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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.

One Of These Men Will Be Iran's Next Prez

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

The eight candidates approved Tuesday for Iran's June 14 presidential election to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who cannot run again because of term li...

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...

Advice to Jeff Zucker

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.10.2013 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

This morning's Washington Post provides the best reporting yet on the new CNN and Jeff Zucker's intentions. It's good reporting, but it fails to consider CNN's early years and early strategy. I created CNN as the antithesis of the then three major networks.

When Is an Islamic Fatwa not a Fatwa?

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

If Iran's Rushdie fatwa was accepted at face value, shouldn't the Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons be interpreted likewise? The New York Times thought so when it wrote that "American officials say they believe that Ayatollah Khamenei exercises full control over Iran's nuclear program."

Iran's Supreme Leader Calls Ahmadinejad 'Bad, Wrong, Inappropriate'

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 02.17.2013 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Iran's supreme leader is supposed to be many things in the eyes of his followers: Spiritual mentor, protector of the Is...

We're Not... But We Could Be

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 02.16.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Supreme Leader said Saturday that his country was not seeking nuclear weapons, but that if Tehran intended to build them, the U...

US-Iran: Did Khamenei Say 'No' to Direct Talks?

Walter Posch | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Walter Posch

Western media took Ayatollah Khamenei's answer as a clear "no" to negotiations and as an unnecessarily rude rebuke of Joe Biden's gesture. This said, a closer look at his speech reveals other aspects and allows for a more nuanced reading.

Ahmadinejad Vs. The Ayatollah

Reuters | Posted 04.10.2013 | World

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, Feb 8 - It was an extraordinary moment in the history of the Islamic Republic. Live on s...

Iran's Supreme Leader Rejects Direct Talks With U.S.

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 04.09.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- American proposals for direct talks with Iran are pointless while Washington is "holding a gun" to the country through sanctions, Iran...

The Dictator's Dead Pool for 2013: Will China's Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Philip N. Howard

There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.

Did The Ayatollah Just Join Facebook?

AP | Posted 02.17.2013 | Technology

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Facebook page purportedly created by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attracted nearly 10,000 follo...

Ahmadinejad And The Mahdi

Thomas M. Kostigen | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Thomas M. Kostigen

The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is looking to acquire nuclear weapons for more than political purposes; he believes in a radical religious End Times prophecy.

Senators Mull Tougher Iran Sanctions

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are working on a set of new and unprecedented sanctions against Iran that could prevent the Islamic republic from doing ...

Iran Policy and the 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The news that Obama has chosen dialogue over saber rattling gives Romney the opportunity to vent his criticism at the sole foreign policy debate that falls on the 50th anniversary of the night when President John F. Kennedy first made public the existence of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba.

Iran Hits the Sanctions Threshold

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's speech could be interpreted as an indirect signal of growing willingness on the part of the Iranian leadership to break the nuclear deadlock.

Why Iran Won't Cave on Nuclear Enrichment

Rajan Menon | Posted 12.05.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

The currency crisis has created big problems for ordinary Iranians.The price of any item made with imported materials costs a whole lot more now. That's the economic side of things. But it's the political angle that's getting the most attention in the U.S.

The Most Visible Sign Of Iran's Influence In Iraq

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and LARA JAKES | Posted 11.25.2012 | World

BAGHDAD — After years of growing influence, a new sign of Iran's presence in Iraq has hit the streets. Thousands of signs, that is, depicting Ir...

Seeking the Heckler's Veto in Tehran

Chris DeVito | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

It was perhaps predictable that the Iranian government would take advantage of this moment of unrest to renew their attack on both new and old heretical foes.

Iran Urges West To Take Action On Anti-Islam Film

AP | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's top leader urged the West on Monday to show it respects Muslims by blocking a film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and has touc...

Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran Has No Interest In Nuclear Weapons

Reuters | Posted 10.29.2012 | World

DUBAI, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Iran has no interest in nuclear weapons but will keep pursuing peaceful nuclear energy, Supreme Leader Aya...

Iran's Supreme Hipster? Ayatollah Khamenei Gets Instagram

Posted 08.02.2012 | World

Why didn't anyone think to snag the username khamenei_ir before? Iran's absolute ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been tweeting up a storm using the s...

Supreme Leader: Sanctions Will Not Halt Nuclear Program

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 09.24.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Western-led sanctions and diplomatic pressure will not force Iran to halt its nuclear program, Iran's Supreme Leader said Wednesd...

'Getting to Yes' With Iran Starts at Home

Reza Marashi | Posted 07.22.2012 | World
Reza Marashi

There is only one way to break a 34-year-old deadlock: break the rules. America and Iran must talk to each other and trade compromises of equal value in order to break down the hostility and misperceptions that paralyze our relations.

Iran: Hacking Ya-Haq?

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 07.14.2012 | World
Reporters Uncensored

The Iranian government's consistent repressive policies towards netizens has increased two fold in recent years as the government continues to step up its program to monitor, censor and persecute dissidents.