Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Project Exile: Eritrean broadcaster waited five years to escape
By  • 23 January 2017
"I felt like I was waking up from a nightmare." [caption id="attachment_8012" align="alignleft" width="241"] Temesghen Debesai[/caption] Temesghen Debesai decided to flee the East African nation of Eritrea in 2001. A prominent broadcaster on state television,…
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…
Saudi executions rise despite criticism [program]
By  • 8 December 2016
Even as the number of executions is set to hit a 25 year-low in the U.S., the use of the death penalty is on the rise globally. One country that is leading the rise is…
Yemen war fuels humanitarian crisis
By  • 11 November 2016
Civil war in Yemen has forced more than 3 million people from their homes and left millions more in need of food and other humanitarian aid. With the recent failure of UN-backed peace talks, the…
Photo essay: Hidden war in Yemen
By  • 10 November 2016
While Syria garners international headlines as refugees stream into Europe, Yemen’s plight has gone largely unnoticed. The poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014 and the…
Editor pioneers gay media in Arab world
By  • 7 November 2016
“It seems every year we get ourselves into some kind of trouble.” The Arab world is one of the most difficult regions to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In many countries, same-sex relations are…
Gay rights in the Arab world
By  • 22 September 2016
One of the hardest regions of the globe to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is the Arab world. In Saudi Arabia and Yemen, the punishment for the crime of sodomy is death by stoning,…
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…
Yemen's hidden war
By  • 25 February 2016
The conflict in Syria gets the headlines, but 2,000 miles south in Yemen a separate civil war has brought an already impoverished country to its knees. More than 80 percent of the country's population is…
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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