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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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.

Dysfunctional Congress Threatens Iran Talks

David Elliott | Posted 07.02.2012 | World
David Elliott

While Congress fights over tax policy and the budget, it should take a moment to fix its sanctions legislation and return the power to make peace back to the president.

The U.S. and Iran Are Talking. Why Is the New York Times Peddling Iran Islamophobia?

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Media
Robert Naiman

Last Saturday -- the same day the United States and Iran were having "constructive and useful" discussions on Iran's nuclear program in Istanbul -- the New York Times published a piece titled, "Seeking Nuclear Insight in Fog of the Ayatollah's Utterances."

For Peace, Both Obama and Khamenei Must Compromise

Trita Parsi | Posted 06.08.2012 | World
Trita Parsi

Driven by limited political maneuverability at home, domestic pressure not to compromise, and a perception of strength, the nuclear talks have often been about imposing terms of capitulation on the other. It has never succeeded.

Mike Wallace's Legacy

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 06.08.2012 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

His hard-hitting approach to investigative journalism and take-no-prisoners interviewing style helped define the program in its early years. And Mike conducted his interviews, legends, movie stars and crooks, with the same intensity. He would say, "I'm just nosy."

Khamenei Is Willing to Make Negotiations Succeed

Angie Ahmadi | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Angie Ahmadi

Should conservative factions in Iran unite under the auspices of the Supreme Leader, western diplomats will face a less challenging task in advancing nuclear negotiations forward.

How Romney's Evil Iran, Congress's Crippling Sanctions and Obama's Unexhausted Diplomacy Are Taking Us to War

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Evil is back. Mitt Romney resurrected President George W. Bush-era evil finger pointing towards Tehran. Evil is something morally reprehensible, sinful, or wicked, but does Iran fit the bill?

Iran's Parliamentary Vote: The Beginning of the End of Ahmadinejad

Angie Ahmadi | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Angie Ahmadi

Last Friday, Iran held its first elections since the controversial 2009 presidential contest, which led to the near-elimination of pro-reform political forces in the Islamic Republic. For this reason, the parliamentary vote should be viewed as an unrepresentative sham -- nothing more than a selection process amongst the ruling conservative elite.

Which Side's Hardliners Will Sabotage US-Iran Diplomacy? Enter Romney and Lieberman

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.09.2012 | World
Jamal Abdi

We're at a rare moment in which both the United States and Iran have unclenched their fists and appear ready for real talks. But we've seen how opportunities have been sabotaged in the past by political opportunism, ultimatums and intransigence from factions on each side.

Netanyahu's Dangerous Misuse of the Holocaust

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

There are obvious points of consensus in the Free World: the Iranian Regime is not nice; in fact, it's pretty horrid, both to its own people and in it...

Holding Iran's Supreme Leader Accountable

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Reza Pahlavi

It is my sincere hope that whatever political motivations have previously guided nations in the past vis-à-vis Iran, they will do what is clearly right and side with the people of Iran by voting to refer this case to the International Criminal Court at once.

"Dear Ahmadinejad": Revisiting Petr Lom's Letters to the President

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.06.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

Letters to the President turned out to be a film which undeniably proved that there are as many opinions as there are people in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Ayatollah Is Right About One Thing: Nuclear Weapons Are Sinful

Robert Scheer | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

How to explain the Ayatollah's recent seemingly logical and humane religious proclamations on the immorality of nuclear weapons? His statement challenges the acceptance of nuclear war-fighting as an option by every U.S. president since Harry Truman.

The Iran Diplomacy Puzzle

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

A failure to reach a diplomatic solution carries huge costs: tensions between Iran and the West continue to rise in what some have called a shadow war.

Iran's Oil Threat, "Deja Vu, All Over Again"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Where is Yogi Berra when we need him? There is Iran going back to its old game plan, threatening to ban oil exports.

Can Sanctions Bring Iran to the Table?

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 03.25.2012 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The sanctions take place in a climate of increasing tension and concern over U.S. military action, an option the Obama administration said remains on the table. The administration hopes the sanctions will cause enough economic pain to force Tehran to engage in diplomacy.

A Short Washington History of Iranian Blowback

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In more than 50 years, America's leaders have never made a move in Iran (or near it) that didn't lead to unexpected and unpleasant blowback. Now, another administration in Washington is preparing yet another set of clever maneuvers.

U.S. Warns Top Iran Leader Not To Shut Strait Of Hormuz

The New York Times | Posted 01.13.2012 | World

The Obama administration is relying on a secret channel of communication to warn Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that closing the Str...

Iran Mounts Harsh New Web Crackdown

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 01.06.2012 | World

Iran is mounting new clampdowns on Internet expression, including rules that will impose layers of surveillance in the country's popular Internet cafe...

Washington Should Not Let the New Iran Crisis Go to Waste

Ali Vaez | Posted 12.26.2011 | World
Ali Vaez

More than three decades of U.S. policy toward Iran clearly demonstrates that pressure without an open door is an exercise in futility. The time is now ripe for the president to venture beyond doing things right and do the right thing: negotiate.

Iran's Target: Bahrain

Rob Sobhani | Posted 10.20.2011 | World
Rob Sobhani

The key question Obama and members of Congress have to ask themselves is: how can Washington protect Bahrain from Iran and while assisting its rulers in their challenge to address the grievances of its citizens?

Ayatollah Khamenei at Unprecedented Religio-Political Summits: The Hidden Imam's Infallible Representative

Ali Rahnema | Posted 10.03.2011 | World
Ali Rahnema

Ayatollah Khamenei has now been promoted by his clerical followers to a super-human status. In certain circles, he is already being addressed as Imam Khamenei. But can combining ultimate religious and political powers guarantee tenure?

Iran Reportedly Considering Offering Syria $5.8 Billion In Aid

Posted 09.14.2011 | World

(Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs offering $5.8 billion in aid to Syria to bolster its economy, a French newspaper said ...

The Occult Chickens Have Come Home To Roost: Religious Superstition In Iranian Politics

Ali Rahnema | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Ali Rahnema

Since early May 2011, charges of sorcery, witchcraft, and using supernatural powers to manipulate people and events for particular political ends have been leveled against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Why Did Iran Say "NO" to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights?

Omid Memarian | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

Considering the dire human rights situation in Iran, it seems that Tehran has found it politically very costly to let a foreign independent inspector visit the country.