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Can Ahmadinejad successfully break the ice between Iran and the US?

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

Why is Iran's president repeating his request for a meeting with President Obama when his country's supreme leader and other key leaders in Tehran have openly stated their opposition to US-Iran talks?

What Is It About Rahim Mashaie?

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

Iran's political reality is starting to come out from under its curtain, and we should soon expect a new kind of relationship to develop between Ahmadinejad and the orthodox clergy within the Iranian system.

Iran's Uprising Continues -- From Prison Cells

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

Few stories chronicle the constant struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran. This, however, does not mean that the struggle is dead. It is a daily struggle that continues ever vigorously.

The Fracas in Caracas

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

Feeling a clear and present danger from Team Obama's new bases designed to contain the FARC, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is threatening retaliation and cutting off oil exports to his top customer, the U.S.

Stop Hyperventilating: Obama Will Not Choose War with Iran

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Obama knows that there is no winning outcome for the US and its allies if he chooses a military course with Iran, even if some of his team seem to enjoy flirting with that option.

How to Win in Afghanistan

Mike Bonifer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mike Bonifer

This is an analysis of the Afghanistan War through the lens of improvisation. Improvisation isn't inherently comedic. As conceived by the godmother of modern improvisation, Viola Spolin, it is the practice of spontaneous communication and fast learning.

Ahmadinejad: Osama Bin Laden Is In D.C. (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In terms of theories of where Osama Bin Laden might be hiding, points for novelty should be given to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who propos...

Remembering Iran's Rights Abuses

Faraz Sanei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Faraz Sanei

Nearly one year after the flawed presidential election that kicked off the biggest and most sustained anti-government demonstrations since the Islamic Republic's founding, the human rights situation remains devastating.

Clinton, Ahmadinejad To Face Off

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

)(AP) UNITED NATIONS - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton engaged in a verbal nuclear exchange Monday...

Iranian Diaspora Needs to Act

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

What the Green Movement needs from the Iranian Diaspora, especially in the United States, is to come together and form a strong voice of political support for the cause of Iran's democratization.

Iran Moves To Crush Opposition

Telegraph | Damien McElroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Iran has launched a final push to crush the opposition movement with a campaign of repression against the remaining organised groups active against th...

Iran's Presidential Election One Year Later -- Why the Greens Failed

Ismael Hossein-zadeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ismael Hossein-zadeh

One year after his feverishly contested reelection as the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seems to be standing on firmer political ground than ...

Turkey and the West: Everybody Take a Valium

Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Doug Sarro

Washington's central challenge is not to turn back the clock and keep Turkey firmly in its orbit.

The Green Movement in Iran Is Alive, and Important

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Miller

On June 12, 2009, Iran's now infamous elections were held. The idea that the Green Movement would be successful in a few short months is ridiculous -- revolutions are not won in a day.

LA Business As Usual and A Better Place

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Returning to LA from an inspiring visit to Better Place, I wasn't ready for the now almost perennially bad news about the city's financial health. Bu...

Is Hugo Chavez the Kremlin's Useful Idiot?

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Ehrmann

With the Communist Party finding a second life in Russia one wonders if trust is wearing thin between Vladimir Putin and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. The two leaders hold discussions in Caracas tomorrow.

Shahram Amiri Defects To US: Missing Iranian Nuclear Scientist Helping CIA, Reports ABC News

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

(AP) WASHINGTON — An Iranian nuclear scientist who had been reported missing since last summer has defected to the U.S. and is assisting the CIA in ...

A Year of Blood and Promise in Iran

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Miller

This article originally appeared on Dissected News, where James will be live-blogging the events surrounding the anniversary of the June 12th election...

U.S. Moves Goalposts On Iran And Changes Uranium Details

The New York Times | Roger Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Americans see Iranians as "devious, mendacious, fanatical, violent and incomprehensible." Iranians, in turn, see Americans as "belligerent, sanctimoni...

Books About Zen, The Holocaust And Baha'i Banned At Tehran Book Fair

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty | Golnaz Esfandiari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Other banned titles include "Power, Islam and the Political Elite in Iran," which Tabnak says makes unfair judgments about Iran, and a book titled "Ze...

Iran Sanctions: A Double-Edged Sword

Shirin Mohammadi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirin Mohammadi

A year after the Obama Administration's decision to attempt a new policy of engagement with Iran, the U.N. Security Council is considering new proposals for a fresh round of sanctions against Tehran.

Nasrallah and Ahmadinejad's Banquet of Defiance

Patrick Galey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patrick Galey

The image is like all the others. Two smartly dressed, middle-aged politicians, languidly seated, apparently discussing something of vague significanc...

Iran, the Green Movement, and Cricket

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Josh Shahryar

The key to the Iranian opposition's success is consistency. Every time it has called for a protest, now over more than eight months, it has put people on the ground.

Why Iran Keeps Defying the West

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Margolis

Why does Iran keep provoking Western anger, defying the Security Council, inviting sanctions, and risking devastating Israeli attack when it could simply buy fuel rods from Europe that cannot be used for nuclear weapons?

Iran Social Media Facing Serious Obstacles

Huffington Post | Rebecca Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Citizen journalists faced serious obstacles in Iran today. News outlets are reporting that during the lead-up to the 31st anniversary of the Iranian r...