1. Paris bans Gaza protests over 'risk of violence' (with tweets) · ajstream

    Nothing like censorship in the guise of “security”. We know all about that in the USA. 

  2. In Iran, a spark of enthusiasm for America’s national pastime

    Baseball might just become the newest passion in sports crazy Iran.

    From WashingtonPost:

    Closer to the “Bad News Bears” than the major leagues, organized baseball has been played here since 1991. Few Iranians beyond the estimated 500 players, coaches and umpires who belong to the national association, however, have even heard of the game.

    The lack of exposure means baseball receives almost no funding from Iran’s powerful Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and players actually have to pay — the equivalent of about $5 per month — to be on a team.

  3. Meet the Iranian Musician topping U.S. charts with classic Persian poetry

    From Al Arabiya:

    In an interview with CNN, Nazer said “I want to create a revolution with music, with love rather than hate, or chaos and bloodshed.

    “I came to New York with the hopes of integrating two cultures, and creating a new product that is no longer Eastern or Western,” he added.

  4. m7madsmiry:

Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life. „ AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME
m7madsmiry:

Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life. „ AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME
    m7madsmiry:

Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life. „ AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME

    m7madsmiry:

    Palestinians wake up every morning to teach the rest of the world life.
    „ AWESOOOOOOOOOOOOME

    (via talldarkarab)

  5. ukinusa:

    The saddest flowchart you’re likely to see today. Help improve the lives of girls: girlsummitpledge.com

  6. unicef:

    “In my village there is one girl who is younger than I am who has not been cut because I discussed the issue with her parents. I told them how much the operation had hurt me, how it had traumatized me and made me not trust my own parents. They decided that they did not want this to happen to their daughter.”

    Meaza was 10 when she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). She now campaigns to protect other girls from this harmful practice. FGM is declining in Ethiopia and many countries around the world, but still too many girls are at risk. We must do more.

    Meaza is inspiration that by speaking up to say NO to this harmful practice, we can change attitudes and change girls’ lives. Add your voice: http://uni.cf/GS14

  7. allthingsarabic:

    #toughasleather #neverhide #amnaisthebest

    Loving this video, Amna AlHadad is representing the middle east in Ray-Ban’s latest promotional campaign 'The Order of Never Hide’. 

    It’s been wonderful to follow her journey these past couple of years via her Twitter and Instagram accounts. Reading about how happy she was to receive her parents blessing, to setting up a make-shift gym in her home to her present day training for the Olympic games. Why do I think she’s amazing? Because of her genuine love for what she does and her all-out commitment to her goal. 

    Also featured in the RayBan campaign are rapper The Narcicyst, ATA’s favourite comedian Hisham Fageeh and KSA’s favourite croc* Temsa7ly.

    *KSA’s favourite croc competition results aren’t in, because they doesn’t exist, but if they did exist, he would win.

  8. crisisgroup:

    Egypt Silent as Neighbors Wage Battles | Kareem Fahim

    Again and again over decades, Egypt has leapt in to play the role of mediator during hostilities between the Palestinians and the Israelis, including the time two years ago when Egypt’s president, Mohamed Morsi, helped broker a cease-fire after eight days of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip.

    But in the latest battle, the Egyptians appear to be barely lifting a finger, leaving the combatants without a go-between as the Palestinian death toll mounts.

    Officials with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement in Gaza, said on Wednesday they had seen almost no sign of an Egyptian effort to defuse the crisis, in sharp contrast to previous conflicts under Mr. Morsi and President Hosni Mubarak. Making matters worse, according to Palestinian officials, Egypt continued to keep its side of the border all but sealed on Wednesday, barring even humanitarian aid.

    FULL ARTICLE (New York Times)

    Photo:  Yuen-Ping/flickr

  9. Photos: 18 Days with the Syrian rebels

    This poignant Reuters photo essay by Goran Tomasevic, named The Guardian’s 2013 photographer of the year, visually chronicles the Free Syrian Army’s movements over the course of 18 days. Tomasevic’s photos are accompanied by concise commentary that captures the humanity and complexity of the situation:

    When some of the rebels took over a government position a few of their fighters were killed by government forces. Five rebels decided to go on a rescue mission to recover the bodies of their comrades. I went with them….The whole process took about 4-5 hours; it was a really long day. The bodies will be sent back to the families. One of the bodies was of the brother of one of the fighters.

    After witnessing the horrors of war, Tomasevic has few words to offer:

    I can’t describe the situations of war….  I can’t give any advice. Things are changing with the situation in Syria all the time.

    Tomasevic humanizes the rebels in way that removes them from simply being headlines. Most might question this kind of reporting; but perhaps humanizing terrorists helps us understands exactly the things that motivate them- which could ultimately help to defeat their onslaught?

    A must-see for insight into the ongoing situation.