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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 : 2018-06-13

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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2018-08-14 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

From Turkey to Iran: (re)inventing kebab

In this special edition, we bring you all things kebab, a dish that dates back some 790,000 years. And when it comes to the region where it has its roots, there is a moutwatering...

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2018-08-08 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Water: an issue of national security and foreign policy

This week, we shine the spotlight on the water crisis in the region. The shortages are a result of many factors, including rising temperatures, damaged infrastructure and even...

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2018-08-01 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Iranian caricaturist Nasrin Sheykhi talks about her American experience

This week we meet Iranian artist, Nasrin Sheykhi, who received an ‘Einstein visa’ to the US, despite the Muslim travel ban. The visa is often given to famous people whom the...

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2018-07-26 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Designer Nadia Atique on modest fashion and football

In this edition our guest is Nadia Atique, a British designer of Yemeni origin who's living every fashion-obsessed 30-year-old's dream. She's already been profiled by Vogue...

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2018-07-18 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

'Nation-state' bill sparks controversy in Israel

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a controversial "nation-state" bill will pass into law in the coming days. The bill has sparked intense debate, with critics...

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