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Middle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. Our site is designed to present balanced, high-quality journalism and at the same time stimulate dialogue and understanding between people in the Middle East and the West. On our platform you will find in-depth articles, captivating essays and engaging videos on pressing political, economic, religious and social issues reshaping our world.

PODCAST: VOA Middle East Monitor 10Jun13

Middle East Monitor Podcast* with Susan Yackee US, British newspapers identify NSA whistleblower Also in today’s show: Protesters clash with police in the Turkish capital for the 11th straight day The U.N. launches its biggest ever appeal for humanitarian aid to Syria (To listen to select segments, click ‘play’ and drag the sound line to the appropriate bookmark) *Middle East More »

Middle East Monitor: Turkey Sanctions World’s Museums

- Turkey has a new and aggressive policy to get top museums around the world to return its ancient artifacts – sanctions. - Aid agencies are scrambling to relocate refugees sheltered in Syrian school buildings before classes resume in two weeks. - Some 300 Jewish settlers left their homes in a West Bank outpost – some More »

SOCIAL STREAM: Egyptians React to High Court Rulings

Emotions are running high again in Cairo, where Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court today issued two controversial rulings ahead of a planned presidential runoff vote this weekend. With its first ruling the court cleared the way for former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafiq to compete in elections that would pin him against Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed More »

Blocked in Syria? How To Access Our Site, Other Websites

Tunisian blogger Wissem Zghaier, 29, who had been beaten and tortured during the uprising, uses his mobile as he works on his laptop in a downtown coffee shop in Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday , March 16, 2011.

Our Middle East Voices social journalism site has been available online since November 11, but we have noticed that we have only a trickle of visits from the country of Syria, according to our site analytics data. We found this to be odd because our sister site VOANews.com consistently gets sizable traffic from the country. This leads More »

Middle East Monitor: Syria’s Descent into Civil War

- International envoy Kofi Annan arrives in the Syrian capital, Damascus, to salvage a peace plan, while more bloody violence is reported. - Reporter Cecily Hilleary speaks with VOA’s Susan Yackee about what has led up to this point in Syria, in this first of our two part series on the history behind the violence. - More »

#EgyptDecides : Help Us Tell Egypt’s Election Story in Two Days With Your Phone

June 16 and 17, 2012, mark two of the most important days in modern Egyptian history. They represent the final phase of the election cycle – the face off between Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi and ex-Mubarak prime minister Ahmed Shafiq for President. Voice of America is putting the call out to university students, freelance More »

Middle East Monitor: Does Syria Cease-Fire Favor Assad?

Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami of the Hoover Institution says that recent UN diplomacy and a cease-fire brokered by special envoy Kofi Annan appear to be working in favor of Syria’s government.  Amnesty International is urging Bahrain to release 14 opposition activists, including hunger-fasting Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who have been jailed for their roles in More »

Agree? Bahrain Citizens Group Letter Welcomes Formula One, Condemns Protesters

Two days ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix Formula 1 race in Bahrain, a group calling itself Citizens for Bahrain has written an open letter to the world, welcoming the fact that the planned race will go on as scheduled and expressing hope that “the worst is over” and criticizing anti-government protesters for “acts More »

Middle East Monitor: Afghan Fighting Flares in 18 Hour Kabul Gunbattle

Explosions and heavy gunfire shake the Afghan capital and three other Afghan provinces… a UN observer team takes on a difficult task in Syria while fighting there continues… Israel blocks a “fly-in” by hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists…  And a new “American Jewish Committee” study examines Latino attitudes toward the Jews in the US.   Middle More »

Middle East Monitor Podcast Archive – March 2012

Middle East Voices - Chief EditorMiddle East Voices is a unique social journalism project powered by Voice of America. Our site is designed to present balanced, high-quality journalism and at the same time stimulate dialogue and understanding between people in the Middle East and the West. On our platform you will find in-depth More »

#BAHRAIN POLL: Will you participate in the 3-day general strike called on February 14, 2012?

This just posted on our new Bahrain social journalism campaign LULU LIVE: @14FebStrike We call for a 3-day general strike starting on 14 February for justice and democracy in #Bahrain #14FebStrike Will you be participating in the 3-day general strike called for in Bahrain on February 14, 2012?   Submit your photo and video of protests from February 12, More »

AGREE? Radical Muslim Americans Are Hardly A Threat to United States: Study

Ten years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a sociological study released today claims that Muslim Americans are a “minuscule threat to public safety.”  The report was written by Charles Kurzman for the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The study, which appears to counter current public opinion and government security concerns, indicates that More »

WATCH: Egyptians Pack Tahrir Square Marking Revolution Anniversary

Tens of thousands of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square Wednesday to celebrate – and carry forward – their revolution of one year ago. For many, being on Tahrir Square once again has brought the memories of last year’s revolution flooding back. But for some, there is more to be done. Our revolution is incomplete and has More »

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Muslim, Basketball Icon, Cultural Ambassador

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks up at global cultural ambassador and former NBA basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at the State Department in Washington. Abdul-Jabbar will travel the world to engage a generation of young people to help promote diplomacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Some diplomats have visibility problems. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar probably won’t. With a height of 218 cm and a splendid career behind him in professional basketball, he seems cut out for his new job as the latest U.S. global cultural ambassador. Appointed to his position on January 18, 2012, by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Abdul More »

Arab League Monitors to Report Soon on Syria

Arab League monitors are preparing to report on the situation in Syria, after a one-month mission to observe the government’s efforts to implement a plan aimed at stopping its bloody crackdown on a 10-month uprising. The mandate for the monitor mission expires Thursday, and Arab League foreign ministers are scheduled to meet Sunday to review More »

Egypt’s ElBaradei Says He’s Pulling Out of Presidential Race

Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei has announced he is pulling out of the presidential race, saying democracy is yet to take hold in the country. ElBaradei said Saturday his conscience will not allow him to run for the presidency or any other official position unless it is within a democratic framework. He said he feels More »

The Web Heats Up or What to Make of Two Middle East Hacking Stories

There’s nothing new about a hacker who steals credit card data and publishes it online. There’s also little new about a hack attack being launched from one nation against another. What’s new is when one of those targeted nations labels the attack “terrorism,” or when one belligerent swipes a secret military asset of the More »

VOTE: What Does Purported Video of U.S. Marines Urinating on Taliban Say to You?

U.S. investigators believe they have identified and questioned at least two of the four Marines seen on video urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters. Senior Marine officials with knowledge of the investigation say the four were members of a 1,000-man battalion from Camp LeJeune, ((in the southern U.S. state of )) North Carolina.  More »

US Defense Chief Deplores Alleged US Abuse of Afghan Corpses

U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (file photo)

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is promising a full investigation after seeing a video that shows four men dressed in U.S. Marine uniforms urinating over what appear to be the bodies of dead Afghans. The video on various Internet websites shows four men dressed in U.S. Marine combat uniforms, standing in a half-circle and urinating More »

Syria’s Assad: No Orders Were Given to Shoot Civilians

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks at Damascus university January 10, 2012, in this still image taken from video.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says no orders were given for government security forces to fire on civilians and he blamed a “foreign conspiracy” for the 10 month old anti-government uprising in his country. In a 100-minute speech Tuesday in the capital, Damascus, Assad said restoring security in Syria is a priority, and can be achieved More »