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Latest update : 2018-06-13

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 after it came out in Iran. The director speaks to us about the censorship laws inside the country but also outside Iranian borders and the challenges he faces every day as a filmmaker working under Islamic law.

Also, some 11 million Syrians have been forced to flee their homes since the civil conflict broke out in 2011. Today, some fear being left in permanent exile because of a law passed back in April which allows the regime of Bashar al-Assad to seize all abandoned properties.

And some 17 bushfires have been raging in Israel. According to Israeli officials, they were sparked by kites, bearing flammable materials, flown from the Gaza Strip. They say they've brought down some 500 home-made kites since the start of protests back in March.

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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2018-06-06 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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