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Political and social events from the Middle East, with exclusive reports and interviews. Tuesday at 5.45 pm Paris time.

Latest update : 2018-02-21

Iranian singer Sepideh Jandaghi: The trapped voice

This week, we cross to Tehran to speak to Sepideh Jandaghi, a singer with 12 years of training in traditional Iranian music. Despite gaining thousands of followers on social media, Sepideh feels her career has hit a dead end. That's because Iranian women have been banned from singing or playing musical instruments solo since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. She tells us more about the challenges she faces.

Also, more than six months after Iraq proclaimed the defeat of the Islamic State group, the country is on a path to rebuild. In a conference held in Kuwait earlier this month, some $30 billion were pledged by international donors to reconstruct the war-torn country. That's only a third of what Baghdad estimates it will need in the long term. Our reporters Oriane Verdier and Simona Foltyn have been to one Iraqi city, which has now been liberated for years but remains largely in ruins.

Finally, it's not quite a declaration of war but the threats are getting increasingly vocal. Israel has said it's prepared to take on Iran and Hezbollah in the ongoing Syrian conflict. For Tehran, this is yet another war of words, with Tel Aviv using "aggression as a policy against its neighbours." We take a closer look.

By Jeanne LAVENANT , Camille FEVRIER , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Sanam SHANTYAEI

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2018-06-20 Jeanne LAVENANT

Khaled Diab: Debunking myths about Islam

This week our special guest is Khaled Diab, an Egyptian journalist based in Tunisia. He's an atheist Arab of Muslim upbringing. With Islam being one of the most controversial,...

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2018-06-13 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian film director Kahani on a flourishing industry amid censorship

This week, Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani joins us on Middle East Matters. He tells us about his new feature "Absolute Rest", which has been released in Europe, three years...

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2018-06-06 Jeanne LAVENANT

Israel's targeted assassinations: Revealing the Mossad's methods

This week our special guest is Ronen Bergman. He joins us from Tel Aviv to talk about his book, "Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations". The...

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2018-05-30 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iranian female kickboxer Farinaz Lari on conquering the ring

Boxers Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson are among the world's most famous athletes. But can you name a female boxer off the top of your head? Joining us from Vancouver is Farinaz...

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2018-05-23 Jeanne LAVENANT

Iraq: Children of Fallujah try to rebuild their lives

In Iraq, the Islamic State group has been run out of Fallujah, a city which it ruled with an iron fist for two-and-a-half years. Fallujah was the scene of some of the fiercest...

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