The message of these elections to global powers is that they should approach Iran with respect rather than with threats and drop anti-Iranian rhetoric. Iranians who went to the voting booths have a palpable sense of the indifference of the West to the existence of democracy and elections in Iran. They know that any claims by the West to respect public participation in Iran loses its credibility, because they see that Western allies in the region have zero democracy.
Although the power structure in Iran remains under the control of hard-liners, the Iranian political world is evolving. The increasing openness of Ira...
We all know that the Iranian elections will change nothing immediately, but we also know that these elections are the closest that the Iranian public can come to shaping the country's future. The real effects of the elections will be felt in the next few years, when the battle for the next supreme leader starts. What happened in the Iranian elections is thus even more significant than Hassan Rouhani's victory in the presidential elections of 2013.
Iran can still surprise. Voter turnout has surpassed 60 percent. Victory by candidates aligned with President Rouhani already exceeds expectations. This begs the question: What just happened? Perhaps above all else, these elections reflect Iranian society's continued desire to bring about change through gradual evolution rather than radical upheaval.
One gesture, one person, one moment. This is how change happens. In this final installment of "Yousef and Farhad," we hope to reach Iranian families -- and those in other countries -- who are struggling with the sexual orientation of a loved one with an appeal for acceptance and dignity for all.
Saudi Arabia decided to halt a 4 billion US dollars grant to the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces. And Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE have urged their citizens to leave Lebanon or avoid traveling there.
A clear path for hope in the future has been opened up by these elections. The hard-liners that have isolated Iran and repressed its people are on the wane.
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Reza (Arash) Hampay Gharamaleki, the founder of Hamyaran-E-Mehrandish Association, was forced to flee Iran this January due to a heightened number of threats and summons by Iranian intelligence forces.
Simply put, terrorism is an ideology and a tactic. Declaring War on Terrorism is as silly as proclaiming war on kamikazes during World War II.
When society's rules influence Yousef's family acceptance, it's time for him to find a new home. Daily life for LGBTIQ Iranians, as is true in other countries that criminalize homosexuality, is infinitely more complicated than the laws on the books. In spite of the challenges and risks, they find boyfriends and girlfriends -- and even the most unlikely protectors. But their journey is never easy and not every story ends happily. This is the third installment of "Yousef and Farhad."
It wouldn't be an Iranian election without an American interjection. As Iranians head to the polls on Friday for parliamentary elections, three Republican congressmen have taken it upon themselves to seek visas from Iran to serve as election monitors.
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There is a false sense that the recent lows in the price of crude oil are artificial, and that higher prices will return. But that assumption is wrong. Contrary to popular belief, the current low price of oil is not the exception the media and political leaders keep telling us, it is the historical norm.
Former women MPs have not taken sufficient initiative to alter the country's misogynist legislation, nor have they done anything to lift the suffering Iranian women have endured for the past 37 years.