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From slapstick to romance, Iran’s film industry is unique

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From slapstick to romance, Iran’s film industry is unique

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.

Posted: September 30, 2009 17:53   Comments: 0
Iranian authorities can’t stop flood of Western culture

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Iranian authorities can’t stop flood of Western culture

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.

Posted: September 30, 2009 14:03   Comments: 7
Israel pays close attention as Iran nuclear talks set to start

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Israel pays close attention as Iran nuclear talks set to start

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.

Posted: September 30, 2009 10:51   Comments: 140
China wary of harsh sanctions on Iran, eyeing trade

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China wary of harsh sanctions on Iran, eyeing trade

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.

Posted: September 29, 2009 15:07   Comments: 3
Israeli films explore realities of warfare, faith

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Israeli films explore realities of warfare, faith

Israel's robust film industry is funded primarily with state grants, even though the themes can be highly critical of the government and at odds with conventional Israeli values. Many films explore issues from recent Israeli military history.

Posted: September 29, 2009 14:29   Comments: 3
Israeli cinema: Growing up

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Israeli cinema: Growing up

Israeli has a thriving film industry. In recent years, its films have won popular and critical acclaim while tacking difficult issues of identity and politics. Jerusalem film scholar Amy Kronish blogs about the coming of age of Israeli cinema.

Posted: September 29, 2009 13:55   Comments: 1
U.S., allies disagree on Iran’s nuclear intentions

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U.S., allies disagree on Iran’s nuclear intentions

There are reportedly disagreements between the United States and some of its key allies on whether Iran is, in fact, designing a warhead. David Sanger of The New York Times shares his thoughts on this debate.

Posted: September 29, 2009 12:51   Comments: 0
Numerous Arab nations fear a nuclear Iran

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Numerous Arab nations fear a nuclear Iran

A war of words between the United States and Iran is growing, just days before the two countries are scheduled to hold their first direct negotiations in three decades. Ghassan Shabaneh of Marymount Manhattan College discusses how Arab nations view Iran.

Posted: September 28, 2009 14:39   Comments: 10
Reading the Middle Eastern press on Iran’s nuclear plant

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Reading the Middle Eastern press on Iran’s nuclear plant

Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al-Kassim blogs about how Middle Eastern news media outlets covered the news that Iran is building a second nuclear site.

Posted: September 25, 2009 15:10   Comments: 1
Week in review: The Afghanistan debate and the G-20

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Week in review: The Afghanistan debate and the G-20

Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Rana Foroohar of Newsweek discuss the week's top stories: The debate over next steps in the war in Afghanistan and the global economic summit in Pittsburgh.

Posted: September 25, 2009 14:42   Comments: 1

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