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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 : 2018-03-07

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

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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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