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Iran To Hold First Elections Since Nuclear Deal, But Don't Expect Change Overnight

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | World

Iranian voters head to the polls Friday for the first elections since last year’s nuclear agreement. They will choose members of the next parliament...

Despite Iran Deal, U.S.-Iran Relations Still Very Much Up in the Air

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 01.21.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Despite the recent achievements on Iran-U.S. relations, which have been unprecedented since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the wall of mistrust between Washington and Tehran remains thick. It is of critical importance for the pragmatists on each side to ensure they stick to fully implementing the nuclear deal.

Former Iranian President: Saudi-Iran Clash Is About Power, Not Religion

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 01.06.2016 | World

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr was the first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran after the 1979 revolution. He answered these questions for The WorldPost ...

Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Iran, Foreign Minister Says

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.04.2016 | World

DUBAI/RIYADH, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday, responding to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalating row be...

Khamenei Endorses Iran Nuclear Deal, Continues To Rebuke U.S.

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

ANKARA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday approved the Iranian government's nuclear deal with world powers but sai...

Iran's Supreme Leader Bans Negotiations With U.S., Contradicting President Rouhani

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.07.2015 | World

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is prohibiting any further negotations with the United States. His ban puts the brakes on moderates hopin...

What's Behind Ayatollah Khamenei's Renewed Opposition To The Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.11.2015 | World

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took aim at both the United States and Israel in a speech this week, referring to the U.S. as the "Great...

Iran's Supreme Leader Says Fate Of The Nuclear Deal Still Unclear

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 08.17.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday the fate of a historic nuclear deal with world powers is still unclear ...

A Definitive Guide To The Iranian Nuclear Deal

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 08.05.2015 | World

Executive Summary The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is intended to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. If fully implemented, the ...

$6-$35 Billions Annually to Assad: Stronger Iran, Mightier Assad?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.28.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

In the ongoing 4-year-long civil war, the Islamic Republic- one of the major bank-rollers for the Syrian government- has approximately spent between $6 and $35 billion a year in order to keep its staunchest regional ally, Bashar Al Assad in power.

Iran's Khamenei: Nuclear Deal Should Be Scrutinized Carefully

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 07.15.2015 | World

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin Nouri DUBAI, July 15 (Reuters) - The text of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers should be carefully scrutin...

Iran, U.S., Obama, P5+1: Nuclear Deal, Win-Win Deal? What Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

It is crucial not to raise our expectations and conflate our analysis with hope. The most crucial parts of the deal still remain to be implemented. The current deal is an understanding, agreement and accord.

Obama Fears Nuclear Failure While Iran Seeks Political Opprtunism

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When we analyze the negotiations and terms comprehensively, it becomes evident that the current terms being negotiated will not only keep Iran's nuclear infrastructure and threat primarily intact, but it will create a whole new regional security dilemma, geopolitical concerns, and nuclear arms race in the region.

Why Tehran Fears the Iraqization of Iran on Nuclear Inspections

Akbar Ganji | Posted 05.05.2016 | World
Akbar Ganji

Ayatollah Khamenei has said repeatedly that Libya gave up its nuclear program, helped the United States in its confrontation with terrorism, and yet it was attacked by NATO and the United States.

Ayatollah Khamenei and Netanyahu: Two Sides of a Coin

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

The main purpose of Ayatollah Khamenei's recent call to arm the Palestinians is to bring the West Bank under the control of Hamas and Islamic Jihad and do away with the more moderate PLO. His attempt to exploit the unimaginable suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza is a reflection of his doctrine of 'victory through terrorization' (al-nasro-belrob). From my point of view, this is the same policy that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pursuing by inflicting such horror on the people of Gaza.

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Iran's Supreme Leader Controls $95 Billion Empire Built On Property Seizures

Reuters | Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

(This is the first story in a three-part series, Assets of the Ayatollah: By Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehgh...

An Anniversary of Celestial Proportions: Sally Ride and Mona Mahmoudnizhad

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

On June 18, 1983, one nation sent its first young female scientist into space, while another government sent young women with high aspirations to the gallows.

Iran's Supreme Leader Sad No One Goes Hiking With Him

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 06.19.2013 | World

Something has put the Supreme Leader of Iran in a supremely bad mood, and for once, it's not Israel or the United States. Yesterday afternoon, Ayatoll...

"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.

Khamenei: Iran Will Raze Tel Aviv And Haifa If Attacked

Reuters | Posted 05.21.2013 | World

* Says Tel Aviv, Haifa would be "razed" if Israel bombs Iran * Israel tiring of talks aimed at curbing Iran's atomic work ...

Iran's Upcoming Election Expected To Solidify Khamenei's Power

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2013 | World

By Babak Dehghanpisheh BEIRUT, March 6 (Reuters) - The presidential campaign season in Iran this year started with a warning. During a...

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...

The "End of Stoning": Islamic Republic Style

Shadi Sadr | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Shadi Sadr

Stoning has been removed from the section of the code dealing with penalties for 'adultery.' However, sexual relation outside of marriage remains a crime.

Participation in This Election Comes Even Before the Candidates

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

Iran's March 2 parliamentary election, usually considered a low-key event compared to the presidential election, is now considered one of the most imp...