Iran

Iran is no country for pet dogs

 
Owning a dog has always been tricky in Iran, where Islamic authorities frown upon this “western” behaviour. But it's now become near-impossible. Indeed dog owners who are caught walking their pets are almost guaranteed never to see them again. Read more...
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Iranian ayatollah’s funeral turns into anti-regime protest

 
Ayatollah Taheri, a cleric close to Iran’s reformist movement, was laid to rest on Tuesday in the central Iranian city of Isfahan. Just 10 days ahead of Iran’s presidential election, the funeral procession quickly turned into a protest, with participants chanting slogans against the government and in favour of opposition leaders. Read more…
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Women skirt Iranian music ban with fancy dress

 
They are famous singers, but nobody ever recognizes them in the street. In their music videos, you only see their back, their feet, their silhouette outlined behind curtains, or their reflections in a lake; those who show their faces disguise themselves with big sunglasses, heavy face paint, or colorful masks. Read more...
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Headscarves and long tunics don’t stop Iranian women from practising parkour

 
Despite having to practise in unwieldy clothing – not to mention having to stay on the lookout for police - Iranian women are getting into the sport of parkour. Some even create videos in which they show off their skills, and post them online. One of these brave women tells us about the challenges of practising parkour in an Islamic republic. Read more...
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Outcry in Iran after police punish man by dressing him like a woman

 
An unusual punishment has shocked many in Iran. On April 15, police paraded a convicted criminal through the northwestern city of Marivan dressed in traditional Kurdish women’s clothing. This has prompted protests in the streets, online, and even in Iran’s parliament. Read more...

Dancing to defy the Iranian regime

 
Like every year, on April 2, Iranians celebrated Sizdeh Bedar, a popular holiday that has survived despite the Islamic republic’s attempts to get rid of it. Men and women danced and sang songs to keep this centuries-old tradition alive, but also to defy the regime and its draconian laws. Read more...
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A tale of two Iranian cities, battling for water

 
Outraged that precious water from their local river is being diverted, last week a group of farmers in Isfahan, Iran destroyed a pump channelling water to the city of Yazd. They’ve been guarding the pump day and night ever since, refusing to let the authorities fix it. Meanwhile, residents of Yazd are suffering from a severe water shortage, leading to fears of unrest there. Read more…
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“Taxi Driver” rap song vents about poverty in Iran

 
Emad Ghavidel is an up-and-coming rapper whose songs focus on the ills afflicting Iranian society. In his latest hit, “Taxi Driver,” which is making the rounds online, he raps about the daily difficulties faced by the Iranian working class. Read more...
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Dramatic video appears to show Iranian gas platform sinking

 
A video that has recently surfaced online shows a gas exploration platform collapsing into the ocean, with at least a dozen panicked workers jumping or falling into the rough waters. This dramatic video has been shared all over Iranian social networks, and tallies with reports form Iranian media explaining that a gas platform sunk into the Persian Gulf last Tuesday. Read more...
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