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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 : 2018-03-07

Residents of Syria's Eastern Ghouta share footage of daily bombings

A bloody battle has been raging in Syria's Eastern Ghouta since mid-February, with 400,000 civilians caught in the crossfire. One young Syrian, 15-year-old Muhammad Najem, has been using social media to share videos of the daily bombardments. Even his school wasn't spared from the shelling by Syrian and Russian forces, who are trying to drive the anti-regime rebels out of the enclave.

In Egypt, the act of blasphemy is already illegal. The conservative nation has now proposed a bill that would also officially prohibit Egyptians from not believing in God. A parliamentary commission has even ruled that atheism can cause "mental imbalances", which in turn lead to homosexuality.

Religion is also an issue in Israel, where a tax row recently shut down one of the holiest sites in the world for Christians: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After three days of closure, Israeli officials backed down. Our correspondent takes a look back at the dispute.

Finally, France's foreign minister has been to Iran to inaugurate an exhibition of items on loan from the Louvre in Paris. Around 50 artworks are being loaned to Tehran's National Museum of Iran for the occasion.

By Sanam SHANTYAEI , Stéphanie CHEVAL , Camille FEVRIER


2018-06-12 Iran

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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2018-06-05 Israel

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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2018-05-29 Iran

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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2018-05-22 Iraq

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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2018-05-15 Jerusalem

US embassy in Jerusalem: The story of the 1995 law behind the move

This week, Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign promise and transferred the US embassy to Jerusalem. The move sparked deadly protests on the border with Gaza - dozens of...

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