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Children of the Iranian Revolution: The Photography of Iason Athanasiadis

Nieman Notes May 14, 2008

With 70 percent of its people under 30 years old, Iran is one of the youngest societies on earth. For three years, Iason Athanasiadis, Class of 2008, lived and traveled in Iran, and achieved extraordinary access in the social undergrounds that define this up-and-coming generation of Iranians, one of the most electrifying facilitators of change in the country's recent history. Read more

Meldrum: South Africa’s ‘Crucial Role’ in Zimbabwe Crisis

Nieman Notes April 4, 2008

After years of economic crisis and repressive leadership under President Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe looks poised for change. Andrew Meldrum, member of the Class of 2008 and former Zimbabwe correspondent for the Guardian, talks to the Council on Foreign Relations about potential options for the inner circle of Mugabe’s party. Read more

Wilson Recalls Abduction in Lecture

Nieman Notes April 3, 2008

Simon Wilson, BBC Middle East bureau chief and member of the Class of 2008, described the “biggest challenge of [his] career” — abduction of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston in the Gaza strip — and other experiences he has had while reporting in Israel, Iraq and Lebanon during a lecture at Dartmouth College Thursday, April 3. Read more

From Blog to Narrative: Benton Throws Us a Curve

Nieman Notes March 21, 2008

Boredom was not an issue for Roy Peter Clark at last weekend's Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism. Clark recounts the moment of "great learning" he enjoyed while attending the breakout session "Blogging for Story" presented by Josh Benton, Class of 2008. Read more

Waiting for a US-Iran Handshake

Nieman Notes March 7, 2008

With Iranian influence growing throughout its region, and America faltering after so many foreign-policy debacles, Iran is hungrily eyeing the prize of regional dominance. Iason Athanasiadis, Class of 2008, talks with one of Iran's diplomatic elite, who could well be one of the officials who end up negotiating the future of the region with Washington. Read more

Iran’s Winds of Change

Nieman Notes February 14, 2008

Iason Athanasiadis, Class of 2008, comments on the new generation of Iranians: the children of the Revolution. "The domestic social situation is more dire than at almost any other time since the Revolution," he writes. "But many Iranians have moved on from the submissive first days of the Islamic Republic ... The new generation mounts actions of social insubordination that their parents only dreamed of." Read more