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The CIA's Role in Iranian Regime Change

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson

I would guess that in the past year, there were more regime-change-in-Iran plots floated by members of the intelligence community than there are Iranians.

Iran: Is Larijani the New Rafsanjani?

John Ghazvinian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Ghazvinian

Where should we be looking for an early indication of which way things might go in Iran's election crisis? Two words: Watch Larijani.

Khamenei Ridicules Obama For Pre-Election Letter

The Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Prior to this month's disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Kh...

Ahmadinejad Tweets Back (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

No doubt Twitter has been an amazing force during the Iranian protests, allowing reporters and students alike to document the oppression and violence ...

Men's Tears, Women's Tears and Crocodile Tears

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carine Fabius

If a woman in a position of power cries in public, she's either weak or being manipulative. If a man in power cries, it's because he's man enough to let his tears show.

Iran's Martin Luther Moment -- The Problem of Fixing Elections

Michael B. Laskoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael B. Laskoff

The political evolution of Martin Luther is relevant to what's going on in Iran. Like Luther, Mousavi has become much reform-minded so as to distinguish himself from the incumbent administration.

Grading Democracy on a Curve

Will Durst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Will Durst

You want to rig an election, you don't claim 63%. You squeak by with 51%. Didn't you guys learn anything from Karl Rove? At least let the other guy appear to win his home district.

Iran and America: The Spirit of 1908

John Ghazvinian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Ghazvinian

Is 101 years a bit far to go back to help us understand what's happening today? Not in Iran.

An Exclusive Interview with a Pro-Ahmadinejad Cleric in Qom, Iran

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

A recurring theme in many of the cleric's answers is his very strong belief that "foreign" Western powers, particularly England, are behind the current unrest in Tehran

Note to US Congress: Back Off of Iran!

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

Taking a backseat to allow others to embrace their own destiny does not weaken the United States, it strengthens it.

Iran's Revolution: A Hard and Uncertain Path

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

How long can the opposition sustain itself? Four, five, or six weeks from now, will the protests still continue? Will the world still be watching Youtube videos being recycled on CNN?

Four Reflections on the Iranian Uprising So Far

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

I have been glued to the Internet all week watching Iran's chaos unfold from the outside. Following are some key lessons learned, regardless of the outcome of the fallout.

What if Obama Was a Tough Guy?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

I'd like to beat my chest and say what a fraud the Grand Ayatollah is and how he has robbed his own people of a voice in their own government. But what are you going to back it up with?

Faeze Rafsanjani's Arrest and Ayatollah Khamenei's Fears

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

As the demonstrations in Iran continue, sooner or later, the demonstrators are going to need the support of a leader. Otherwise, the demonstrations may disintegrate, due to factionalism and dispute over how to continue.

The Basij Will Face Retribution: Exiled by the regime, Ayatollah Mohsen Kadivar Gives His Own Sermon

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

Kadivar is one of Iran's most respected clerics. His words are powerful because he is able to counter the religious arguments of the Ayatollah with his own sound religious and theological logic.

Obama Must Speak Up Quickly or Iran Can Become His Rwanda

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

What ignited the protests may have been Ahmadinejad's hijacking of the election, but what has been fueling the protests and disobedience by millions of Iranians goes much deeper than this election.

Weekly Foreign Affairs Round-Up

Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Herbert and Victoria Kataoka

The Week's Top Stories in Foreign Affairs : What to Make of Iran's Post-Election Uproar Facts: Incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quickly declared the...

It Ain't Over till the Ayatollah Says So

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Some say tomorrow will bring another dawn and, the opposition will be back on the streets, but will they really show up? The Ayatollah may have put the nail in the coffin.

GOP Uses Iran Resolution to Slam Obama, Undermine Iranian People

Adam Blickstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Blickstein

While they display the veneer of being on the side of the Iranian people, in the end Cantor, Pence and Rohrabacher confirmed themselves as the leading speechwriters for Iran's oppressive regime.

Khamenei's Speech: Learning From the Shah?

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

As far as the Supreme Leader of Iran is concerned, the demonstrators have shown their opposition, and now, it's enough.

There Will Be Blood -- Exclusive Interview With an Iranian Journalist in Tehran

Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

The journalist, who wishes to remain anonymous, fears that Khamenei's sermon has opened the doors for a Tiananmen in Tehran.

A Way Out Of The Iranian Stalemate

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
J. Bradley Jansen

By declaring a new run-off between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi, Khamenei could uphold the law and will of the council while simultaneously assuaging the protesters.

The Supreme Leader's Gamble: Iran's Crisis Deepens

Robin Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robin Wright

In taking an unyielding stand behind the results of the contested vote, Iran's supreme leader put his own position and powers on the line too.

Supreme Leader to Demonstrators: "Drop Dead!"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The titanic struggle of wills between the Supreme Leader and Mousavi is so riveting that it may very well seal the fate of any durable prospect of a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran.

Hello, Iran

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Giles Slade

Injustice and arrogance are powerful catalysts, aren't they?