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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Separating art from war in Iran

    • William Gourlay
    • 26 April 2012
    3 Comments

    Sabre rattling, both by the Iranian leadership and by Western politicians and pundits, dominates the headlines and steers public discourse about Iran. A recent film, and a current art exhibition, remind us of the country's 'rich and ancient culture that has been hidden under the heavy dust of politics'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Modernising Islam

    • William Gourlay
    • 18 October 2011
    16 Comments

    First appearing in 1906, the islamic periodical Molla Nasreddin displayed a sardonic and satirical take on women's rights, the role of religion in society and government, press freedom and education. The Arab Spring is the latest expression of this forestalled progressive sentiment.

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  • MEDIA

    'Perverted' Sharia slaps artistic freedom

    • Ellena Savage
    • 14 October 2011
    3 Comments

    Marzieh Vafamehr, the Iranian actor awaiting corporal punishment in Iran for acting in a subversive Australian film, is the victim of a legal system that has abandoned any pretence to public interest. I'm drawn to this case as I, too, am a young woman forging my own way in the arts.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Quitting Afghanistan cold turkey

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 25 May 2011
    7 Comments

    President Obama appears to have given in to domestic pressure for prompt withdrawal from Afghanistan. But a complete withdrawal could have major ramifications for the region and ultimately for US interests.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The westernisation of Asian beauty

    • Ellena Savage
    • 04 February 2011
    8 Comments

    In many Asian cultures paleness is an indication of class and beauty. But why would Asian women want to look like Pamela Anderson? For the same reason white women do: there's a globalised beauty standard that is gendered, racialised, and hierarchical.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Kevin Rudd's Iran problem

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 24 February 2010
    8 Comments

    Australia is committed to nuclear non-proliferation, and the 'Iran problem' offers a chance for the Government to demonstrate its commitment to its ally, the US. This is tricky as Rudd came to office on a wave of anti-war backlash against Australia's commitment to the Iraq war.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why people power won't reform Iran

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 23 June 2009
    3 Comments

    The disappointment of Iran's youths at the obviously rigged election results is now being played out in the streets in open defiance of the regime. Unfortunately the Islamic regime is in no mood to compromise.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The most expensive bananas in Thailand

    • Harry Nicolaides
    • 09 June 2009
    7 Comments

    Harry Nicolaides was a prisoner at Bangkok Remand Prison from September 2008 to February 2009, held on charges of lèse majesté. There he met Benny Moafi, who is serving a 22-year sentence for a crime he did not commit.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film of the week

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 21 August 2008

    One was shot on location in Pakistan by an amateur Sydney filmmaker. The other is a cartoon made by an Iranian expatriate about life in Tehran. What do such different films have to tell us about humanity in the Middle East?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ideology not Iran's main game

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 06 March 2008
    2 Comments

    Iran is presented as an irrational actor, blinded by fanatical rage against the United States and its allies. But geo-strategic factors govern foreign policy-making in Tehran, just as they do in other states.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hope for Iran in rise of moderate Rafsanjani

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 22 January 2007
    1 Comment

    The ascendancy of Hashemi Rafsanjani, who recently won the most votes in elections for the Council of Experts, is seen as a vote of no confidence in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tenure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iran plays the justice card

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 18 May 2006
    5 Comments

    Dr Shahram Akbarzadeh considers the historical context of the current nuclear impasse, and its relevance for relations between East and West.  

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