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Iran's War Against Knowledge -- An Open Letter to the International Academic Community

Desmond Tutu | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
Desmond Tutu

While we believe that both historically and in today's "wired" world it is futile to suppress the quest for knowledge, there are many in Iran whose lives are being threatened or damaged by that regime's attempt. They need our support.

Iranian Sufis Under New Attack

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The situation of the Sufis in Iran is complex and unfortunate, not least because every attempt to publicize their plight is manipulated by the regime to further attack them.

A Critic Of Political Islam Warns Of 'Misguided' West

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Maryam Namazie is a powerful voice against political Islam, but she is a lapsed Muslim and Westernized. Is she disqualified from the debate and are her warnings relevant to the West?

What Country Is Branding Teens As Traitors.. For Water Fights?

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 11.05.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran is trying to put down a new wave of civil disobedience – flash mobs of young people who break into boisterous fights with w...

The Exile Of Persian Punk

Gaby Dunn | Posted 11.03.2011 | World
Gaby Dunn

What seemed like a huge disappointment skyrocketed Hypernova into music superstardom -- and got Raam banned from ever again visiting the country where he was born.

Film Depicting Iranian Teen Lesbians Meets 'Hostile' Reaction

Posted 10.25.2011 | Arts

Iranian filmmaker Maryan Keshavarz's new film, Circumstance, chronicles the lives of two sixteen-year-old girls navigating a lesbian relationship in I...

Christina Wilkie

Dozens Of Former U.S. Officials Make Millions Advocating For Terrorist Organization | Christina Wilkie | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The ornate ballroom of the Willard Hotel buzzed with activity on a Saturday morning in July. Crowded together on the stage sat a cadre ...

Iran Denies Shooting Down U.S. Spy Plane

AP | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 09.21.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Revolutionary Guard denied Friday that it shot down an unmanned U.S. spy plane over a uranium enrichment site, saying that its ...

Iran's Nuclear Program Ramps Up With New Centrifuges

AP | By NASSER KARIMI | Posted 09.18.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said Tuesday it was installing new and efficient centrifuges aimed at speeding up its nuclear enrichment amid fears Tehran is mov...

Iran Debate: "Playing With Dangerous Things"

Joel Rubin | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Joel Rubin

Check out this Bloggingheads TV debate on Iran policy that I just did with Josh Block. Josh is the former AIPAC Spokesman and I'm the former J Street...

Web Legion Anonymous Hacks Indian Government Database

Posted 08.08.2011 | Technology

In a time of government gone wild, the online hyucksters and hackers known as Anonymous have taken it upon themselves to teach The Man a thing or two....

A Living Hell: LGBT Iranians And The Islamic State

Joseph Ward III | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
Joseph Ward III

The Islamic Penal Code and other institutions across the country designed around religious doctrine have proven incapable of supporting a standard of human rights acceptable in today's world.

Last Drop

Setareh Sabety | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
Setareh Sabety

Haleh Sahabi was given leave from her two-year prison term to attend her father's funeral. According to reports, she seems to have died of heart attack after a scuffle broke when pro-regime plainclothes thugs tried to take away the corpse.

Iran Considers Human Rights Sanctions For U.S. Officials

Posted 07.23.2011 | World

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is considering imposing sanctions on U.S. officials for "human rights violations," attempting to turn the tables after yea...

Iran Considers Human Rights Sanctions For U.S. Officials

Posted 07.23.2011 | World

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is considering imposing sanctions on U.S. officials for "human rights violations," attempting to turn the tables after yea...

The U.S. Pressures Iran on Human Rights

Omid Memarian | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

In an interview with me in Geneva, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, the U.S. representative to the Human Rights Council, responded to questions about the urgency of establishing a monitoring mechanism for Iran.

Iran Denies Getting Missile Technology From North Korea

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 07.17.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran on Tuesday denied a U.N. panel report saying that North Korea and Iran appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic mi...

Humbled, Iran's President Faces Tough Final Years

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 07.10.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Weeks of political storms in Iran came down to this moment. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could choose to deepen his dispute...

Ahmadinejad Allies Charged With Sorcery

The Guardian | Saeed Kamali Dehghan | Posted 07.05.2011 | World

Close allies of Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bit...

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,...

Europe's Contradictions on Iran Sanctions

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.01.2011 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

"Sanctionable" is one of a few English words to have two contrary meanings: legally punishable and ethically approvable. The contradiction appears to translate well into three European languages: German, Italian and Spanish.

Being on the Right Side of History with the People of Iran

Ali Fatemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Fatemi

Rhetoric broadcast from neocon think tanks indicate that they are determined to force the State Department to take the MEK off of its list of terrorist organizations, thus giving the group political legitimacy.

The Tehran Globetrotters: Running Out the Clock on Iran's Nuclear Game

Jacob Dayan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Dayan

Watching the changes over the last several weeks in Tunisia, Egypt, and now Libya, we see historic events taking shape. On the road to the future this moment in time offers the people of the Middle East many divergent routes.

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.

Women Will Lead to Bring Freedom to Iran and Middle East

Soona Samsami | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Soona Samsami

Women will lead the way to bring freedom and democracy to Iran and other Middle Eastern countries since they have been the prime victims of dictatorship, tyranny, and Islamic fundamentalism.