Results for Category: Iran

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Education in Iran: Opportunities and Challenges

Today, the Iranian education system presents both opportunities and challenges. It is clear that the system, and in particular higher education, is facing challenges both externally and internally. Internally, hardline factions of the regime see higher education as an ideological tool; externally, sanctions imposed by the West. Despite these challenges, Iran’s education system seems to be dynamic especially in scientific and engineering subjects.

Iran’s Media Landscape: An Overview

The early 21st century media environment fluctuated between periods of relative openness and restriction. However, any initial optimism was ultimately quashed following the events of the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests, which prompted a government crackdown on dissenting media voices. Foreign journalists were temporarily expelled and a mass arrest campaign was undertaken to target domestic reporters. The government of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also sought to dramatically cut subsidies underpinning the country’s more liberal newspapers.

Despite Ailing Health, Imprisoned Journalist Isa Saharkhiz Continues to Criticize Iranian Regime

Isa Saharkhiz, Iranian journalist and political activist, was arrested several times for his open criticism of the Islamic Republic. There are now serious concerns for his health. Although he suffers from several ailments, prison authorities refuse him access to the medical treatment required to improve his poor physical state. Saharkhiz is an outspoken critic of the policies of the Islamic Republic. Dubbed a reformist, he is now caught up in the escalating factional in-fighting that has the hardliners targeting all political and intellectual leaders

New Audio File Reignites Human Rights Debate in Iran

Human rights abuses by the revolutionary forces, including the execution of political prisoners, started immediately upon Khomeini’s return to Iran in 1979 after 15 years in exile. They have been a constant feature of the country’s social and political life ever since. Today, Iran holds the dubious title of having the second-highest number of executions in the world after China (the highest, if calculated per capita).