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Worldcrunch Magazine #49 — Eye On Iran, One Year Later

September 11 - September 17, 2023

Worldcrunch Magazine #49 — Eye On Iran, One Year Later

Here's the latest edition of Worldcrunch Magazine, a selection of our best articles of the week from top international journalists, produced exclusively in English for Worldcrunch readers.


Our cover story, by Roshanak Astaraki for London-based Persian-language Iranian online media outlet, Kayhan London, begs the question of whether or not protests will reignite in Iran as the one year anniversary of Mahsa Amini's death approaches. Amini's death at the hands of the Iranian morality police for wearing a loose hijab, fuelled mass protests throughout the country, opposing Iran's harsh laws against women.

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Table of Contents

Tensions Amidst The Anniversary Of Mahsa Amini’s Death | Kayhan London By Roshanak Astaraki

China’s Bet On A Bigger & Nastier BRICS To Challenge The West | Clarín By Marcelo Cantelmi

Fear & Sandbags For Russians Going Back To School Near Border | Important Stories By Vazhnyye Istorii

Albania, The Brutal Demographics Of A Neverending Exodus | Les Echos By Basile Dekonink

How Argentina Got Hooked On Overfishing - And How To Get Free | Clarín By Gonzalo Sánchez

Why Have Hong Kong’s Hearing Impaired Been Left Behind? | The Initium By Shi Wanping

When Patriotic Lyrics Of The Past Hit Wrong Notes Today | Worldcrunch By Yannick Champion-Osselin

My Seven-Day Romance With An AI Girlfriend | La Stampa By Nicolas Lozito

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What It Means To Be A Journalist In Gaza

Journalist Noor Swirki writes about what its like for Palestinian journalists working from Gaza, with everything on the line, every night and day.

Photo of relatives carry the bodies of Palestinian journalists killed during an airstrike

Relatives carry the bodies of Palestinian journalists Muhammad Sobh and Saeed Al-Taweel

Noor Swirki

KHAN YOUNIS — On the morning of the 20th day of war, I received a call from my husband, Salem, a journalist who has been covering this war since its very first moments. He asked me to delay coming to our makeshift workplace; we are both reporters, and we have been camping at the Nasser Medical Complex. An Israeli air strike had targeted the area behind the medical complex, causing massive destruction, claiming lives and injuring many.

Two hours later, he showed up in his press vest, stricken, barely able to speak, and sticky with sweat and debris. He described to me how the place had been crawling with ambulances and civilian cars transporting the injured, while others still carried dead bodies and the remains of their children and family members wrapped in blankets. “I’m tired. We saw the rockets come towards us. We counted them. When will this end?”

Salem and I are but two among many. In the press tent, dozens of journalists converge to perform their duties. Salem spends the night there, while I make a daily trek to our workplace at noon. Before the sun has set, we depart towards the safe house, where I will spend the night with our two children.

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