If Tehran is looking for guidance on how to smother calls for political reform through a globalized economic renaissance, it needs look no farther than Beijing.
One year ago, President Hassan Rouhani was elected to pick up the pieces of the country, a tremendous challenge that both the nuclear deal and the future of the sanctions weigh upon. In this kind of emergency, democracy is the least of people's worries, though some attempts have been made -- like when the president said that the Internet shouldn't be censored. But the truth is that it isn't Rouhani who gets to decide. It's the state powers, such as the judiciary, that seem to have but one goal: limit the government's actions. Vultures, conservatives and the Revolutionary Guards watch the new president's every move, in silence, ready to raise their voices in case of signs of failure.
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.
I completely respect anyone's right to object to the utility or even the permissibility of making such videos. Here's the thing: It's not the stance you take, but the way in which you articulate that stance which matters.
A simple act of expressing joy became an international news story with unexpectedly unifying results.
According to the operating consensus, the American public has no right to know what the CIA is up to, even when what it's up to is extremely questionable in terms of dealing with our officially proclaimed enemies; and liberating such data from the crypt called classification is criminal behavior.
Despite the onslaught of attacks against freedom of expression in Iran, the international community has largely averted its gaze until now, when Pharrell Williams' smash hit song "Happy" thrust Iran's dismal human rights record back into the spotlight.
This is the first-ever World Cup for the imposing striker and for his country. This tournament's only debutant, Bosnia will be hoping for six-foot-four Dzeko to lead their line with the same authority that has seen him score better than a goal every two games in his previous 60-plus appearances for his country.
My support of our troops entails the belief that any soldier taken prisoner should be returned home as soon as possible, regardless of the hyperbole surrounding the terrorists we trade for his or her release.
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The cyber war in Iran is taking on the look of a civil war, it is splitting the country into different camps. It seems that even though President Rouhani might be on the side of freedom, it is the enemies of free speech in Iran who have the power and the money to oppress.
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Iran's claim to have replicated the U.S. drone comes at a time when drone policy and the usage of drones by the Obama administration have become a crucially debated topic in Washington.
The moderate reformist President Hassan Rohani's defense of freedoms does not please the hardliners, the actual rulers of Iran. The battle for power there is ongoing, and internal tensions are raging, but for the time being, Iran remains under the control of the mullahs' regime, and will not celebrate any time soon gaining the freedoms that have been prohibited for over three decades and a half.