Art & Culture

Iranian Poet Flees Because Of Crippling Censorship

Iranian Poet Flees Because Of Crippling Censorship

To get her first book of poetry past the Iranian censor, Fatemeh Ekhtesari did what other Iranian writers often have to do: She used dots for words and sentences she thought would not get past the authorities. But Ekhtesari wasn’t prepared for her voice to be silenced, so after the book was published in 2010, she wrote the words back in herself and sent copies to her friends.

Slaughterhouse review – an honest portrayal of Iran’s drug problem

Slaughterhouse review – an honest portrayal of Iran’s drug problem

A new Kurdish film showing a more transparent approach to the drugs epidemic in the Islamic Republic gets the green light from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Films in Iran require a permit from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance, which is not always forthcoming when sensitive issues are addressed. Behzad Azadi faced no official resistance. Perhaps the transparency reflected in his film bodes a new beginning for the way Iran deals with addiction.

Iran’s wetlands: a ‘real massacre’ for migratory birds

Iran’s wetlands: a ‘real massacre’ for migratory birds

Every fall, millions of migratory birds from all over Europe head to Iran. One of their favoured destinations is the wetlands near Fereydunkenar, in the country’s north. Some of the birds stay there; for others, it’s just a pit stop on their way south. It is illegal to hunt them, but many locals do, and the latest reports are appalling: an estimated one million migratory birds were killed this past year in Fereydunkenar, which amounts to half of all those who sought refuge there.

Iran’s unwelcome dogs find care

Iran’s unwelcome dogs find care

TEHRAN — Man’s best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence. But in a rare animal shelter in the countryside west of Tehran, hundreds of lucky pups have found mercy, and a growing number of Iranians are learning to love them.