Zahra Alipour


Motorists travel on a dust-covered highway in Tehran, Iran, July 6, 2009. (photo by REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl)

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Why dust storms still suffocate Iran’s Khuzestan province

Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017 | Zahra Alipour, Contributor

The administration of President Hassan Rouhani has declared that it has made great strides in combating dust storms and pollution in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, but the region appears to still be in the grip of recurring environmental crises.

Did boycott win Farhadi an Oscar — and Islamic Republic’s embrace?

Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017 | Zahra Alipour, Contributor

Iranian authorities have clearly welcomed director Asghar Farhadi’s latest Oscar, unlike last time — but what is next for this Academy Award winner?

Iran's priciest export at risk

Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017 | Zahra Alipour, Contributor

Overfishing and pollution are not only threatening production of Iran’s prized caviar, but also the health of millions of Iranians living along the shores of the Caspian Sea.

How Iran may have just won a second Oscar

Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 | Zahra Alipour, Contributor

Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi’s boycott of the upcoming Academy Awards may conversely help him fetch a second Oscar.

Debate over sterilizing homeless women addicts resurfaces in Iran

Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 | Zahra Alipour, Contributor

A proposal to sterilize homeless women who are addicted to drugs has stirred heated debate in Iran again, with conservatives using the issue to attack President Hassan Rouhani's administration.

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Zahra Alipour is an Iranian journalist based in Paris who focuses on cultural affairs. She has reported for several leading Iranian media outlets.

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