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Stories about Iran

16 December 2016

Student Leaders Spark Hope for Change on Iran’s National Student Day

The Bridge

"Iran’s civil society and student movements remain a ray of hope, and indeed pride, for a nation that continues to struggle for change."

8 December 2016

The Thin Line Between Political Censorship and Fighting Fake News in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

Iran wants to regulate social-media news accounts with more than 5,000 followers because of the dangers of fake news. But what about the danger to free speech?

1 December 2016

Talking to Hooman Majd, a Bridge Between Iran and the US Mainstream

The Bridge

"Iran is not uniquely paradoxical: what's unique is that most people don’t know about Iran."

25 November 2016

From Tehran to Manhattan, One Fashion Shoot at a Time

The Bridge

Had fashion photographer Kourosh Sotoodeh pursued his profession in Iran, he might well have been among those arrested in recent crackdowns. Luckily for him, he made it to New York.

In Iran, the Kurdish Struggle Remains in the Shadows

The Bridge

The Kurdish struggle remains one of the most compelling storylines of the Middle East. The Kurds of Iran are active, but often ignored by the international community.

16 November 2016

The World According to Russian Stereotypes

RuNet Echo

RuNet Echo explores popular stereotypes about foreigners gleaned from autocomplete suggestions generated by the website Yandex, Russia’s most popular Internet search engine.

15 November 2016

Smog Engulfs Tehran—Again

Iran's capital is under its annual smog warning, and hardliners are claiming the failed Rouhani administration are slowly killing its citizens.

10 November 2016

Possible Trump Cabinet Members’ Links to the MEK Cult Could Spell Trouble for Iran

The Bridge

A Donald Trump presidency and the closeness of some of the president-elect's key allies with the militant group MEK could mean a worrying shift in the US position on Iran.

7 November 2016

To Some Iranians Watching the US Elections, Democracy Really Seems Like a House of Cards

The Bridge

For some Iranians the 2016 US presidential elections has been shadowed by a demagoguery they know only too well from their own political sphere's struggles for democracy.

4 November 2016

Iran’s Keywan Karimi: The Filmmaker as Graffiti Artist

The Bridge

Working under threat of imprisonment for practicing his craft, Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi has turned the difficult conditions of artistic production into an aesthetic.

3 November 2016

Indian Shooter Heena Sidhu Says ‘No’ to Iran's Hijab Rule, and Social Media Rallies Behind Her

"Heena Sidhu pulls out of the Asian Airgun Championships in Iran because of a compulsory hijab rule. A ridiculous rule. And, a brave stance."

‘My Life for Iran': The 4th Anniversary of Iranian Activist Sattar Beheshti's Death

Global Voices Advocacy

Sattar Beheshti has come to embody the spirit of resistance in Iran, in an ongoing struggle against freedom of expression and government repression.

31 October 2016

Iran Is Poised to Limit Press Freedom Even More Than It Already Does

Global Voices Advocacy

The government of President Rouhani is preparing two bills that media experts and journalists say could further erode press freedom and freedom of expression in Iran.

28 October 2016

Hello Vodafone: What Does It Mean When a Global Telco Giant Enters Iran?

Global Voices Advocacy

Vodafone's partnership with an Iranian telco is a welcome improvement to the local telecommunications market. But the potential for complicity between Vodafone and Iran's surveillance infrastructure is hard to ignore.

10 October 2016

Reality, Conspiracy and the US ‘Internet Freedom’ Agenda: Deconstructing Iran's Case Against Nizar Zakka

Global Voices Advocacy

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen was arrested and sentenced to 10 years in prison by Iranian for leading U.S. funded projects in Iran. We deconstruct this situation.

6 October 2016

Netizen Report: Open Source Developers Endure Long Prison Sentences, And Worse

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

3 October 2016

Help End the Imprisonment of Iranian Web Developer Saeed Malekpour

Global Voices Advocacy

Saeed Malekpour was arrested and jailed in 2008 over someone else's use of his open source code to upload pornographic material to the Internet.

30 September 2016

An Iranian-Canadian Academic Is Released, but Iran's Crackdown on Women's Rights Activists Continues

Efforts to increase women's participation in February's parliamentary elections were met with a campaign of repression from hardline institutions in Iran.

28 September 2016

A Lavish Iranian TV Series Revises the History of the 1953 Coup for the Post-Nuclear Deal Age

The Bridge

Iran's 1953 coup d'état is widely depicted as a rupture in the modern history of Iran. It is also a Pandora’s box filled with contested narratives.

23 September 2016

Iran Executes Hundreds of People Each Year in Its UN-Funded War on Drugs

Those who are executed are often individuals who are marginalized in Iranian society, such as undocumented migrants and refugees from neighbouring Afghanistan and ethnic and religious minorities.

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