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Exclusive Interview with Vice President of the Syrian National Coalition Hisham Marwah

Hisham MarwahA "roadmap" for Syria drafted by the Syrian National Coalition, Syria's main political opposition body based in Istanbul, and the National Coordination Committee, an opposition group based in Damascus, was approved last Friday.


Exclusive interview with former US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford

Robert FordFormer US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford 'Syria needs a national government that has popular support and can mobilise the population to reject and fight extremism'


Exclusive interview with Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström

Margot Wallström In an interview with Christine Petré during a state visit to Tunisia Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallström talked about Tunisia's success story, the Islamist party Ennahda, the recent Swedish recognition of Palestine, the famous IKEA schism with Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman and the country's aim for a "feminist foreign policy." Read the transcript or listen to the audio.


Iran’s most celebrated visual artist, Parviz Tanavoli, speaks to MEMO about his work

Davis Museum Parviz Tanavoli, Heech Lovers (with the artist). Photo by John GordonAs a young boy Parviv Tanavoli's favourite toy was the simple lock. As there were no ready-made toys like those of today he would take them apart, fix them and make keys for the ones that didn't work. "I was the locksmith of the neighbourhood because all the locks in those days had one key and they were handmade. There weren't that many machine-made locks. If there were they were very expensive," he tells me.


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