Warnings of disease epidemic in Ahwaz as environmental devastation worsens

A report from the Iranian Students News Agency has warned of an imminent and life-threatening medical crisis in the Ahwaz region due to waterborne diseases, with the drastically reduced water supply largely unfit for human consumption. Many in the region attribute the latest crisis to the catastrophic effects of the regime’s rerouting of Ahwaz’ rivers which once made it one of the most fertile areas in the region.

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Minorities in Iran and the conflict between central and marginal forces

The formation of objectively identifiable and self-identifying ethnic minorities is the result of a complex of interacting historical factors, including migration and conflict, but heritage, cultural roots embedded in history, is central to how ethnic minorities perceive themselves; and the struggle to maintain the group’s culture against encroachment, against its loss, becomes part of that same heritage.

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