TITLE

An Unseen Side of Iran

AUTHOR(S)
Bingham, Molly
PUB. DATE
June 2005
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Summer2005, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p127
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article describes how Iran, a nation ruled by Islamic law but also a global thoroughfare in opiate trafficking, deals with its own drug addiction problems. The dramatic rise in opiate use, its destructive effects on Iranian families, and the spread of AIDS has caught the attention of the Iranian government, which was making concerted efforts to control the heroin trade that flows from Afghanistan into Iran and on to Turkey. Iran is a society yearning for stability and people hungry for economic security. But foreigners will also come across people--from all social levels--who have fallen into drug use and destitution, just as one could find in nearly any other country. While Iran is a difficult place for Western journalists to work, journalists need to try to go there and live out their responsibility to do the work that reveals the complex fabric of a nation--even when their own government considers the country to be their enemy.
ACCESSION #
17526063

 

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