An answer from the field

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Noushin Farnoud can still see the pieces of brain splattered across the window of a building in the just-bombed wreckage of her Tehran neighbourhood. She rubs her temples delicately as she recounts the smell, the smoke and the raw fear of being in an Iranian war zone. The 23-year-old electrical engineering masters student still shudders at the memory of herself as a 10-year-old clinging to her parents’ hands, staring at buildings that had been cleaved into sections with the ease of “someone slicing a cake” by the incessant bombing Tehran endured during the Iran-Iraq war.

The quintessential question

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Since 1980, Iraq has almost constantly been mired in war. First, with neighbouring Iran, then against a U.S.-led coalition of nations. And as tensions between the Middle Eastern nation and the United States once again take centre stage in the world forum, another conflict appears to be imminent.

The girl in the middle

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Three young girls are huddles in a crumbling concrete structure. They hold their postures tight and stare straight ahead. It’s their eyes, more than their frowning mouths, that give them a maturity beyond their years. Their black worried eyes peer out of the picture, accusing every onlooker.

Fists rise through thick and thin

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For some members, being part of the political art collective Taring Padi has meant an invasion by far right extremists, shunning galleries and jamming in hardcore bands. Kevin Ritchie gives the details in the second of his two-part series.

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Sleepover soulmates stick it out

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Marie, a second-year Ryerson journalism student and her partner, Harrar, a second-year psychology student at York University, have shared their lives with one another since they were 16 and 17 years old. These young women believe they’re soulmates, regardless of their sexual identity. The complications of where they are in the process of coming out and what their parents think, Marie and Harrar believe, will fall into place.

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The darker side of black

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Skin tone bias within the black community has been around since slavery, but a university study shows stereotypes based on skin tone still exist. One dark-skinned Toronto student tells what it’s like to live in the shadows of her lighter-skinned counterparts.