Impoverished villages and huge sewage ponds surround the ruins of an ancient civilization noted for its urban planning and advanced sanitation measures.
Regime media paints a modern, Western-friendly picture, while opposition media depicts women as passive and dependent. Emerging news outlets are trying to present a more accurate image.
Although the government’s grip on media outlets has loosened in recent years, dangerous constraints, plus lowered standards of professionalism, are causing deep concern.
In a country where public school systems are failing, a growing nonprofit organization shows students and teachers how to revitalize learning.