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Islamic Revolution

Iran, Assassinations, and Hypocrisy

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Warren J. Blumenfeld

While the Iranians rightly condemned Saudi Arabia, I find it quite ironic when they represent the murders as a "medieval act of savagery." It's as if the Saudi's, in executing Shiite clerics, held up a mirror to the Iranians in which they saw reflected back their own long-standing and brutal civil and human rights atrocities.

Negotiating for Cessation of Persecution of LGBT People in Iran

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Repressive regimes around the world currently and throughout history have scapegoated, oppressed, and murdered LGBT people. The time has long since passed that we speak out against repression in all of its forms

Dora Levy Mossanen: On Novels and Tapping Into Our Own Emotional Reservoir

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 03.16.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

"I can't speak for all writers, but I can say with certainty that, having lived in Iran, a country that continues to deny women their rightful voice, compels me to create female characters that have no qualms about taking matters into their own hands."

From Terror to Counter-Terrorism: Radicalization in Syria and the Rising Legitimacy of the Assad Regime

Mathew Markman | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Mathew Markman

U.S. concerns with the formation and subsequent actions of the Islamic Front, combined with the continued prominence of al-Qaeda linked factions in Syria, are likely to further diminish international pressure on the Assad regime, providing it with a golden opportunity to seek renewed legitimacy.

Americanized Democracy: Independence or Dependence?

Greg Barrett | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Greg Barrett

I realized that Egyptians understood American politics better than Americans did. Our democracy has never been as fake as Egypt's was, but Washington politicians are bought by Wall Street. Egyptians didn't hold us accountable for Washington because they knew we weren't entirely accountable.

Why I Won't See Argo

Melody Moezzi | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Melody Moezzi

I've heard great things about Argo -- that it's a gripping, well-acted and well-directed, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Still, as a proud and patriotic Iranian-American, I can't bring myself to see it.

The Obsessions With a "Dear Leader"

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

The death of North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, who died a month ago, interestingly looks like a continuation of what has swept many countries who are ...

The Islamic Roots of Democratic Rebellion and Liberty

Mustafa Akyol | Posted 11.01.2011 | Religion
Mustafa Akyol

Now, here is the key question for today: If Mawdudi and his followers synthesized Islam with totalitarianism, can others synthesize it with liberal democracy?

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 ...

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...

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 Reaps Benefits from the Afghan War

Ehsan Azari Stanizai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ehsan Azari Stanizai

The U.S.'s policy setbacks provide a great gift to the Iranian clerical rulers by helping them enhance their clout and expand their international maneuvering space against the West.

Common Sense In Iran

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Miller

Today, the youth of Iran have declared their own ideological revolution. They are tired of their failed theocratic state, of the illusion of democracy, and of cultural and international isolation.

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.

High Noon in Tehran

Will Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Will Marshall

Washington should keep probing for signs of Iranian tractability on the nuclear issue. But over the long haul, political change inside Iran is our surest guarantee of safety.

Iran's Impending Avalanche

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melody Moezzi

In addition to denoting this month in the Persian calendar, the word bahman also means avalanche. And this Bahman could set off the avalanche ultimately topples the Islamic Republic.

The 21st Century's First Authentic Revolution

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The violent confrontations in Iran this week, which resulted from widespread resistance to the brutality of the regime's various security forces, have shifted the balance of the struggle towards the people.

Ahmadinejad's New Cabinet Is More Conservative Than Ever | Gareth Smyth | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet nominations, scheduled for a parliamentary vote this Wednesday, reveal a shift towards figures suspici...

Freed Academic Haleh Esfandiari: 'Iranians Want Evolution, Not Revolution'

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Every two or three years, there has been a wave of protests like this in Iran. But this time I think there has been a fundamental change.

The Unconstitutional Un-Islamic Republic of Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With increasing accounts of rape, torture, forced confessions and skewed judicial proceedings, the Iranian government is losing any credibility it had left, including any legitimate claim to Islam.

Iran's Red Tulip Revolution

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

With each death at the hands of the regime, a martyr is born, and with each martyr, the seed of revolution is planted.

The Basij Are Cordially Invited to Join the Opposition

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

Thanks to their new duties, which include increasingly violent and inhumane acts, reports of Basiji taking protesters up on their invitations to join the opposition movement are growing.

Hey DJ Rafsanjani, Play Us Some Ayatollah Khomeini

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

At the heart of Iran's Islamic Revolution was a stencil duplicator and a tape recorder. These were the Ayatollah Khomeini's Facebook and Twitter.

Clueless in Iran: America's Déjà Vu All Over Again

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joan Z. Shore

Almost 31 years ago the Ayatollah Khomeini was granted asylum in France. As a junior correspondent in Paris, I was sent out with a camera crew to interview Khomeini.

The Many Crises of Iranian Youth

Navtej Dhillon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Navtej Dhillon

The dissension in Iran's polity emanates from a growing gap between the promises and the dim reality facing its young citizens. The current political turmoil marks the breakdown of an intergenerational bargain.