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Kurdistan and its Flag

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Kurdistan and its Flag

 

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Wage inequality in the workplace

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Wage inequality in the workplace

International Labour Organization report 2016-2017 A substantial gap in real wage trajectories has opened up over the last ten years between France and Germany on the one hand, and Italy and the United Kingdom on the other hand Among developed G20 countries, real average wages since 2006 have increased most rapidly in the Republic of…

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Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-winning Iranian film-maker, dies aged 76

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Abbas Kiarostami, Palme d’Or-winning Iranian film-maker, dies aged 76

The Guardian- Celebrated Iranian director, whose Taste of Cherry won Cannes’ top prize in 1997, remained in the country after the Islamic revolution and continued to flourish Abbas Kiarostami, the multi-award-winning Iranian director whose 1997 film Taste of Cherry was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival, has died aged 76. “Abbas Kiarostami,…

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Peshmerga Movie – an intellectually gripping tribute to Kurdish fighters battling Isis

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Peshmerga Movie – an intellectually gripping tribute to Kurdish fighters battling Isis

The Guardian- Veteran French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy was granted a late entry in the official Cannes selection with his absorbing and very well photographed documentary tribute to the peshmerga, the fighting force of the Kurds, battling to establish the state of Kurdistan across the existing states of Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey – and now…

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Cannes spotlight puts Iranian cinema centre stage

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Cannes spotlight puts Iranian cinema centre stage

AFP- As Iranian films and actors compete this weekend at Cannes attention is turning toward the country’s thriving independent cinema sector which is succeeding despite tough regulations. Religious, political and cultural red lines represent obstacles to filmmakers and actors in the Islamic republic. Scripts must be pre-approved by the state. Most learn to live with…

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5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe

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5 facts about the Muslim population in Europe

France has the most favorable views of Muslims in Europe   PEW RESEARCH- Recent killings in Paris as well as the arrival of hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim refugees in Europe have drawn renewed attention to the continent’s Muslim population. In many European countries, including France, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands,…

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Iran arrests fashion models, blog manager in social media crackdown

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Iran arrests fashion models, blog manager in social media crackdown

Reuters- Iran has launched a new crackdown on social media, arresting fashion models active on photo-sharing websites and a blog website manager after Tehran’s top leader declared war on un-Islamic thoughts on the Internet. Eight members of a modeling network were arrested and accused of publishing photos of women without the obligatory hijab headscarf on…

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Sharzad – Iran TV series set in 1950s draws big audiences with echoes in politics today

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Sharzad – Iran TV series set in 1950s draws big audiences with echoes in politics today

The Guardian – Footsteps resonate on cobblestones, snooker clubs are open, women and men go partying together, cabarets are full, the alcohol flows, chapeaux are fashionable, the national theatre is showing Othello and, in the small cinemas along Lalehzar – old Tehran’s Champs-Élysées, Casablanca is showing. This is Iran 1950s-style, brought back to life in…

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How NASA turns astronauts into photographers

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How NASA turns astronauts into photographers

The Washington Post – NASA astronauts churn out perfectly framed time-lapses, beautifully sharp photographs and stunning videos daily. Scrolling through the Instagram pictures, tweets and Facebook posts coming out of the International Space Station, you get the impression that the floating research station is staffed with professional photographers. And it kind of is. “Apart from…

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Rolling Stones unlock five decades of archives with huge exhibition in London

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Rolling Stones unlock five decades of archives with huge exhibition in London

Euronews – Fans sure can get satisfaction from all the Rolling Stones memorabilia now on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London. More than 500 artifacts borrowed from the band’s archive and private collectors, and retracing five decades of Stones history, are showcased in the exhibition, aptly named “Exhibitionism”. Mick Jagger, the band’s lead singer,…

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