Author Archives: Tom Shaw

Afghans in Iran – looking for a homeland

Tehran’s Nimrouz exhibition should mark the beginning of a frank conversation in Iranian society. Its subject? The condition of Iran’s Afghan refugees. For the first time, major galleries are showing the work of Afghan artists concerned with the plight of their countrymen. It is estimated that 3 to 4 million Afghans are living in Iran, […]

Saudi Arabia: a new era to come?

Will Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince reform the ultra-conservative kingdom? Or the marriage of politics and religion has deeper roots as it seems?