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Media Roundtable: The Underlying Causes of the Ongoing Protests In Iran's Southwestern Khuzestan Province

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Protests over water shortages in southwestern Iran

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we are discussing the ongoing peaceful protests in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province over water shortages- Khuzestan Province is home to around 80 percent of Iran's oil fields, 60 percent of the country's gas reserves, and 40 percent of its surface water. Yet, it is one of the most impoverished regions in Iran. What are the root causes of these latest protests?

Guests:
Farnaz Fassihi, award winning reporter for The New York Times

Web Resources:

The NY Times: I Am Thirsty!’ Water Shortages Compound Iran’s Problems

Tehran Bureau

The Guardian: How Iran's Khuzestan went from wetland to wasteland

Human Rights Watch: Iran: Deadly Response to Water Protests

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.