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Home of the mad mullahs, a President you can frighten your children with and nuclear weapons on the drawing board, if not actually in their bunkers: Iran sends shivers down Washington spines better than any other member of the ‘Axis of Evil’. Are these Western stereotypes shameless attempts to prepare the ground for yet another war? Do they have any foundation in reality? The NI looks at Iran’s rich history and culture, at human rights in a theocratic state and, above all, at what life is really like for ordinary Iranians.

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Featured in issue 398

The language of neo-colonialism

The language of neo-colonialism

Mo Better Blues

True tales of a mixed-up world

Grim future

The UN gives green light to Ethiopia’s invasion of Somalia

Entire police force disarmed

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón sends in troops to disarm corrupt police force.

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Olympic whitewash

China grants temporary freedom to foreign press, while domestic journalists remain jailed

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Ban Blair's bomb

News of the year-long blockade of Britain’s nuclear base at Faslane

Can't see the wood for the factories

Uganda ready to destroy some of its last remaining rainforests

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Write vs Wrong

Letter-writing campaign launched at Burma’s leaders


Adjágas by Adjágas

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Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man

Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man by Waterson: Carthy

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Action and information on Iran


Although Tajikistan is the heir to an ancient Persian and Turkic cultural legacy, the modern state dates back to 1929 and Stalin’s creation of the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic.


Bamako by Abderrahmane Sissako

The fourth generation

Iran is young, vibrant and diverse, despite the repression, as Nasrin Alavi explains.

Iran - a history

From Cyrus the Great, Omar Khayyam and the Shahs to Ayatollah Khomeini and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Anti-slavery pioneers

A special feature to mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.

The breadfruit tree

The breadfruit tree outside Lindsey Collen’s house needs pruning. But how to persuade Fareed to undertake the work?

Interview with Sheela Patel

Interview with Indian homeless campaigner Sheela Patel.

Signed with an X

Women’s rights campaigner Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani reflects on a day spent knocking on doors.

Big Bad World

Old Gory, by Polyp.

Visa quid pro quo

The US makes it difficult for Bolivians to gain visas, so why shouldn’t Bolivian President Evo Morales make it equally hard for US visitors? Jim Shultz explores the visa quid pro quo.

The view from Iran

Chris Brazier argues for more understanding of Iran – and less confrontation.

Julio Etchart

A child in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, as seen by Chilean photographer Julio Etchart, who has documented the toys children play with the world over.

Iran - the facts

Iran - the facts

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Funny Weather

Funny Weather by Kate Evans

Dead Horsemeat

Dead Horsemeat by Dominique Manotti

The Mirage

What do people in poorer districts think of Ahmadinejad? Ali Moazzami finds out.

The Uncomfortable Dead

The Uncomfortable Dead by Subcomandante Marcos and Paco Ignacio Taibo II

The Cave of the Yellow Dog

DVD: The Cave of the Yellow Dog directed by Byambasuren Davaa.

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