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Stories about Middle East & North Africa

11 May 2015

Thank the Ottoman Empire for That Taco You're Eating

Taco al pastor, the classic Mexican street food that’s popular in the US, has roots in a surprising place: the Middle East.

Clashes in Mahabad, Iran, Following the Controversial Death of a Female Hotel Worker

"It's one thing to be Kurdish in Iran and a another to be a Kurdish woman. #JusticeForFarinaz."

9 May 2015

‘Their Freedom Is Their Right': A Campaign for Prisoners of Conscience in the Arab World

Global Voices Advocacy

Three human rights organizations launch a social media campaign to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience throughout the Arab World.

8 May 2015

New Research: Iran Is Using ‘Intelligent’ Censorship on Instagram

Global Voices Advocacy

Political pages are accessible, but Justin Bieber and the Kardashians are blocked. Saddled with a censorship regime that is both exhaustive and ineffective, Iranian authorities are experimenting with “intelligent” filtering.

Israeli Politician Who Called for Genocide of Palestinian People Named Justice Minister

"It is not a war against terror, and not a war against extremists, and not even a war against the Palestinian Authority...Who is the enemy? The Palestinian people."

6 May 2015

Who Says Desert Climates Can’t Rock Agriculture? Check Out the Gulf Nations at EXPO 2015

Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and the UAE participate in Milan's Expo 2015 with well designed pavilions to introduce the world to their agrarian and food culture.

5 May 2015

The Dilemmas of Bahrain's Opposition Group Alwefaq: Between Fragmentation and an Underground Movement

The largest opposition group in Bahrain is on the verge of being shut down. Alwefaq Society members are expressing contradicting opinions on the the implications of its closure.

Yemenis Making Art in the Time of War

Yemenis are putting their art and creatively forward to an end the war in their country, the poorest in the Middle East. Here's what they are doing.

One French Journalist's Take on the ‘Slow Death’ of Foreign Correspondents

Anaïs Renevier is leaving Lebanon after a few years reporting there. Her blog post about the dismal conditions foreign correspondents must endure in today's media landscape has resonated with many.

4 May 2015

Iran's Leading Women's Magazine Suspended After Covering Cohabitation Outside of Marriage

Managing editor Shahla Sherkat says she's hopeful she can convince the court to allow publication to resume. Iran’s Press Oversight Committee suspended Zanan-e Emrooz, reportedly for writing about "white marriages."

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