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Get Serious About Freeing American Captives in Iran

Patrick Disney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Disney

If the US is serious about securing the release of its citizens detained in Iran, it must get over its aversion to dealing with Iran's hardliners and set up a permanent means of official dialogue.

Iran, Sending Warships Into the Mediterranean, Wastes No Time Exploiting Turmoil in the Arab World

Laura Kam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Kam

Iran is sending a powerful message to the United States, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Israel that the current turmoil in the region has emboldened it. Tehran is not changing course.

What Is A True Islamic Republic?

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Melody Moezzi

If Western nations understood what a true Islamic republic looked like, they wouldn't be nearly as jarred or frightened by the recent wave of popular protests spreading across the Middle East.

Iran Rises Again: Opposition Shows Signs of Resilience

Setareh Sabety | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Setareh Sabety

Unlike their Arab neighbors, Iranians have recent experience with revolution. They will not risk life and limb unless they are sure that they are on the winning side. 1st Esfand was a step in the winning direction.

The Arab Revolutionary We Failed to Imagine

Ethan Pack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ethan Pack

We must realize that our ideas about Arab regimes, both those we support and those we fear, have ignored the most dramatic revolutionary force in Arab society: the people.

Inshallah, Cairo Will Be More Like Ankara Than Tehran

Joshua W. Walker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joshua W. Walker

Often lost in the debates about Turkey's potential as a model is the fact that Ankara did not transform itself overnight to a flourishing market-democracy. It has been almost a century in the making.

Walking on a Dream - Alone Across Iran Part 4

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

This is part 4 in a 4 part series. Limbo Leaving the Zagros, the terrain hung in a sort of limbo.  In the late evenings as I searched for a suitab...

Walking on a Dream -- Alone Across Iran (Part III)

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

Soon the plateau began to change. No longer rolling hills and rocky terrain, I now walked towards daunting peaks. I had begun to enter the Zagros Mountains.

Egypt, Tunisia and the Iranian Opposition

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Young people in Iran cannot be silenced forever. As the children of the revolution they are eager to inherit their country and they are poised to stage their counter-revolution one day soon.

Walking on a Dream - Alone Across Iran Part 1

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

As I made a final, stumbling descent off the mountainside and onto the icy road the snowfall increased in tempo and ferocity. A series of dark, seemin...

Walking on a Dream -- Alone Across Iran, Part 2

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

10 kilometers outside of Tehran city limits, the landscape changes abruptly from mountains to low rolling hills. I climbed the red dirt slopes, sinking at times up to my knees in the soft, powdery sand.

Iran Resumes Nuclear Talks

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GENEVA — Talks between Iran and six world powers recessed Monday with no sign that Tehran was ready to discuss U.N. Security Council calls to cu...

Fear Extreme Islamists in the Arab World? Blame Washington

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Cohen

In the last year of his life, Martin Luther King Jr. questioned U.S. military interventions against progressive movements in the Third World by invoki...

Why Could Tunisia Do What Iran Cannot?

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The protests in Tunisia were like the Iranian movement in many ways, but, unlike Iran, its leadership was not part of an old guard who aimed to reform the system.

To the P5+1: Consider Declaring Diplomatic Process Over

Bruno Tertrais | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bruno Tertrais

The best hope for a peaceful resolution to Iran's nuclear pursuits is a combination of increased pressure and domestic difficulties, creating the belief among Iran's leaders that their regime may be endangered.

Iran Sentences Top Human Rights Lawyer To 11 Years

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who defended opposition activists has been convicted of security offenses and sentenced t...

IranAir Crash

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charlotte Safavi

An IranAir passenger flight carrying 106 passengers crashed earlier today while attempting an emergency landing in the middle of a severe snowstorm outside the city of Orumiyeh in Western Azerbaijan.

Former Shah of Iran's Son Dead

Charlotte Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charlotte Safavi

Ali Reza Pahlavi, the second son of the former late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, committed suicide at his home in Boston early on Tuesday morning. A...

Iran FUELS Nuclear Reactor

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran began the process of loading 163 fuel rods into the reactor core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, celebrating th...

Powerful Earthquake Hits Iran

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's state TV says a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in southeastern Iran has killed 6 people and injured 21 others. The strong quake...

US foes seek 'new world order'

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Venezuela and Iran denounce US imperialism as they flex their economic muscles by signing a raft of energy deals....

Where Next for Saudi Arabia?

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

While members of the Saudi Royal family host cocaine and cocktails parties, the Saudi state remains the biggest single sponsor of Islamic militancy in the region.

Mohsen Namjoo: A New Music and Poetry for Modern Iran

Touraj Daryaee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Touraj Daryaee

Namjoo has appeared to breathe new life into Iran's poetry. His poetry is accompanied with melodic masterpieces, from ballads to screaming rock-like shouts over medieval Persian poetry.

Where are the Human Rights Organizations When You Need Them?

Roozbeh Farahanipour | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roozbeh Farahanipour

Why do American human rights organizations and activists fall silent in the face horrific and systematic human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic of Iran?

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.