Iran is the 18th-largest country in the world, has around 80 million inhabitants and it is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations.
Iran is the only country that has both a Caspian Sea and an Indian Ocean coastline. Its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia, and its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz gives it special geostrategic importance.There are around 120,000 Iranians living in Germany with Hamburg as the main center of the Iranian diaspora.
On this week's show: Travel with us to what used to be eastern Ukraine's richest town and is now a war-ravaged ghost town, visit the island of Curacao which is becoming a magnet for desperate Venezuelans, learn what Berlin's voluntary scene is like, find out how the Ku Klux Klan is operating in Germany and how an Iranian-American musician has been left badly shaken by Donald Trump's travel ban.
Donald Trump’s travel ban prevented entrance to would-be immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries purported as "dangerous" to America. Iran is one of those countries, and Trump's ban had a deep impact on the Persian community, especially in California. Iranian-American musician Maryama in LA has been left badly shaken. Yet, she perceives harmony when it comes to the US and Iran.
Heading home after the Munich Security Conference, political leaders leave behind diverging ideas of how to reduce conflict in the Middle East. With no easy solutions, prospects of peace remain elusive as ever.
Donald Trump's promise to get tough with Iran and restrict immigration has raised concerns among some business people in Germany with Iranian roots. They're reconsidering their efforts in the US, even though German citizens aren't affected.
At the traditional demonstration celebrating the Islamic Revolution, President Rouhani called the new US administration "a problem." While some marchers trampled US flags, other held banners thanking Americans.