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Abolhassan Bani-Sadr is the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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How Iran Can Escape Its Nuclear Deadlock with the U.S.

(6) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 5:20 PM

PARIS -- The nuclear deadlock between Iran and the U.S., from the Iranian side, is a result of multiple deadlocks in which the regime has trapped itself.

One is the consumerist nature of the Iranian economy, which is based on exporting Iran's natural resources and importing goods. This trap...

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Ayatollah Khamenei and Netanyahu: Two Sides of a Coin

(204) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 12:01 PM

The main purpose of Ayatollah Khamenei's recent call to arm the Palestinians is to bring the West Bank under the control of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and do away with the more moderate PLO. His attempt to exploit the unimaginable suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza is a reflection of...

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35 Years On, It is Time to Return to the Democratic Spirit of the Iranian Revolution

(25) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 9:44 AM

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr with Mahmood Delkhasteh. Bani-Sadr was the first elected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He now lives in exile outside of Paris. Mahmood Delkhasteh is an Iranian scholar and writer.

PARIS -- The Iranian Revolution 35 years ago had two conflicting impulses exemplified by what could be...

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After Rouhani's UN Speech: A Nuclear Deal, But Not Normalization With the U.S.

(56) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 10:02 AM

PARIS -- Since the hostage crisis 34 years ago, the Iranian regime has made the U.S. a linchpin of its domestic and international politics. To normalize relations with the U.S. would mean that the regime would have to deprive itself of this linchpin. For a still-powerful faction within the leadership,...

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The Tunisian Revolt: Learning From the Mistakes of the Iranian Revolution

(81) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 12:06 PM

By removing a despot who was the main obstacle to democracy, the Tunisian revolt has immense importance for the Arab and Islamic world. Above all, it has opened up a future which, due to the iron grip of an authoritarian political system backed by European and Arab governments, had been...

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Iran at the Crossroads of History: Will This Regime Fall Like the Shah's?

(48) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 4:27 PM

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was the first president of Iran after the 1979 revolution. He now lives in exile outside Paris. This article was written exclusively for the Global Viewpoint Network. It has been translated from the French. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second inauguration is scheduled for Aug. 5.

PARIS --...

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