I’m Maziar Motamedi and I cover Iran for the Al Jazeera English Digital team from Tehran, where I’m currently working mostly on my computer at home since the country continues to battle the most serious COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East.
From its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers to its friendships and rivalries across the region and its domestic politics, Iran produces a constant stream of news that can sometimes make a journalist feel like too much to follow.
Recently, I was covering the run-up to the June 18 presidential election, which may be unprecedented given its lack of competitiveness and low voter turnout. Efforts underway in Vienna to restore the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) have also been in the spotlight for several months, and many are willing to hold direct talks with regional rival Saudi Arabia hoping to resolve some of the differences. https://www.aljazeera.com/author/maziar_motamedi_190127060358086
But there is a lot to talk about: how US sanctions have affected every aspect of life in Iran, how rampant inflation is making people poorer every day, and how everyone seems to have become an overnight cryptocurrency trader, to name a few. .