Posts Tagged ‘Iran

22
Feb
10

On air: Can a country dictate the place names that we use?

That’s what Iran is attempting to do. It’s warned airlines that they won’t be allowed to fly through Iranian airspace (let alone land…) unless they use the term “Persian Gulf” on their in-flight monitors.

As our correspondent Jon Leyne puts it: ‘To call it the Gulf, annoys the authorities; to call it the Arabian Gulf, infuriates them even more.’ Do you support their insistence? And in your country, do you want a strong stance taken on the correct names being used? Continue reading ‘On air: Can a country dictate the place names that we use?’

21
Dec
09

What does the Grand Ayatollah’s death mean for Iran’s opposition?

Thousands of Iranians are gathering in the holy city of Qom to mourn the death of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri .

Many of you have been getting in touch with the BBC to share your feelings on his death. This is from Mani in Esfahan, Iran. Continue reading ‘What does the Grand Ayatollah’s death mean for Iran’s opposition?’

07
Dec
09

On air: Iran protests

Iranian police have clashed with opposition supporters in the latest sign that the fall-out from the election continues. We’ll do our best to speak to all sides to find out what they’ve seen, and what they want. (Though I’ll admit that finding an English-speaking Iranian policeman who’s prepared to speak to us may be beyond even our producers.) If you have any questions as well as comments, please post them here.

28
Sep
09

Is it time for new sanctions against Iran?

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The Iranian defence minister Ahmad Vahidi has warned that if Israel were to attack his country it would prompt the destruction of Israel. He said:
“If this [an Israeli attack] happens, which, of course, we do not foresee, its ultimate result would be to expedite the last breath of the Zionist regime”

His comments came after the Islamic Republic has test-fired their most advanced long-range missiles.  France has called the tests “provocative”. Continue reading ‘Is it time for new sanctions against Iran?’

25
Sep
09

Iran doubles up

iran nuclearIran has told the United Nations nuclear watchdog that it’s building a second uranium enrichment plant.

It says the plant is not yet operational, and is intended only to produce electricity.

Already the leaders of the U.S, the U.K and France have called for inspectors to be allowed to visit the second plant. Continue reading ‘Iran doubles up’

05
Aug
09

President Ahmadinejad is sworn in – is he right to be suspicious of foreigners?

Ahmadinejad swearing inIran’s President Ahmadinejad has taken his oath for a second term after weeks of unrest following the elections. In his speech after being sworn in, he criticised foreign powers who have cast doubt over the validity of the elections. He said Iran would resist these countries. Referring to countries that have decided not to send letters of congratulation to the President, he said, “We heard that some of the Western leaders had decided to recognise but not congratulate the new government… Well, no-one in Iran is waiting for your messages.” Continue reading ‘President Ahmadinejad is sworn in – is he right to be suspicious of foreigners?’

30
Jul
09

On air: Has anything in Iran changed?

nedaIt has been 40 days since Neda was shot dead in Iran, and this is traditionally marked by Shia Muslims.

People are posting messages in memory of her. Jamshid wrote

‘…We will never forget you nor what you represent – the will of a nation to be free! Sleep in peace Neda, for the Iranian nation is awake.’

40 days on, has anything changed in Iran?

Continue reading ‘On air: Has anything in Iran changed?’

19
Jun
09

Who do you trust to tell you what’s happening in Iran ?

If you are anywhere near a TV showing BBC World – we’re on at 16.30 BST

persian womanThe true and undisputed winners of the Iranian elections have emerged – Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and You Tube  have been bathing in the limelight. Here’s the BBC’s breakdown on social media in Iran. The Iranian government’s blocking of traditional media outlets has meant that microblogging has been our main source of information.
Continue reading ‘Who do you trust to tell you what’s happening in Iran ?’

11
Jun
09

On-Air :U.S and Iran talk today

Update: Ros in Portland and Lyse Doucet in Tehran co-presenting the programme
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Is something changing in Iran ?

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Since a series of TV debates, the election campaign has burst into life.

Our BBC correspondents in Tehran say the outcome will be close, but it’s just possible that hardline President Ahmedinijad could be defeated by a “reformer” Mir Hossein Mousavi (pictured with his wife Zara Rahnavard).

Continue reading ‘On-Air :U.S and Iran talk today’

15
Dec
08

On air: Iran, bloggers and you

Today we’ll look at the Iranian blogosphere with contributors live from Tehran. Iran has over 65,000 bloggers and it’s not all politics on their agenda. Iranian bloggers talk about the arts, cinema, women’s issues, women’s sport and pop music. There’s is even an online dating scene. Continue reading ‘On air: Iran, bloggers and you’




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