1) Everything You Need to Know About the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Entering the fifth year, the consequences of Syria’s civil war is filled with devastating statistics: over four million Syrians are exiled from their country and of that pool, 750,000 children are not in school. Washington Post catches you up on the dire situation —
2) In Iceland, “Syria is Calling:” In an open letter to welfare minister Eygló Harðar, more than 12,000 Icelanders have called on their government to take in more than the allotted fifty Syrian refugees – with many offering language lessons and even their homes.
3) Breaking Down Misconceptions About Iran’s Business Culture: In this op-ed for Huffington Post, Dick Simon (founder of the Peace Action Network) says while there are many “problematic issues” with doing business in Iran, he also says that there is a lot of misunderstanding, and breaks down misconceptions and stereotypes.
4) And lastly, ANGLE ON: Director of “Muhammad, Messenger of God”: With a budget of a whopping $40 million dollars, Iran’s “Muhammad: Messenger of God” premiered last week in Montreal to positive reviews (The Guardian calls the film “intellectually honest, committed and poetic”). The Guardian interviews director Majid Majidi.