Iran

The Mullahs’ inroads into social media

Iran is often named as the least free land in matters of freedom of speech on internet. Low speed connections and blocked sites are just a couple of examples of how the government attempts to strangle internet. An anonymous journalist from Iran writes for The Dissident Blog about the country’s paradox internet censorship.

Iran: The day we pack our bags

For many years, author Roya Zarrin held a popular yoga class in her hometown in Iran. But since it was also a place where forbidden literature could be discussed fairly openly, it attracted the attention of the authorities. Here she tells of how censorship eats its way into one’s consciousness—and about the experience of exile.

An open letter to Ahmadinejad – My green vote was not your black name

A poet and journalist, Naeimeh Doustdar was one of the millions of people who took part in the violent protests in Tehran in 2009. She was imprisoned shortly thereafter and stayed in the infamous Evin prison. Before the trial, she was able to leave Iran. Today, she is a guest writer in Malmö. Here we publish her open letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

What about democracy in Iran?

Sanctions against Iran tighten with every year that passes—all in an effort to force the regime to account for its nuclear program. How do the sanctions affect the Iranian people and their fight for democracy? Trita Parsi, one of the world's top Iran experts, asserts that it is a question which is seldom asked.

Drunkenness

Author Saeed Tabatabaee was one year old when the Islamic Revolution took place. He belongs to the generation of young people who has grown up in the regime's big brother society—always guarded, always reviewed. In this short story, he revolts against this and writes about the most taboo subjects in Iran: sex, masturbation, adultery, prostitution, drugs and alcohol.

Tehran girls just want to have fun

Over 30 years have passed since Iran's Islamic revolution. An entire generation of young women has grown up without knowing any other society than the one created by the conservative mullahs—a society full of oppression against women, injustice, and severely restricted freedom of movement, in the name of Islam.

“Iran's economy is on the road to collapse”

Inflation, rising unemployment and an irresponsible economic policy seems to be the Ahmadinejad administration's political legacy. The next president will face severe challenges, writes financial journalist, Sara Damavandan, in an analysis of the country's economic situation.

The songs will disappear one by one

Alireza Behnam, born in 1973 in Tehran, is one of the most influential young poets in Iran right now. Since 1991, he has published four collections of poems and translated a number of books into Persian. Here, he writes a poem about the street as a open scene. 

Creativity's battles with censorship

What happens to a country where many writers have shelved writing or have given up trying to get published? The author and publisher, Arash Hejazi, writes about self-censorship, which has taken root among many Iranian writers. Is Iranian literature fading away? 

Iran strangles Internet

When the internet was introduced in Iran in the early 1990s, the young generation was given an opportunity to circumvent the regime's information monopoly and put themselves in contact with the surrounding world for the first time. Today, the country has the highest number of Internet users in the Middle East.

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