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Fariba Amini

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Elections, Iranian Style

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 10:35 PM

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, an architect of the Revolution, two-term President of the Islamic Republic (1989 -97), and for over 30 years one of the most powerful men in Iran, has been banned from running in the coming elections.

It was another slap in his face.

I never doubted...

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Forgotten Captive: The Most Famous Political Prisoner In Iran

(7) Comments | Posted November 25, 2012 | 8:57 AM

I visited him in 2005 at his home in northern Tehran, facing the Alborz Mountains. He is the longest held prisoner of Iran, sometimes referred to as the Iranian Mandela.

He was on a leave of absence, which is part of a prison furlough system in Iran. His name, Abbas...

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Why I Will Vote for Obama Again

(14) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 1:30 PM

2008: Obama inherits a nearly 10 trillion-dollar deficit and two ongoing costly wars from George Bush. The U.S. faces economic meltdown at home, throwing the country into a 1930s Depression-like crisis. He tries to deliver despite obstructionism by the other side. Republicans question his citizenship, his name, his religion and...

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Making Iran Into Enemy Number One

(120) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 2:47 PM

It was in 1987, 25 years ago, that Yitzhak Rabin, the late PM of Israel said, "Iran is Israel's best friend and we do not intend to change our position in relation to Tehran, because Khomeini's regime will not last forever."

Things have changed quite a bit...

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Human Rights: Lost in the Midst of Negotiations?

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 3:04 PM

While negotiations between the G-5 and representatives of the Islamic Republic have captivated the world, the fact that a growing number of Iran's human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, students -- many of them women -- are in jail or on their way to jail, has received little international attention. The...

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Republicans, Netanyahu and Iranian Children

(100) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 11:50 AM

"Attack Iran, Bomb Iran" is the monotonously uttered mantra of three out of the four Republican candidates whose foreign policy seems to involve one country alone.

Concerned about an unborn fetus, the sanctity of life, and the usage of contraception -- as if all other problems have been resolved --...

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Republicans in the U.S. Go All the Way: Nuke Iran

(11) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 2:09 PM

When it comes to Republican candidates and their ideas about foreign policy, the recent contenders have reached the peak of shrillness and stupidity. Gingrich, Romney and Perry share one word constantly: Iran. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich has gone as far as saying that if...

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