Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Egypt gay rights activist optimistic despite challenges
By , • 22 September 2016
There is no one in Egypt that you would recognize and say, 'He is the face of the LGBT movement.' The life of a gay man in Egypt isn't easy. Though same-sex intercourse isn't technically…
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Oman arrests three journalists after inheritance report
By  • 9 August 2016
Three journalists from an opposition newspaper in Oman have been arrested in the days after the publication of a report accusing government officials of pressuring the judiciary to change a ruling in an inheritance case.…
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Spanish correspondent survived wars, ISIL captivity
By  • 2 August 2016
Marc Marginedas has covered some of the world's most brutal conflicts, and has the psychological scars to prove it. The first thing to know about Marc Marginedas is that he has gone on living. The…
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Project Exile: Iraqi BBC cameraman struggles in U.K.
By  • 24 May 2016
"They consider us traitors, spies. I was worried about my children." Qais Najim spent more than a decade as a cameraman and editor for the BBC in his native Iraq, where he covered the U.S.-British…
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Inside the Islamic State's favorite app
By  • 6 May 2016
"They just want to feel relatively secure right now, or for the lifetime of whatever operation they're plotting." The messaging app Telegram has gained notoriety recently for its use by the Islamic State, or ISIL,…
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Project Exile: Photographer smuggled out of Syria
By  • 2 May 2016
"When you are doing anything against the regime, you will be wanted and arrested." Bassel Tawil was once a network engineer with an internet company in the Syrian city of Homs. That changed in 2009…
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Explainer: Libya's fractured politics
By  • 7 April 2016
Three governments means little governance News this week that a new United Nations-backed government had begun to establish itself in Libya has been greeted as a hopeful sign that the country may emerge from the…
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Tunisia at a crossroads
By  • 4 April 2016
Islamic State, corruption hinder lone Arab democracy Five years after Tunisians toppled dictator Zine El-Abeddine Ben Ali, the country is at a crossroads. The North African state has successfully ratified a constitution, held free elections…
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Four questions: War in Yemen
By  • 29 February 2016
A primer on Yemen's conflict Yemen's year-old civil war has left more than 6,000 dead, 30,000 injured and 2.5 million forced from their homes. Yet outside the region, there is little news coverage of Yemen's…
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Gulf states struggle amid depressed oil prices
By , • 19 February 2016
New taxes and cuts to government spending spur economic pain As the Arab Spring swept across the oil-rich Persian Gulf five years ago, the region's monarchies and authoritarian states were able to quell discontent by mixing…
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