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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.

Young People Voting in Iran's Election Ready to Move Country Forward

Amir Salehzadeh | Posted 08.25.2013 | College
Amir Salehzadeh

The power of hope in Iran cannot be overstated and the electing of Rouhani is a symbol of both the progress that has been made and the progress that is still to come.

Iranians Duped or Hijacking Elections?

Setareh Sabety | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Setareh Sabety

Why would they, namely Khamenei, allow a win by a candidate who had the full support of the reformists who revolted four years ago?

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.

Iran Sets The Date

Reuters | Posted 11.07.2012 | World

DUBAI, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Iran will hold presidential elections on June 14 next year, the Interior Ministry said on Friday, the first such vote sinc...

InstaIran: How Instagram Managed to Seep Through the Cracks in Iran

Holly Dagres | Posted 10.23.2012 | World
Holly Dagres

The number of Instagram users are unknown, but just like many trends in Iran, it won't be long before the rest of the country catches on to capture their lives with a simple click of a button on their cell phone or whether it'll be used as a political tool to voice opposition.

Who Really Ought to Be Afraid of Iran?

Melody Moezzi | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Melody Moezzi

More than any foreign bombs or threats or sanctions, the Iranian people represent the greatest hope for Iran's future -- and not so incidentally, the greatest hope for American, Israeli and European interests.

An Iranian's View on a Nuclear Iran

Paul Heroux | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Paul Heroux

While it is not wise to use one interview as a basis to form an opinion or policy, one point of view is better than no point of view. I am fortunate to know someone from Iran briefly studying in the U.S. that is willing to talk about this issue from an Iranian point of view before he returns to Iran.

Kickstarter Case Study: The Iran Job

Deborah Stambler | Posted 03.26.2012 | Home
Deborah Stambler

The Iran Job follows Kevin Sheppard, an American basketball player from St. Croix who is recruited to play for the Iranian Super League.

How Obama Can Reach the Iranian People: Start With Visas

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.01.2011 | World
Jamal Abdi

The absence of a silver bullet should not prevent us from taking small but important steps to stand with the Iranian people. Here is what President Obama can and should do right now.

Reassessing the Green Movement

Madison Schramm | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Madison Schramm

The Iranian Green Movement doesn't have the power to or the interest in restructuring Iran's political system. It is nothing but a red herring.

Famed Iranian Filmmaker Jailed, BANNED From Scriptwriting

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has sentenced two prominent opposition filmmakers to six years in jail each on vague charges of working against the ruling s...

Iran's Women: Canaries in the Coal Mine

Azar Nafisi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azar Nafisi

Iranian women have once more become the standard by which degrees of freedom can be measured. Their resistance will not only shape Iran's future, but have far-reaching effects on Muslim countries and the way Islam is defined.

Washington Post's Ezra Klein: A Millennial Perspectives Interview

Natalia Brzezinski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Natalia Brzezinski

Through blogs, tweets and Facebook movements, Millennials are staging a cyber coup d'etat that's forcing their way to the decision-making table. One of the leaders in this crusade is undoubtedly Washington Post's Ezra Klein.

As Iran's Crackdown Continue, Former Revolutionary Guard Officers Speak Out

Chavala Madlena | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chavala Madlena

A new film presents solid evidence that officers in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are deeply disturbed by the actions of the state against protestors following the 2009 presidential election.

John McCain's Admirable but Misguided Call for Regime Change in Iran

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael J.W. Stickings

McCain, as usual, is all talk and no substance, and, in this case, he just doesn't seem to understand Iran at all, articulating a goal without any plan to get there.

Islamic Renaissance and Iran's Green Movement

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The expression of Iran's Green movement through Islamic discourses, despite the existence of nationalist and leftist discourses as well, can be understood as the popular renaissance of a new, democratic interpretation of Islam.

Dr. Hossein Ziai Says Iran May See Another Revolution

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Dr. Hossein Ziai is the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar chair at UCLA where he is also a tenured full professor of Islamic and Iranian studies and the d...

One Iranian Prisoner Released -- But Many Thousands to Go

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The release of film director Jafar Panahi on bail is a wonderful day for those who prayed for his release. But no one can forget the many thousands of other political prisoners in Iranian jails.

Festival of Fire Re-energizes Iran's Green Movement

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mahmood Delkhasteh

Iranians celebrate this mythical victory of truth over deception by jumping over fires in the festival of fire and light, Chaharshanbeh-soori, on the last Wednesday before the Iranian New Year.

Common Sense In Iran

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Miller

Today, the youth of Iran have declared their own ideological revolution. They are tired of their failed theocratic state, of the illusion of democracy, and of cultural and international isolation.

Iran's Schizophrenic Green Opposition

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The Green Movement needs to shed its phobia of revolution, overcome its schizophrenic character and form a more coherent identity that is based on a demand for total freedom.

22 Bahman Protests: Latest Updates, Video From Iran

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Iranian opposition movement took to the streets Thursday in an attempt to co-opt the government's celebration of the anniversary of the Iranian Re...

22 Bahman Protests: Iranian Opposition Planning Demonstrations On Anniversary Of Revolution

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Iranian opposition movement is planning to take to the streets Thursday for what are expected to be the largest demonstrations since December's pr...

Khamenei Vows To Deliver 'Punch In The Mouth' To Opposition

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's supreme leader vowed Monday to deliver a "punch in the mouth" to the country's enemies if the opposition goes ahead with m...