Iranian film scholar Negar Mottahedeh discusses the evolution of Iranian cinema and the impact of the 1979 revolution on the industry. Watch two video clips, one from the early days of Iranian film and the other a modern comedy.
Archive for September, 2009
Pop culture is thriving in Iran, from music and movies to poetry and books. Iranian authorities do all they can to control what Iranian citizens see and hear. But technology is making that virtually impossible.
With crucial talks aimed at curtailing Iran's nuclear program set to begin, the rhetoric is heating up. Israel will be following the progress of the negotiations closely, says Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. If the talks fail, would Israel be justified in attacking Iran's nuclear facilities? Tell us what you think.
Worldfocus blogger Peter Eisner is traveling in Greece and recounts his experience taking a relative to a hospital clinic -- one without a pay window or billing procedures. He compares Greek and American health care.
Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon held a special press briefing in New York about climate change. Rafael Pi Roman of WNET.org joins Martin Savidge to discuss Ban Ki-moon's comments.
A Worldfocus contributing blogger writes that for many Liberians looking to earn a living, environmental preservation is not always a top priority. But does logging revenue actually outweigh the benefits of preserving the country's rare virgin forests?
Tourists flock to Malaysia to take in the spectacle of the country's millions of fireflies. But their glow is fading, as deforestation threatens the environment that sustains the insects.
China has a close trading relationship with Iran, and its support will be key in any effort to impose new sanctions against the country. John Delury of the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations discusses China's willingness -- or lack thereof -- to go along with sanctions.