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'Resignations, a coup and a day of hostility. But May fights on'

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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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2018-11-14 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Secret screenings: Director Sam Abbas brings LGBTQ film to Middle Eastern audience

While the majority of the world has legalised homosexuality, the countries where it is still outlawed are concentrated in the Middle East. The subject remains contentious in the...

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2018-11-07 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Rapping with reason: Mona Haydar's music tackles racism and Islamophobia

Mona Haydar is a Syrian-American artist. She raps about Islam, her decision to wear the hijab, and racism in the US, among a host of other polarising issues. And while some have...

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2018-11-01 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Tech in the Middle East: Roxanne Varza, the Iranian-American start-up queen

This week we're joined by the Director of Station F, the world's largest start-up incubator, based here in Paris. Roxanne Varza is an Iranian-American dual national. She tells us...

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2018-10-24 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Khashoggi’s editor: His personal and professional battle

This week we speak to Karen Attiah, Jamal Khashoggi's editor at The Washington Post, as questions continue to linger over the Saudi journalist's murder. Khashoggi was one of the...

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2018-10-17 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Salim Saab: Showcasing the women of the Arab art world

This week, we're drawing attention to the women who are fighting to assert their influence in the Arab world. We're joined by one man who's doing exactly that: Franco-Lebanese...

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