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Iranian women undress to protest their role as second-class citizens

 
A group of Iranian women living abroad have recorded a video message in which they defend women’s rights – while topless. One of the women tells us more about why she participated. Read more…
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Three Iranians discuss their hopes for Iran’s parliamentary elections

 
On March 2, Iranians will head to the polls for the first time since the highly controversial presidential election three years ago, which led to massive street protests and a bloody crackdown. This time, they will be choosing the country’s next parliament. However, they will have little in the way of choice – the opposition is largely staying away from this poll. Our Observers in Iran tell us whether or not they will go vote and why. Read more...

Iranian students fight to preserve mixed-gender universities

 
Co-education is on they way to becoming banned in many Iranian universities. Students at a university where this ban is already in place are fighting to try to get the authorities to go back on their decision. Read more...
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The women behind Tehran’s mysterious ‘Ladies in Red’

 
Every day, a woman dressed in red from head to toe stands in Tehran’s Ferdowsi Square, seemingly waiting for someone. Read more...

Iranian police clash with protesters… fighting for a lake

Iranian activists tried to stage a demonstration in the northwest of the country last week, but were met with a heavy police presence that led to violent clashes. Their cause? The country’s biggest lake, which they say is at risk of disappearing. Read more…

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Iran arrests youths for playing with water

 
Colourful plastic guns, soaked clothes and soap-laden headscarves… The giant festive water fights organised by Iranian youths are not to the taste of the country’s authorities. One young participant tells of his arrest and questioning by Iran’s morality police. Read his account…
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Highway-turned-waterway is the laughing stock of Iran

 
It was meant to speed up inner-city traffic, but on rainy days, the brand-new expressway in the central Iranian city of Rafsanjan turns into a giant urban waterfall, according to our Observers. They say the road is an example of botched engineering and construction work at its worst. Read more…
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