Correspondent Bigan Saliani and producer Richard O'Regan travel to Iran to explore the tensions between the expectations of many highly educated young Iranian women and the realities of their lives.
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
Masoumeh Ebtekar served as Iran's first female vice-president under the reformist government of Mohammad Khatami. She shares her thoughts on Islam, women and relations between the U.S. and Iran.
Despite weeks of protests contesting the Iranian presidential election, the supreme leader formally endorsed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term. The U.S. is considering cutting off gasoline supplies to Iran. Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council discusses the possibility of gas sanctions and the trial of protesters.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his blessing to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clearing the way for Ahmadinejad to be sworn in on Wednesday for a second term. But later, there were reports of new clashes in Iran between security forces and protesters who oppose Ahmadinejad.
Susan Chira of The New York Times and Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs Magazine discuss the week’s top stories: Continuing turbulence in Iran and this week's U.S. talks with both Israel and China.
In Iran on Thursday, a memorial for victims of the violence that followed last month's disputed elections turned into another day of protest by thousands of people. Afshin Molavi of the New America Foundation discusses the demonstrations and ongoing political turmoil.
Worldfocus contributor Dwight Bashir writes that while the spotlight on the mistreatment of Iran's post-election protesters is vital, it is just as important that the same level of attention be given to those who suffered a similar fate long before the elections took place.
Though the protests in Iran were overwhelmingly peaceful, the Iranian authorities are accusing many demonstrators of carrying out bombings and attacking Basiji paramilitary forces. Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York discusses the impending trials of those detained.
A Worldfocus contributor describes the cheers and boos at a protest in Iran on Friday. One of the country’s top religious leaders, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, expressed new doubts about the results of the recent presidential election.
In Iran, tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets of Tehran once again on Friday. Ervand Abrahamian of the City University of New York discusses the current situation in Iran and a shakeup in the country's nuclear program.