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Iran's Hardliners Might Be Making a Comeback -- And the West Should Pay Attention

Akbar Ganji | Posted 05.13.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

The power struggle in Iran between the hardliners on one side and moderates, pragmatists and reformists on the other, will not only decide the future of the most important nation in the Middle East, it will also affect the entire region. The West should pay attention to the struggle and support the moderate coalition against the hardliners by reaching a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.

Chairman Of Iran's Most Influential Clerical Body Dies

AP | Posted 12.21.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A leading Iranian cleric, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani, who headed the country's most influential clerical body charged w...

Let's Remember What Iran Has Said About Israel

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

WASHINGTON-It is one of the great ironies of history that the nation of Israel--and likely, the religion of Judaism as we know it--would not exist if ...

A Road Map of Iranian Election Politics: What Led to Rouhani's Victory?

Omid Memarian | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Omid Memarian

The truth is that calling this election "free" disregards all the machinations and state meddling that preceded the vote itself. All eight candidates were approved by the Guardian Council on condition of their commitment to Iran's Supreme Leader.

The Irrelevance of Iran's Presidential Election

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The long journey of Iranian people towards freedom and independence will only end when they bid farewell to the reformists who have every interest in preserving this regime which survives by moving the country from one crisis to another. Boycotting the election would be a first step.

Election in Iran: Rafsanjani's Disqualification Anchors the Islamic Republic in Securitarianism

Milad Jokar | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Milad Jokar

Iran is located in the middle of a region which is on the edge of conflagration. A destabilization of the regime would not only undermine the stability of its power; it would also put the Iranian nation at stake and potentially collapse the regional balances of power.

Elections, Iranian Style

Fariba Amini | Posted 07.27.2013 | World
Fariba Amini

Whoever wins the Iranian elections, it is unlikey that Iran will move toward total totalitarianism as some analysts predict. Iranian society does not have the ingredients to evolve into a totalitarian state.

Iran's 2009 Protests Haunt Upcoming Elections

Pouya Alimagham | Posted 07.26.2013 | World
Pouya Alimagham

The Iranian government wants to prevent the simmering opposition from surfacing and using a Rafsanjani candidacy as a cover to reignite 2009's protest movement.

Top Candidate Barred From Running In Iranian Election

AP | NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 07.21.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's election overseers removed potential wild-card candidates from the presidential race Tuesday, blocking a top aide of outgo...

"Hashemi Rafsanjani, Is the Real Fire!"

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is almost 80 years old but his candidacy or involvement can pose a significant challenge and difference in the Iranian election.

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...

Iran Detains Ex-President's Son

AP | Posted 09.24.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's state news agency says authorities have detained the son of influential ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani two days after ar...

Iran: West Nuclear Talks 'Bullying' And 'Dishonest'

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 08.21.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's leaders have accused the West of "enmity" and "bullying" policies after recent nuclear talks with world powers in Moscow e...

Iran Sentences Daughter Of Former President To Prison

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 03.04.2012 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran closed out naval war games in the Gulf on Tuesday much the way they began last month: striking a tone of mili...

Former President's Daughter On Trial

AP | Posted 02.23.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been brought to trial on charges of making propaganda again...

Iran's Hardliners Target Top Private University

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's leader issued a decree Monday paving the way for a state takeover of the country's largest private university, in a crushi...

Pushing the Iranian Opposition Underground

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melody Moezzi

No holiday is dearer to the hearts of the Iranian people than Nowruz. But this year, many of my friends in Tehran will not be taking vacations. Instead, they're planning to take to the streets yet again, in bold defiance of the warnings of the regime and the pleas of their parents.

Iran Seeks To Quiet Critical Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — When Iran holds state-run ceremonies this week for an important Islamic feast day, there will be one very noticeable c...

Ahmadinejad Kicks Diversion Efforts into High Gear

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

In the lead-up to his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is up to his old tricks. And sadly, the global community seems to be falling for them.

Iranian Regime Faces Worst Enemy Yet: Itself

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Iranians could empathize with Palestinians Friday more than ever, but not in the way that Iran's self-proclaimed President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wanted them to.

Quds Day: Powerful Iranian Cleric, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Barred From Delivering Prayers | Borzou Daragahi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reporting from Beirut - A powerful cleric who supports Iran's opposition movement has been barred from delivering Friday prayers during Quds Day in Te...

The Unconstitutional Un-Islamic Republic of Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With increasing accounts of rape, torture, forced confessions and skewed judicial proceedings, the Iranian government is losing any credibility it had left, including any legitimate claim to Islam.

Iran's Red Tulip Revolution

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With each death at the hands of the regime, a martyr is born, and with each martyr, the seed of revolution is planted.

The Basij Are Cordially Invited to Join the Opposition

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Thanks to their new duties, which include increasingly violent and inhumane acts, reports of Basiji taking protesters up on their invitations to join the opposition movement are growing.

Iran, Protest, and Intelligence: Why Strategic Reports Often Get it Wrong

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

Revolutions are accurately designated as such only after the fact, not when protests begin. The protests in Iran are not yet and may never become a revolution.