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Iran's Green Movement Five Years Later -- 'Defeated' But Ultimately Victorious

Akbar Ganji | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

June 12 is the fifth anniversary of the birth of Iran's democratic Green Movement. Though the open resistance of this popular movement has been suppressed, it has been morally vindicated in the intervening years and remains as a constituency imbedded in Iran's body politic, ready to emerge once again when the opportunity arises. And the opportunity will surely arise. The Islamic Republic of Iran is not your usual authoritarian state. As a hybrid of religious dictatorship and competitive elections, the regime generates its own opposition, see-sawing back and forth between conservatives and reformists. One day, the balance of power will shift decisively toward democracy and against the Ayatollahs. It is precisely because democratic elections within a religious dictatorship are so meaningful that the election five years ago in 2009 was so passionately contested.

Murdered Woman Gets Honored In New Persian Film

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.11.2012 | Arts

This is the film the Iranian government doesn't want you to see. That's how Persepolis Pictures, the production company behind "I Am Neda," descri...

Iran and the Arab Spring

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

The downfall of pro-U.S. Arab regimes in the Middle East, an emboldened Arab public angry at Israel and hostile to U.S. foreign policy, and growing assertiveness of Shiites could benefit Iran's standing in the region.