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Project Exile: Criticizing Kurdish referendum leads to exile
By  • 28 June 2019
"He told me to either leave or they would beat me very terribly."  Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has long had a reputation in the West as a bastion of stability in a chaotic region plagued…
Project Exile: After hunger strike, Egyptian journalist in Qatar fears return
By  • 21 May 2018
"I face probably a life sentence or maybe even worse. The idea of not being able to go back to your own just heartbreaking."  [caption id="attachment_9348" align="alignleft" width="240"] Abdullah Elshamy[/caption] For a time, journalist Abdullah…
Egypt's staged election
By  • 8 March 2018
Egypt will hold a presidential election at the end of this month. But there’s little drama about who will actually win. President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi, who led a 2013 coup against the country’s first democratically elected…
Project Exile: Bahrain journalist escaped Arab Spring crackdown
By  • 18 January 2017
"I was in hiding in Bahrain for two years, in a small room inside a house" Few escapes are as dramatic as Ali Abdulemam’s. The celebrated liberal Bahraini blogger and newspaper columnist disappeared from public…
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…
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…
Tunisia: the Arab Spring's last light
By  • 31 March 2016
The Arab Spring toppled long-ruling autocrats across the Arab world. But with Libya in chaos, Egypt back under military rule and Syria and Yemen engulfed in war, only Tunisia has fulfilled the promise of its…
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…
Sentence for Tunisian blogger cut to 6 months
By  • 9 March 2015
A Tunisian military appeals court has sentenced a blogger to six months in prison, halving a previous sentence for comments critical of the army he made on his Facebook page. Yassine Ayari, 33, received the…
Book talk: "Arab Women Rising"
By  • 30 October 2014
This episode of Global Journalist originally aired in August 2014. Following the Arab Spring, gender equality between men and women in the Middle East is improving. Women today have more opportunities, both in business and…
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