Israel is making a new effort to engage the people of Iran, as the two regional rivals trade increasingly tough rhetoric and threaten to attack the other in self-defense. Under the Israeli initiative, the nation's government-funded broadcaster recently re-launched radio programs in Farsi with a new host. VOA’s Michael Lipin went to the host's Tel Aviv studio to find how he is trying to connect with a young Iranian audience.
Some Syrian children have spent their whole lives in wartime conditions. Even those who escaped the conflict are suffering the consequences. Experts say the effects of the protracted war are devastating for the physical, mental and educational development of a whole generation of Syrians. VOA’s Zlatica Hoke reports the fate of Syrian children was discussed by experts at a forum in Washington on Monday.