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18.05.2021

The Roots of Violence – episode 2 – Iran 1952 to 2001

The Roots of Violence – episode 2 – Iran 1952 to 2001

Welcome to the second in our series of interviews in which we look at the Middle East region and try to understand better what is going on there. The view from the West is that it is a very violent and dangerous place. There is an ongoing war in Yemen… »

02.05.2021

The Roots of Violence – episode 1 – Iran 1952 to 2001

The Roots of Violence – episode 1 – Iran 1952 to 2001

Welcome to the first in what we hope will be a series of interviews in which we look at the Middle East region and try to understand better what is going on there. The view from the West is that it is a very violent and dangerous place. There is… »

20.04.2021

Iran’s Shift to the East

Iran’s Shift to the East

With oil purchases and agreements of cooperation, China ensures long-term influence in Iran. Berlin and Brussels lose out due to US sanctions. Berlin and the EU could permanently lose out on political influence and substantial business deals in Iran, due to new agreements between Iran and China, on the one… »

20.04.2021

(Ramadan amidst the Covid 19 Pandemic) An Interview with Tandis Taghavi

(Ramadan amidst the Covid 19 Pandemic) An Interview with Tandis Taghavi

(First Interview of a Four-Part Series)     by Genevieve Balance-Kupang Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim siblings! Greetings of a blessed observance of the holy month of Ramadan. I am one with you as you tender intense prayer, do fasting and charitable works, carry out your recitation of the… »

04.04.2021

The story of the Iranian new year, Nowruz, and why its themes of renewal and healing matter

The story of the Iranian new year, Nowruz, and why its themes of renewal and healing matter

ANCESTRAL CULTURE         by Pardis Mahdavi As the days grow longer and the flowers start to bloom, my 5-year-old gets excited and exclaims, “Nowruz is coming.” Nowruz – or “new day” in English – is the Iranian new year. Celebrated at the exact moment of the spring… »

27.02.2021

Biden: Stop Bombing Syria!

Biden: Stop Bombing Syria!

Condemn the Biden administration’s bombing of Syria and tell Biden to immediately de-escalate. We need peace in the Middle East! Dear President Biden, We vigorously oppose your February 25 bombing of Syria. Syria is a sovereign nation. The militia you targeted poses absolutely no threat to the United States and… »

28.11.2020

Middle East Treaty Organization statement on the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Middle East Treaty Organization statement on the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

The Middle East Treaty Organization (METO) condemns in the strongest terms the assassination of the Iranian scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh as reported in the media today. Iran has alleged that this crime has been carried out by Israeli agents, and other reports suggest that it has possibly been condoned by the… »

24.11.2020

Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to reverse Trump’s deals with the Middle East

Ilhan Omar calls on Biden to reverse Trump’s deals with the Middle East

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has called America’s allies in the Gulf “dictators” and said that agreements between regional states and Israel are not “peace deals”. Omar made her comments in an article in The Nation. Calling on President-elect Joe Biden to reverse President Donald… »

18.09.2020

Iran’s #MeToo Movement Challenges Patriarchy and Western Stereotypes

Iran’s #MeToo Movement Challenges Patriarchy and Western Stereotypes

Viewpoint by Sara Tafakori* t has been called an Iranian #MeToo movement, and it is. Thousands of women in Iran – and some men – are going online to speak about the sexual assault and harassment they experienced. What is crucially important, at what promises to be a historic turning… »

17.09.2020

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Iran’s secular shift: new survey reveals huge changes in religious beliefs

Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution was a defining event that changed how we think about the relationship between religion and modernity. Ayatollah Khomeini’s mass mobilisation of Islam showed that modernisation by no means implies a linear process of religious decline. Reliable large-scale data on Iranians’ post-revolutionary religious beliefs, however, has always… »

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