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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

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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2018-09-19 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Rapper I-NZ's 'This is Iraq': When music gets political

This week, we meet Dubai-based Iraqi rapper I-NZ. Earlier this summer, he released a song about what has happened to his country since the US-led invasion in 2003. "This is...

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2018-09-12 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

War in Syria: Hezbollah's secret soldiers

Since it began seven years ago, Syria's civil conflict has drawn in multiple foreign powers. Among them are Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah forces, who have helped prop up the...

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2018-09-05 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Yemen in crisis: More than 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid

It's been dubbed the forgotten war, and today multiple factions are entangled in Yemen's ongoing conflict. For three years, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states have been...

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2018-08-29 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Tortured Syrian cartoonist haunted by detention

Syrian artist Najah Albukai was held twice in the country's notorious detention centres, where he was tortured. His memories of war have become his art. Today, he's determined to...

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2018-08-23 MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Mosul girls learn to swim a year after city’s liberation from IS group

It's been just over a year since the Iraqi city of Mosul was liberated from the Islamic State group. Some 870,000 people have since returned to their hometown in a bid to rebuild...

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