Iran

Iranian musicians start using the streets as a stage

 
Until recently, it was highly unusual to see musicians playing in the streets of Iran. But over the past year, they’ve become a rather common sight – and they’re not all trying to make money. Many established artists are doing this just for fun, says our Observer, who has catalogued this trend by posting hundreds of videos of street musicians on Facebook. Read more...
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Banned from sports stadiums, Iranian women get creative

 
Though most of the world is fixated on football right now, in Iran, people are more focused on volleyball. The Iranian national team, which has been playing very well, is drawing crowds in Tehran. The public is made up entirely of men, since the religious police forbid Iranian women from entering the stadiums. Some of them, however, have found created ways to get in. Read more...
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Iranian students create drone that saves lives instead of dropping bombs

When the words ‘Iran’ and ‘drone’ are mentioned in the same sentence, it is usually to evoke Iranian military tests or the spectre of war with the US or Israel. But an Iranian inventor is upending that idea. He and his team have created a drone that is dedicated entirely to saving lives. Read more...

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Afghan migrants offered $500 by Iran to fight for Syrian regime

 
Iran has been accused of recruiting and sending Afghanistan’s Shia Muslims to fight alongside the Assad regime in war-torn Syria. Afghan migrants say they are being trained and deployed by the country’s notorious Revolutionary Guards. Two Afghans tell us more…

Iranian Internet users are far from “Happy”

Many Iranians have not forgiven their regime for imprisoning for two days the young men and women who had lip-synced Pharrell Williams’ hit song “Happy” in Tehran. Moreover, even though the actors were released (after being forced to disavow their video), the clip’s creator is still in jail. As a result, new videos are taking an inverted approach to the famous song, accusing the Iranian government of infringing its citizens’ right to be “happy”. Read more...

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Threat of rape used to pressure women in Iran to wear hijab

Our Observers in Iran tell us that a disturbing photo of a mutilated woman has been widely circulated via text message, accompanied by threats of rape for women who do not wear headscarves and conservative clothing. This comes at a time when an increasing number of Iranian women are pushing back against the Islamic Republic’s compulsory dress code. Read more...

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The mysterious origins of Iran's animated anti-Israel films

 
It’s an all-out war between Iran and Israel – in cartoon form. And Iran is winning, at least according to a string of explosion-filled propaganda films the country continues to release. Though Hassan Rohani’s government has sought to somewhat assuage tensions with Israel, these 3D animated films, which first appeared under his predecessor’s reign, keep on coming.  Read more...
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