard-working team of volunteer translators like Sonia Ordóñez, who has devoted most of her time to translating Advocacy stories.

Barrel Bombs in Syria Continue to Bring Death From Above Despite International Condemnation

The Syrian government has ignored a U.N. Security Council resolution to stop using DIY "barrel bombs," which have been dropped indiscriminately on civilian areas.

3 August 2014

Israeli Army Whistle-Blower Gets Arrested After Posting ‘Israeli Troops Killed Gaza Civilians in Revenge’ on Facebook

Soldiers in two different units inside Gaza leaked information about the murdering of Palestinians by sniper fire in Shuja'iyya neighborhood as punishment for the death of soldiers in their units.

2 August 2014

Electronic Witch-Hunts in Bahrain, Israel and the ISIS

Scores of people were arrested and tortured in Bahrain after an online witch-hunt to identify protesters. Today, the same tactic is being used by Israel and the ISIS.

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