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Stories about Iran

Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert freed from Iranian jail in prisoner swap

"It’s far past time for democratic allies — indeed all responsible governments — to work together to end state sponsored hostage taking once and for all, beginning with #Iran"

Ali Banisadr and the art of ‘Visual Thinking’

Ali Banisadr's MATRIX 185 exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the Iranian-American artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the US.

New book tells stories of suffering and resistance from Iran’s female prisons

In "White Torture," Narges Mohammadi interviews 12 female political prisoners—and shares her own experiences in an Iranian jail, where she spent eight and a half years.

Melbourne academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert remains a ‘political hostage’ inside Iran’s Qarchak prison

"Whatever the governments of #Australia and the #UK are doing to free their citizen, Kylie Moore-Gilbert from prison in #Iran, it’s failing miserably. This innocent woman should be free."

In Assad-controlled Syria, the official narrative is ‘no COVID-19 cases’

In order to maintain a facade of control, the Assad regime does whatever it takes to deny the presence of COVID-19 in the territories it controls.

Information warfare: COVID-19’s other battleground in the Middle East

As leaders vie to frame narratives and control public opinion on COVID-19, social media is a battlefield where influencers, trolls, bots, and commenter armies fight for influence and power.

The magic of paper and ink: A conversation with Iranian-American artist Hadieh Shafie

Born in Iran and raised in the US, Hadieh Shafie is fascinated with reimagining the book form, drawing textual forms and exploring color and its emotive power.

Desecration of three religious sites in Iran signal the Islamic Republic's continued oppression of minorities

"Pressure on religious minorities has also taken the form of persecution of individuals by accusing them of promoting 'propaganda against the Islamic Republic or 'belonging to hostile groups.

Iran fails to contain COVID-19 as internal political clashes prevent a timely and unified response

Iran is one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19, thanks in part to political disagreements and a lack of coordination among government authorities.

Coronavirus and surveillance technology: How far will governments go?

''While surveillance technologies and measures may give the public a sense of security in controlling the spread of the virus, we must remain mindful and vigilant of their continued use...

Two Iranian rights activists revisit the November 2019 internet shutdown

“Hundreds of protestors were killed in a matter of three days and most of the world was not aware of what happened.’’

To apply for a national ID card in Iran, members of ‘unrecognized’ religious minorities now need to deny their faith

The removal of the "other religions" option from the national ID card application form essentially bars members of certain religious minorities from full citizenship.

‘An interplay between Western and Eastern Cultures': Two art exhibitions on cultural collisions

In October 2019 in Brooklyn, New York, two women artists from Iran and Pakistan exhibited new bodies of work in which they portrayed the interplay between Western and Eastern cultures

Scenes from Ma'shour: On the brutal suppression of protests in an Iranian city

"In the days after the horrific incident, the stench of charred corpses in the marshes remained so strong that it reached across the city."

‘Creating Suspension Between Contradictory States': An interview with artist Parastou Forouhar

"I try to create the potential for suspension between contradictory states that will emotionally and psychologically engage viewers and make them ask questions."

Iran protests: Flying bullets and internet shutdown

The current protests are more widespread, more diverse in terms of class, and characterized by a brutal government response that includes a near-total shutdown of the internet.

Why is Pakistan trying to broker Iran-Saudi peace talks?

Despite many unresolved domestic issues, Pakistan's role towards brokering an Iran-Saudi peace talk is being widely criticized at home and abroad.

Iran’s drive to block international services continues with Google Play ban

The decision to block Google Play is consistent with the authorities' strategy to foist home-grown Iranian apps and services on Iranian internet users and limit the availability of international services. 

Winning a literary award won't set you free: An interview with author and asylum-seeker Behrooz Boochani

Australia's detention camps whistleblower describes conditions as hellish

Iran's invisible children

"Given the Islamic Republic’s history of discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, this lack of infrastructure, economic negligence and the depth of poverty appears intentional..."

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