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Iran Is Driving the Bus, so Why Is the West Celebrating?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is hard to understand what all the celebrating in the West is about. Simply that there is an agreement where there had been none? The Iranians should be doing the celebrating -- and they are.

Remedy for Government Shutdown Blues? Jazz

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

After all, music soothes the savage beast. And there's plenty of wild legislators roaming the government corridors that could use some calming down. Jazz dudes may have found the elixir: jazz is Xanadu minus the Xanax.

Stumbling to Tehran: A Deeply Flawed Argument for a Very Good Idea

Danny Postel | Posted 10.05.2013 | World
Danny Postel

The Leveretts are ideally positioned to champion the case for normalizing relations between the United States and Iran -- a case that desperately needs to be both made and heard in Washington. Lamentably, their ideological contortions get in the way and derail the effort.

Ahmadinejad U? Mahmoud Reportedly Opening University In Tehran

AP | Posted 09.26.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian news website says outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has obtained clearance to establish a technology university i...

What Now, Mahmoud?

AP | NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Mock condolences arriving by text message in Iran announce the political "death" of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Memorial services, ...

Iran's President-Elect Takes Shot At Outgoing Ahmadinejad

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 09.14.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's president-elect leveled his broadest criticism of the outgoing administration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad since June's election, say...

Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran

Meghan Nuttall Sayres | Posted 08.24.2013 | Books
Meghan Nuttall Sayres

My last post was entitled "Media Washed Middle East," in which I wrote about my experiences traveling and writing about the Middle East. Those sojourn...

Why Iran's New President Matters: Don't Miss the Fifty Shades of Purple

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.19.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

This year's elections underscore the dynamic yearning of Iran's masses for liberal reform, economic recovery, and constructive relations with the outside world.

Ahmadinejad Meets With Iran's New Prez

AP | Posted 06.18.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has met his newly elected successor Hassan Rouhani. A Tuesday report by the official ...

Iran Court Summons Ahmadinejad

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

DUBAI, June 17 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was summoned on Monday to appear before a criminal court on unspecified charges lev...

Iranian Voters Turn Out In Large Numbers

AP | NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 08.14.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's reformist-backed presidential candidate surged to a wide lead in early vote counting Saturday, a top official said, suggesting ...

Reports: Ahmadinejad Has Helicopter 'Incident'

AP | Posted 06.02.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's official news agency says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's helicopter experienced an unspecified "incident" while touring a rural area, bu...

Ahmadinejad Slams Election Decision

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 07.22.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — By now, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is well-accustomed to enduring blows from Iran's ruling clerics as his reputation fell from...

It's Official: The List of Approved Iranian Presidential Candidates Has a Couple Huge Disqualifications

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

What the huge disqualifications do tells us is that the Supreme Leader and his hardline establishment are flexing their muscles for anyone who's looking for trouble at this year's presidential election.

74 Lashes For Ahmadinejad?

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.13.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's constitutional watchdog said Sunday it will seek possible charges against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for allegedly violating...

Could Ahmadinejad End Up Under House Arrest?

Al-Monitor | Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.01.2013 | World

Until recently, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad behaved like a boxer who always knew that in fights against his rivals, the referee (i.e., the I...

Iran's Former Prez: 'We Are Not At War With Israel'

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 06.29.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's influential former president says his country is not at war with archenemy Israel, the media reported Monday, in the latest dep...

'We Don't Need An Atomic Bomb'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.15.2013 | World

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday defended his country's controversial nuclear programme while on a tour of west Africa, calling it peac...

How The Secret Service Almost Shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Atlantic | Marc Ambinder And D.B. Grady | Posted 03.21.2013 | World

One morning in September 2006, during the United Nations General Assembly, President George W. Bush’s daily intelligence brief contained a particula...

Hugo Chávez and the Middle East: Which Side Was He On?

Danny Postel | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Danny Postel

I admire a great deal of what Chávez and his Bolivarian Revolution accomplished in Venezuela. It's precisely because of these positive accomplishments that Chávez's record on the Middle East and North Africa is so disconcerting.

Egypt and Iran: An Elusive Axis

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

After three decades of frosty relations, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a historic visit to Cairo on February 5, 2012, making him the only post-revolutionary Iranian leader to set foot in the Arab heartland.

Ahmadinejad Makes Historic Trip To Egypt

AP | AYA BATRAWY | Posted 04.07.2013 | World

CAIRO -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in Egypt on Tuesday for the first visit by an Iranian leader in more than three decades, marking a hist...

Ahmadinejad Sacks Only Female Minister

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2013 | World

DUBAI, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday dismissed his only female cabinet minister, Health Minister Marzieh Vahi...

Ahmadinejad: U.S. Election Is 'Battleground For Capitalists'

AP | DESSIANING ARIYANTI | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

BALI, Indonesia — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ridiculed the expense of the U.S. election, mocking it as a "battleground for capitalist...

Ahmadinejad Barred From Iran Prison

AP | Posted 12.22.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's state prosecutor says he has denied permission to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit an imprisoned advisor, a further sign of th...