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Turkey and Syria earthquake: Long-term funding is needed to support search-and-rescue after major disasters

Turkey and Syria earthquake: Long-term funding is needed to support search-and-rescue after major disasters

Written by Ali Asgary, Professor, Disaster & Emergency Management, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies & Director, CIFAL York, York University, Canada The strong and disastrous earthquake that shook southern Turkey and Syria on Feb. 6 drew attention to search-and-rescue (SAR) operations. The media’s attention raised familiar questions around SAR, including who conducts SAR, […]

Iran: dissent by public figures has amplified the protest across the country – and the world

Written by Roja Fazaeli, Associate Professor Islamic Civilisation, Near & Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin Iran’s Islamic Republic continues to violently suppress ongoing pro-democracy protests, which broke out in September in response to the killing of a young woman who had been arrested for not wearing a proper head covering. According to the NGO […]

This course examines how images of veiled Muslim women are used to justify war

Written by Sara Rahnama, Assistant Professor of History, Morgan State University Uncommon Courses is an occasional series from The Conversation U.S. highlighting unconventional approaches to teaching. Course Title: “Women and War” What prompted the idea for the course? When I was on a fellowship at the Library of Congress finishing my first book, “The Future […]

The protests in Iran are part of a long history of women’s resistance

Written by Niloofar Hooman, PhD candidate, Communication Studies and Media Arts, McMaster University On Sept. 16, Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman, died in Tehran while in the custody of Iran’s morality police. Her death set off a massive wave of demonstrations that have spread across the country. While the protests started with anger […]

Headcovers have always been political in Iran – for women on all sides

Written by Eliz Sanasarian, Professor of Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences A friend and I were strolling through Tehran’s streets one afternoon when she was approached by a member of the “morality police,” an agency tasked with enforcing modesty laws in public. First, the policewoman […]

3 ways these latest Iran demonstrations are different to past protests

Written by Naser Ghobadzadeh, Senior lecturer, National School of Arts, Australian Catholic University Once again, Iran is in the midst of political upheaval and civil unrest. The latest protests, triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after her arrest by the morality police, follow several other protests that have occurred in Iran over recent […]

Iran and the US appear unlikely to reach a new nuclear deal – leaving everyone more unsafe

Written by Nina Srinivasan Rathbun, Professor of international relations, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Iran’s standoff with the United States over its potential nuclear weapons program is unlikely to ease anytime soon. The U.S. and Iran launched talks in 2021 to renew a now-defunct political deal that would curb Iran’s nuclear program. […]

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