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Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017Farhana Khera

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Middle East, North Africa & Southwest Asia

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Rethinking the Debate Around Censorship in Pakistan

July 22, 2015 | Samina Naz

In a country where freedom of expression is sometimes criticized as a “Western construct,” one coalition is fighting to loosen Pakistan’s strict censorship laws.

Israeli Soldiers Break Their Silence on the Gaza Conflict

July 6, 2015 | Ammar Abu Zayyad

A group of veterans who fought in the Palestinian Territories are testifying about what they did with the goal of making Israeli society face up to its military’s actions.

An ICC Investigation of Possible War Crimes in Palestine Could Benefit All Involved

June 25, 2015 | James Goldston

The White House and Israel both oppose the court taking a role in the region, but the process holds tangible rewards for all parties.

For Exploited Migrant Workers, a Good Lawyer Can Make All the Difference

May 11, 2015 | Linda Kalash

Working in foreign countries with unfamiliar laws and languages, migrant workers often find themselves unable to access justice. A free legal service is changing that.

The Transparency Law That’s Opening Up Pakistan

April 20, 2015 | Samina Naz

A groundbreaking right-to-information law is already bearing fruit in Pakistan, as citizens and the media use it to shine a light on government corruption and inefficiency.

Amid Occupation, Life Goes On for Palestinians

April 17, 2015 | Will Doig

Photographer Tanya Habjouqa’s pictures of Palestinian life reveal a world that’s far more diverse than the news would have you believe.

The Human Cost of Secret U.S. Drone Strikes in Yemen

April 13, 2015 | Amrit Singh, Jonathan Horowitz

Courageous on-the-ground researchers give the world a look at the reality of a counterterrorism strategy that some in the U.S. government would argue is a model program.

Can Investigative Journalism Flourish in the Arab World?

March 24, 2015 | Rana Sabbagh

Secretive governments and social norms that discourage debate have held back quality journalism in many Arab countries. A new initiative aims to change that.

Why Saudi Arabia Is on the Defensive

February 13, 2015 | Stephen Hubbell, Madawi al-Rasheed

Threatened by hostile neighbors and collapsing oil prices, the infamously oppressive kingdom is struggling to maintain its regional dominance.

Israeli Veterans Break Their Silence on Life in the Occupied Territories

November 26, 2014 | Yehuda Shaul

After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, Yehuda Shaul met dozens of other veterans who were questioning the military’s tactics. Now, through an organization called Breaking the Silence, they’re finding their voice.

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