Category Archives: Middle East

Iran protests are ‘beginning of the end’ for regime, exiled activist Alinejad says

FRANCE 24 spoke to Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist and women’s rights activist who is exiled in the US. Iran is currently seeing an unprecedented protest movement ignited by the death of Masah Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in the custody of the morality police after being arrested for improperly wearing her headscarf. Alinejad called the ongoing protest movement “a revolution” and expressed confidence that unlike previous movements, this was “the beginning of the end” of the regime.

Iran airs video of French couple accused of spying

Iranian state television aired a video on Thursday in which two French citizens detained for “spying” in Iran in May are shown “confessing” to acting on behalf of a French security service. The video was broadcast amid weeks of unrest that Tehran has linked to foreign foes. 

Iran airs ‘staged’ confession video of French couple accused of spying

Iranian state television aired a video on Thursday in which two French citizens detained for “spying” in May are shown “confessing” to acting on behalf of a French security service. The video, which France’s foreign ministry denounced as both “shameful” and “staged”, was broadcast amid weeks of protest in Iran that authorities have tried to blame on foreign enemies. 

No, this video doesn’t show a father dancing at his daughter’s funeral in Iran

Iran is facing unprecedented protests after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was arrested and died in police custody earlier this month. A video circulating online now claims to show a heartbreaking scene: a father, who had promised to dance at his daughter’s wedding, dancing instead at his daughter’s grave after she was also killed by the Iranian regime. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake. 

Fleeing Lebanon to escape poverty: At least 100 die in migrant shipwreck

Three years into Lebanon’s devastating financial collapse, some 80 percent of the population is now living below the poverty line. The situation is driving more and more people to risk their lives on the open seas. Last month, at least a hundred people drowned when a migrant boat capsized off the Syrian coast. Our correspondents met a family who lost a father, mother and four children in the tragedy. 

Gaza’s solar revolution: Renewable energy provides solution to blackouts

With authorities only able to supply about 12 hours a day of electricity, blackouts are a part of daily life for many of Gaza’s residents. But some are returning to renewable energy, in the form of solar panels, to solve the problem. Around 20 percent of homes in Gaza are now equipped with solar panels, according to one study.