The politics of a vacation in Iran

Published August 16th, 2015 - 05:15 GMT
Western tourists arrive in Tehran on October 27, 2014 by way of a luxury train on its maiden journey from Budapest, Hungary.  (AFP/Atta Kenare)
Western tourists arrive in Tehran on October 27, 2014 by way of a luxury train on its maiden journey from Budapest, Hungary. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

Podcast: should you go to Iran?  

Before the 1979 revolution, Iran was full of foreign travellers. People came for the splendors of antiquity, and for the best modern art collection in the Middle East.

But after the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, Iran’s tourism industry never fully recovered.

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Palestine’s first wave of resistance poets arrived in the 1950s with Mahmoud Darwish and Samih al Qasim paving the way. In the time that has passed since, we have come to learn new generations of Palestinians who have been raised in exile, many of them women, expressing their views through poetry, art, film and music.

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The hero of Baghdad's protests: senior Iraqi cleric saves the government - and Iraq from Iran?  

At the end of July thousands of locals took to the streets of Baghdad to protest against the lack of state services – and especially the breakdown in electricity supply, which was making their lives very difficult in summer temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius. Most of the organisers of these demonstrations were civil society activists and other prominent local personalities and their aims were clearly stated. They wanted the Ministry of Electricity reformed and an end to corruption there.

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