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Black tie to celebrate Persian new year?

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Some 70 years ago, Reza Shah — the father of the last Shah of Iran — inspired by reforms of Kamal Ataturk in Turkey, decided to modernize and westernize Iran. Much of what he did was commendable, e.g. founding of universities. Continue reading

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Right to wear a headscarf

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Six years ago an Egyptian news reader, Ghada El-Tawil, decided to wear a headscarf (or hejab) in public, including on television. For this she was banned from continuing her job. It has taken a six-year legal battle to resume her post. Continue reading