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Stories about Iran

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."

6 April 2016

Iran's Headscarf Laws Collide With the Women of Air France

Air France's women have demanded the right to work the Paris-Tehran route, if headscarves are required, and the Facebook community “My Stealthy Freedom” is supporting their protest with a new...

3 April 2016

#IamSyrian, a Campaign to Make Every Syrian Proud

Moustafa Jacob, a Syrian artist, used the Oscars to kick off his campaign #IamSyrian. Little did he know that this initiative would snowball to showcase international solidarity with Syrians.

1 April 2016

Mob Destroys Parked Cars During Iranian Man's ‘Schindler's List’ Movie Night

"A few moments later we realized the noises we thought were part of the film were coming from outside the building."

29 March 2016

Despite Claims of Tortured Baha'i Inmates, Iran Takes No Action

The Baha’i community is one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran. Their faith is not recognized by the Islamic Republic’s constitution, and the community's members face severe discrimination.

22 March 2016

From Goldfish to Swan Candles: 11 Memorable Images of Persian New Year

Eleven great images of Persian New Year displays (Haft-Seens), North American leaders rolling their Rs, and a video greeting from a master musician.

17 March 2016

A List of Hope: Is Electoral Politics All That’s Left for the Iranian Opposition?

The primary question, to vote or not to vote, sparked a lot of debate in the February 2016 Iranian elections for parliament and Assembly of Experts.

16 March 2016

In Iran, It's Norooz Tradition to Jump Over Fire for Good Luck

Chaharshanbe Suri or Red Wednesday is an evening of bonfire jumping and fireworks in Iran which marks the beginning of new year celebrations.

25 February 2016

Fearing Foreign Influence, Iran's Hardliners Bash the BBC Ahead of Legislative Elections

"Those that claim that foreign media is supporting the reformists are charlatans."

22 February 2016

Iranian Newspapers Document Abuse and Mistreatment of Afghan School Children

“There’s no official directive condoning physical violence against Afghan students. The problem is society’s views.”

17 February 2016

How the Diplomatic Crisis Between Iran and Saudi Arabia Killed Sara Masry’s Blog

The diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran has meant the end of Saudi citizen Sara Masry's blog, launched after seven months of studying in Tehran.

13 February 2016

Finally, a Wall to Unite People, Not Divide Them

Throughout history, walls have been a symbol of separation, segregation, and division. But a new phenomenon called the “wall of kindness” is doing just the opposite.

11 February 2016

Netizen Report: The EU Wrestles With Facebook Over Privacy

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.

10 February 2016

After Revealing Workplace Sexual Harassment, an Iranian Newscaster Says It's ‘Time to Break Free’

Sheen Shirani has reportedly fled the country after posting evidence on Facebook that her bosses sexually harassed her. The case highlights the precariousness of women's roles in Iran's professional settings.

9 February 2016

Iranian Couples Are Increasingly Living Together Outside of Marriage

A look at why young Iranian couples are choosing to live together unmarried despite going against the law.

1 February 2016

Following Prisoner Deal, Iranian Nobel Laureate Calls on Tehran to ‘Make Peace With Its Own People’

While expressing joy at Iran’s recent release of four imprisoned Iranian-Americans, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the Iranian government to “make peace with its own people.”

27 January 2016

Netizen Report: Change is on the Horizon for Iran. But Let’s Not Forget Human Rights.

Global Voices Advocacy

Protesters in Poland say no to unchecked surveillance, Kuwait tightens laws on critical speech, and an exiled Bangladeshi blogger tells his story.

Did a Text Message Lead to the Arrest of This Recently Released Iranian-American Prisoner?

Global Voices Advocacy

Another prisoner released in the swaps, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, appears to have been arrested to due to mass surveillance by Iranian authorities. His SMS messages were surveilled.

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