Second wave? Iran eases Covid-19 lockdown
07 May 2020 | 12:28 pm
A choice between lives and livelihoods? Iranian authorities have gradually been easing confinement since April 11, this in a nation hit early and hard by Covid-19. Did they have to reopen mosques? Could they afford to keep the sanctions-squeezed country in lockdown and risk a complete collapse of the economy or does opening it up make it worse? Already there are signs of a resurgence of coronavirus. The show features Sanam Shantyaei's exclusive interview with a frontline medic in Tehran while Esfandyar Batmanghelidj and Behnam Ben Taleblu disagree on whether the US should ease sanctions.
8 Oct 2020
Mohammad Mahdi Bakhshi is an incredibly talented five and a half-year-old boy who lives in Tehran, the capital of Iran. The young Athlete is an amputee, having lost both of his legs due to a condition which affected the growth of his ankles and toes, requiring interventional surgery by medical professionals.
10 Oct 2020
The US has blacklisted key Iranian banks in a sweeping clampdown on country's financial sector. Iran's top diplomat Javad Zarif accused Washington of trying to "blow up our remaining channels to pay for food & medicine."
17 Oct 2020
I try to take my pains and turn them into art. So says Mana Neyestani, an Iranian cartoonist who lives in exile here in France. He fled Iran whilst awaiting trial after he draw a cartoon deemed highly offensive by Azeris living in northwestern Iran. He insists he never meant any offence in the cartoon. As his new book "Trois Heures" (Three Hours) comes out, he spoke to us about its inspiration: a three-hour wait at Paris's Orly airport with nothing but a refugee travel document.
16 Oct 2020
Film critic Lisa Nesselson talks to Eve Jackson about prize winning Iranian film "Yalda: A Night for Forgiveness" inspired by a reality TV show and "The Trial of the Chicago 7" directed by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who made "Molly's Game" with Jessica Chastain.
30 Oct 2020
Ravaged by drought, the vast Jutucuma lake and its neighbouring Ticamaya in northern Honduras have completely disappeared. Local residents -- many of whom used to fish in the lakes and profit from tourism in the local area -- have now lost their livelihoods.
13 Nov 2020
Nasrin Sotoudeh is a women's rights attorney and winner of the prestigious Sakharov Prize. Over the years, she has become a voice for the voiceless, representing children, Iran's persecuted minority communities, as well as leading opponents of the death penalty. Back in 2019, the jailed 57-year-old was sentenced again, for defending women who had removed their hijabs. Last week, she was temporarily released on furlough to receive medical treatment. All that and more has been depicted in a new film, "Nasrin". We speak to Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross, who are behind the four-year project.
12 Dec 2020
There is only one known Iranian in Gaza -- an ageing former bodyguard to longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat who dreams only of returning home, but finds himself stuck in the enclave.
27 Dec 2020
Iranian women are expected to wear veils in public — and also ads. A recent clip featuring a woman without the hijab has led authorities to sanction its producers. Why does the veil play such a central role in Iran?
21 Jan 2021
Former Trump adviser John Bolton has criticized the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, saying it was based on a "flat-out lie." He also slammed the outgoing president for failing to bring down the Iranian regime.
20 Feb 2021
Iranian diplomat Assadolah Assadi was convicted of attempted terrorism Thursday by a court in Belgium for his role in a 2018 bomb plot targeting an Iranian opposition group in France. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
27 Feb 2021
An Iranian judoka who fled to Germany in fear of his life will compete in Israel this weekend. The Islamic Republic hit out at Saied Mollaei, who will represent Mongolia at the tournament in Tel Aviv.
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