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Iranian Election

Don't Bust: Iranian-Americans Need To Have A Voice In The Political Process

Holly Dagres | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Holly Dagres

This isn't a plea to ask Iranian-Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton. However, when it comes to minorities, it's unclear whether we stand a chance against a man who spews vitriol and rants about bans and walls.

What the Defeat of Iran's Hard-Liners Means

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 03.01.2016 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

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.

Why the Iranian Elections Are a Turning Point

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 03.01.2016 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

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.

Quick Thoughts on the Iranian Elections

Trita Parsi | Posted 02.28.2016 | World
Trita Parsi

The stunning setback of the hardliners in the elections is precisely why they opposed the Iran nuclear deal. They knew that if successful, the Rouhani faction would benefit electorally from the significant achievement of resolving the nuclear issue and reducing tensions with United States.

Rouhani's Post-Deal Test Starts in Paris

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 02.10.2017 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

This week, President Hassan Rouhani will visit Europe, including France, his first trip since the implementation of Iran's nuclear deal. The two governments will focus on boosting economic ties, and Rouhani will seek to end years of Iran's isolation.

Behind The Scenes Of Hassan Rouhani's Victory: Expect A Politician Not A Puppet!

Fatemeh Keshavarz | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Fatemeh Keshavarz

Rouhani is not the reformists dream but he brings hope for substantial change. The events of the past six months testify to the complexity of the Iranian political milieu and the people's desire for change through the ballot box

The Iranian Election 2013: Hope Revisited

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

What Iran needs is not another critique of what's wrong, but a conversation among the people by the people about what would make it right. No Supreme Leaders, no Rule Makers, no Decision Makers, just people.

Last Reform-Minded Candidate Drops Out Of Iranian Election

Reuters | Yeganeh Torbati | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

DUBAI, June 11 (Reuters) - Reformist former Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref has withdrawn from Iran's June 14 presidential election, he said in a ...

Election in Iran: Rafsanjani's Disqualification Anchors the Islamic Republic in Securitarianism

Milad Jokar | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Milad Jokar

Iran is located in the middle of a region which is on the edge of conflagration. A destabilization of the regime would not only undermine the stability of its power; it would also put the Iranian nation at stake and potentially collapse the regional balances of power.

Iran Continues Crackdown On Sufis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Persecution of the Gonabadi-Nimatullahi Sufis has been relentless. The motive for the Iranian government assault on them is simple: They are blunt critics of the theocracy.

LIVE Q&A: Ask An Iranian Dissident Anything

The Huffington Post | Jake Bialer | Posted 11.12.2011 | World

Omid Habibinia is an Iranian dissident who is currently living in Switzerland. Born in Iran, he studied Media, Clinical Psychology and Global Studies,...

I Just Got Back From Iran

Stephen Kinzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Kinzer

In today's America, that's a conversation-stopper. The reality is more prosaic -- sobering realities shape Iranian politics. Nonetheless, Iran may have more democratic potential than any other society in the Muslim world.

One Year Later: The Green Movement Goes On

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

I was one of millions around the world who watched last summer's Green Revolution unfolding on the streets of Iran with high hopes for a swift and blo...

Abusing the Living and Dead

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

I am not easily shocked. But two stories that recently came across my desk were so disgraceful, and in some ways dangerous, that I feel compelled to write about them. Both featured players in the Middle East crassly abusing the living and the dead.

A Software That Enables Iranians to Surpass the Government's Advanced Filtering System

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

For Tehran, software that enables the Iranian people to circumvent the government's Internet censorship would be a political nightmare -- but it's on the way.

Iran at a Crossroads

Patrick Disney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Disney

Iran-watchers are struggling with the cognitive dissonance of it all: how can you still oppose war but support the dismantling of the Islamic theocracy?

Iran Opposition Unplugged

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

It seems that the balance in the Iranian uprising is shifting in the regime's favor. This time Ahmadinejad was prepared... he succeeded in "unplugging" the opposition.

Sarah Palin's Jihad

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Palin's comment about Iran reflects an ongoing effort by conservatives to cast Obama as soft on terrorism, and mirrors much of the media coverage following the foiled Christmas Day attack.

Crunch Time for Iran's Supreme Leader

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

In 2010 we are likely to see anti-regime demonstrations reaching rural areas and the spread of union strikes. Without a change of course, domestic stability will be fragile.

We Refuse To Die: Iran's New Revolution

Setareh Sabety | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Setareh Sabety

In what is believed by many to be an attempt to deter a repeat of the widespread and vociferous Ashura demonstrations, two young men have been executed for being a Mohareb, which is punishable by death.

A Truly World-Wide Web: What If Totalitarian Regimes Couldn't Censor the Net?

David Colarusso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Colarusso

If there was a global I.S.P. in the sky, it would be difficult to restrict internet access. So why not do it? A free internet is a means by which citizens can share their stories with the world.

Leave Punishing Iran to Iranians

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

It's clear that Iran's strongest adversary today remains within its own borders. The current Iranian regime has far more to fear from its own people than it does from any foreign powers.

MSM vs. Digital in 2009: The Times' Brian Stelter Weighs in on Who Won the Big Stories

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Who's on top, the MSM or Digital Media? Who's leading the discussion, why, and is it a good thing? To help us navigate this tricky landscape, we asked New York Times reporter Brian Stelter.

The Latest Tool for Iran's Opposition: iPhone Apps

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Abdi

Voice of America announced that it will unveil a new app for iPhone and Android mobile devices that will enable Iranians to upload videos, photos and other content to the VOA's Persian News Network

Obama Should End Silence on Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

If the Obama administration waits until it takes punitive action against Iran to censure human rights abuses there, it will look like we view human rights as a pressure tactic, rather than as the foundation of free society.