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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?

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 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 years o...

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 years o...

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.

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.

Iran Ups the Ante

Stanley Kober | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stanley Kober

The choices facing Israel are not enviable. Its fears of an Iran with nuclear weapons are understandable, but the political environment is not what it was before. A fresh approach may be in order, before time runs out altogether.

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.