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

Protests over water shortages in southwestern Iran
Protests over water shortages in southwestern Iran

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, we're discussing the ongoing peaceful protests in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province over water shortages. The 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 protests?


Farnaz Fassihi, award winning reporter for The New York Times

Web Resources:

The New York 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

France 24: Police fire live ammunition, tear gas at protesters denouncing Iran’s water crisis

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 media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.