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Stories about Iran

20 July 2016

PokéStops or Stopping Poké? Iran Reacts to the Pokémon Go Phenomenon

Global Voices Advocacy

How has one of the most restricted Internet environments, with censors on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, reacted to Pokémon Go?

19 July 2016

Iranian Hardliners Want to Stop Blocking Twitter — to Defeat Saudi Propaganda

Global Voices Advocacy

Iranian hardliners, typically champions of Internet censorship, are calling on the government to stop blocking Twitter in order to counter Saudi Arabian propaganda against Iran.

12 July 2016

Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict

Global Voices Advocacy

Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

10 July 2016

She'll Get US Citizenship 60 Years After Being Adopted, But Thousands More Must Still Wait

Advocates say as many as 15,000 people who were adopted from abroad but never naturalized are waiting for legislation that would give them the chance to get documented too.

5 July 2016

Goodbye to Abbas Kiarostami, a Filmmaking Legend Whose Vision ‘Transversed His Persian Roots’

Iranian cinematic legend Abbas Kiarostami died after a battle with cancer. We asked some of his fans to share their favourite scenes from the filmmaker's body of work.

10 June 2016

Iranian Singer Habib Mohebian Memorialized on Social Media

"Even after an artist passes on, his art lives on..."

7 June 2016

The Champ in Photos: Muhammad Ali’s 1993 Trip to Iran

"I am one of literally billions of people affected by the life and actions of Muhammad Ali."

23 May 2016

The Iranian State Versus Kim Kardashian

The story is so absurd that it seems funny, at first glance. But the Iranian state's problems with Kim Kardashian are no laughing matter.

11 May 2016

Iranians Lip-Sync Their Love for Music Maestro Mohammed-Reza Shajarian in Tribute Video

"Shajarian, voice of the people of Iran: #Maestro_we_love_you #Shajarian"

7 May 2016

Iran's Shrinking Lake Urmia Comes Under the Spotlight, Thanks to Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio

"I asked if they knew what disaster would befall us if the lake were to dry up. They said, if it goes dry, we'll just have to go somewhere else."

3 May 2016

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Goes Free on World Press Freedom Day

Global Voices Advocacy

On May 3, just in time for World Press Freedom Day, Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was released from Evin Prison.

The Hot and Cold Secrets of the Persian Kitchen

"The aim of a Persian cook is to balance hot and cold ingredients...or to correct the imbalance [that is] causing trouble to an individual, with food."

1 May 2016

This Dissident Poet Says Elections and the Nuclear Pact Give Him Hope for Iran

Shahram Rafizadeh is an Iranian poet living in exile outside Toronto. He still watches political events closely back home in Iran, and he’s holding out hope for change.

26 April 2016

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani's Prison Sentence Reduced From 12 Years to 18 Months

Global Voices Advocacy

"To my cartooning colleagues around the world: let's keep watching and speaking out for Atena Farghadani."

22 April 2016

The Iranian Physicist Jailed for Refusing to Work on Nukes Is Dying Behind Bars

For a brief moment on April 21, world attention shifted to the physicist who's spent the past five years in prison for refusing to work on Iran's nuclear program.

21 April 2016

Iranian Journalist Omid Memarian: ‘Turning Explosive Anger Into Something Constructive Is an Art’

The Bridge

"In Iran, you don’t need to go after the authorities to get into trouble. By merely following the common sense line and raising simple questions you could be targeted."

14 April 2016

From Heartwarming to Hilarious, 6 Things People Are Sharing About Iran and Persian Culture on Social Media

"...now I fight against those who want to drag Iran into regression. With the hopes for the day when we can all...have a higher tolerance for each other."

12 April 2016

Tajikistan and Iran: Bound by a Shared Heritage, Torn by a Shared Mistrust

Relations between the two countries appear back on track after a winter of discontent. Or are they?

11 April 2016

Iranian Blogger Struggles for Health and Freedom After 18 Days on Hunger Strike

Global Voices Advocacy

Anti-censorship activist and blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has been on hunger strike since March 26, and his health is deteriorating rapidly.

9 April 2016

‘They Call Me Haj Agha'—Gaming Iran's Revolution

Game designer Navid Khonsari tells the story of Iran's 1979 revolution in a game. "Making a game like this offers the opportunity to portray history...with shades of gray."

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