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The lasting legacy of Ayotollah Khomeni 30 years after his death

The lasting legacy of Ayotollah Khomeni 30 years after his death
 
A view shows the mausoleum of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a ceremony marking his death anniversary, in Tehran REUTERS

Iran is again in the headlines in an increasingly tense spat with the US and a number of other western countries.

This is nothing new, however. The Islamic Republic of Iran has been involved in almost continuous diplomatic rows since its creation in 1979.

Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini drove the revolution of 1979 that drastically changed the country.

Better known in the west as Ayotollah Khomeni, he put an end to the corrupt constitutional monarchy of the Shah and created a theocracy that promised a better life for every Iranian.

June of this year marked 30 years since his death. What legacy did he leave?

We find out more in this edition of Mid-East Junction as we meet one man's journey from the streets of Tehran in support of Khomeini to the streets of Paris in fear of Khomeini. (Read more about the legacy of Khomeini)

  • How women's football has evolved inside and outside the Middle East

    How women's football has evolved inside and outside the Middle East

    Even though no Middle Eastern countries qualified for this year's Women’s World Cup , the sport is alive and growing across the region. In this edition of Mid-East Junction, …

  • Where vegans have been leading the way for centuries

    Where vegans have been leading the way for centuries

    In this month's Mid-East Junction, we delve into the culinary delights across the region that have been miles ahead of the vegan trend for decades, even centuries in …

  • Oud for thought

    Oud for thought

    In this month’s podcast, we’re going to take a break from politics. And social anxiety. And uprisings and laws.Because the Middle East doesn’t just make headlines.It …

  • The power of radio during British-mandated Palestine

    The power of radio during British-mandated Palestine

    On 30 March 1936, the Palestinian Broadcasting Service hit the radio waves.The new service, referred to as PBS, catered to the growing population in British-mandated …

  • Freedom at any cost: Saudi woman escapes to France

    Freedom at any cost: Saudi woman escapes to France

    In this week's Mid-East Junction, we meet Julia*, a young woman who escaped her life and marriage by force in Saudi Arabia to find freedom in France. 

  • Retracing Bahrain's activism

    Retracing Bahrain's activism

    On December 31st, Bahrain’s high court upheld a five year jail sentence against human rights activist Nabeel Rajab.His sentence was in response to posts he made on social …

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