Middle East matters

Digital repression: How Iran shut off the internet amid protests


In Iran, protesters have been clashing with security forces. Iranians have been taking to the streets to oppose an unexpected 50 percent hike in petrol prices. This measure is the latest sign of pressure on the country's economy after the re-imposition of US sanctions. Meanwhile, authorities have imposed a near-total internet shutdown in a bid to stifle the protest movement. For more, we speak to Mahsa Alimardani, Iran programme officer at the human rights organisation Article 19 and a specialist in Iran's security and internet policy.


Also, the US says it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be a violation of international law. This is a reversal of four decades of policy, further undermining the Palestinians' efforts to gain statehood. We take a look at why these settlements are so contentious. 

And years of conflict and violence have left Iraq's cultural community dwindling. However, the recent anti-government protests have revived that scene. Like activists elsewhere, protesters have been using art to fight for change. We look at a viral music video inspired by the Spanish Netflix series "La Casa de Papel". 

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