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Key Players in the Iranian Elections: Reformists, Celebrities and Social Media

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 03.05.2017 | World
Negar Mortazavi

Once again the Iranian people used the limited available democratic process, combined with unconventional tools and creative methods, to take another step towards political change. A slow process that started with the election of President Khatami and the birth of the reform movement in the 1990s continued through the 2009 election and post-election resistance, re-emerged in the 2013 election of moderate President Rouhani and again showed up in the two important elections last week. Iranians have been on a slow path to democracy and continue to progress -- with patience and with hope.

Rouhani Takes Hardliners Head-On to Bring Iran Out from the Cold

Holly Dagres | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Since the 2013 Joint Plan of Action, the Rouhani administration is in a tug-of-war with hardliners from various echelons of the Iranian government over the country's controversial nuclear program. But now President Hassan Rouhani has done the unthinkable.

Twilight of the Hardliners

Ian Bassin | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics
Ian Bassin

Things certainly look bleak in Washington as an extreme right-wing rump caucus has closed down our government all because a law was passed in the exact way prescribed by the Constitution, but all is not lost.