Every year, December 7 commemorates the three students killed by police during protests against a 1953 visit by then-U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon. Amateur videos culled from YouTube show that this year's events transformed into demonstrations opposing the Iranian government. Watch footage from some of the country's largest anti-government rallies since July.
The face-off continues between the hard-line Islamist regime and protesters who resent the allegedly fraudulent results of Iran's presidential election on Friday, June 12. The death toll may be as high as 150, and hundreds have been injured as the world awaits the outcome of a domestic conflict that could quickly explode -- or alternatively be quashed.
Voices of Iran
As protests continue in Iran today, Vali Nasr joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the role of that country's rising middle class in the political process. Nasr, a professor at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, argues that the protests reflect the aspirations of Iran's educated young people.
As the world's second largest oil producer, Iran has become a model of stability in the region. It is estimated that approximately 3 million Afghan immigrants in Iran are doing low-skill labor. Richard O'Regan reports from Tehran.
In addition to holding the Iranian government accountable for its nuclear ambitions, writes Worldfocus contributor Dwight Bashir, the P5+1 should use its new platform to raise substantive human rights issues -- and not just behind closed doors.
Iranian students discuss how they bypass censorship and filters to find music and films, both online and in shops on the streets. They also explore the influence of Western culture and the backlash against it.
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.
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.
In his address to the United Nations General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama said Iran and North Korea must be held accountable for their nuclear programs. Mansour Farhang discusses the upcoming nuclear talks between the West and Iran.
Amid protests on Friday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made some harsh comments about Israel and the West. Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York discusses the state of the protest movement in Iran. Do you think the Obama administration is making a mistake by engaging Ahmadinejad? Tell us what you think.