Standing up to taboos: Meet the blogger breaking down cultural barriers

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Faiza Rammuny is a Palestinian-American blogger who tackles regional taboos with humour. She takes on topics like the importance of reputation in Middle-Eastern society, judgement of women based on a different value system to men, pressure to get married, hijab and, you guessed it, virginity.

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Meanwhile, in Iran, British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been sentenced to yet another year in prison. She has also been blocked from leaving the country over the next 12 months. This on charges of propaganda against the regime. The 43-year-old was previously in prison on spying charges, which she and her employer, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, have repeatedly denied. Some observers and rights groups call this “hostage-taking as a foreign policy” by Iran.

Finally, several nights of unrest have taken place between Israeli police and Palestinians in Jerusalem. This after barriers were put up outside Damascus Gate, blocking access to Muslims during Ramadan.

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