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Going it alone – the lives of China’s single people

Duncan Bartlett, China in Context Podcast – 13 April 2021 Duncan Bartlett, Research Associate at SOAS China Institute and Editor of Asian Agenda, hosts the China in Context podcast which offers expert insight into the politics and culture of China, as well as Chinese international affairs. For episode 10 he discusses the changing attitudes of…

Women Can’t Sing in Iran: One Artist’s Struggle to Be Heard

Fatemeh Hosseinzadeh, Living Life Fearless – 4 April 2021 Samaneh Mahmoudi (Naria) is an up-and-coming singer in Iran who, by law, cannot sing solo because of her gender. Samenah talks about the struggles growing up as a budding singer in a house where her parents urged her to be quiet so the neighbours wouldn’t hear. “Despite…

Iran’s Zarif indicates that Iran hopes to balance Russia and China

Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post – 5 April 2021 Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to Iran’s Tasnim News Agency about power shifts from the West to the East and why Iran must, as a result, work more closely with Russia and China. This article in The Jerusalem Post analyses the main points from the…

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