The cover story of this edition is dedicated to the 29th International Tehran Book Fair that was held on May 4-14 at the Shahr-e Aftab International Exhibition Complex, with Russia as the Guest of Honor. This section includes a report on this year’s TIBF, an interview with Sergey Kaykin, head of Russia’s International Book Exhibitions and Fairs, who represented Russia stand at the fair, and an interview with multi-award winning Australian photographer Nuran Zorlu who also attended the TIBF, on the occasion of the publication of his travelogue ‘Persia to Iran’ which he said has changed the perception of Iran on lots of people’s minds.
The Politics section kicks off with MNA’s exclusive interview with former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw talked about a host of issues including JCPOA, ISIL, Yemen and of course Brexit on the sidelines of the 13th Eurasian Media Forum held in Kazakhstan’s capital city of Astana on April 20-22. The US Supreme Court ruling on the seizure of about $2bn of Iranian assets provided an occasion to reach out to American political analyst and social activist Stephen Lendman, and American writer, journalist and political analyst Mark Glenn to ask about their opinion on the issue. The Panama Papers scandal was another hot topic in April, which prompted MNA to contact Professor Michel Chossudovsky, director of the Centre for Research on Globalization, on the occasion, who said the release of Panama Papers reveals the sheer vastness of the mechanisms by which global banks and institutions provide for their customers to hide corrupt money. Energy consultant Chris Cook addresses in an exclusive interview to Mehr News Iran’s future on attracting considerable foreign investment and economic prosperity during post-sanctions era. Following this is an interview with Chinese Ambassador to Tehran, Mr. Pang Sen, on the sidelines of the 4th Chinese Spring Festival held on March 3, 2016 in Niavaran Palace Complex in northern Tehran. Abdolhamid Bayati of MNA International Desk discusses all US breaches of promise in Op-Ed. This is followed by an extensive discussion with the Imam of Washington mosque Abdul Alim Musa on a host of issues including ISIL, Saudi Arabia and the new situation in the Middle East.
Notable in Culture section of the magazine is the Iranian New Year ‘Nowruz’ and the message by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei on the occasion. Most visited cities during Nowruz are discussed in the follow up section, and a report on the Chinese Spring Festival is given which highlights its similarities with the Iranian Nowruz. Tehran was host to Iran-Japan joint Symposium on “Women, Peace and Sustainable Development” in May during which MNA correspondent conducted an interview with Japanese economic expert Mizue Tsukushi on the role of women in sustainable development.
This edition of Mehr Vision includes a section dedicated to technology with two interviews with successful Iranian researchers in Sweden and an interview with the winner of the inaugural Mustafa Prize Prof. Jackie Y. Ying, Executive Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore.
The Dossier covers the great cinematic event ‘34th Fajr International Film Festival’ that was held in Tehran from April 20th to April 25th. The section kicks off with a general report and the names of the winners, followed by a review on ‘Dawn’ which won the trophy for Best Feature Film in Art and Experince section of the festival, and a review on Icelandic film ‘Rams’ which won Golden Simorgh for Best Film. MNA correspondent also conducted an interview with Russia’s most distinguished filmmaker
Alexander Sokurov on the sidelines of the festival, as well as an interview Iran’s Head of Cinema Organization Hojatollah Ayoubi who highlighted the role and impact of Iranian cinema, saying it is an indispensable part of the global cinematic trend.
News in Vision features the sum up of the most notable events from March to May at a glance.
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