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Iran's Latest Election Puts Rouhani Supporters in Charge of Parliament

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
Negar Mortazavi

From opposing the nuclear negotiations to impeaching key ministers, parliament made it increasingly difficult for Rouhani to fully realize his moderate political agenda -- until now.

How the Nuclear Deal Will Give a Huge Boost to Iran's Reformists

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and the West was a major milestone for the geostrategic future of the Middle East, but it was also a breath of fresh air for Iranian civil society. There is now the possibility of Iranian civil society playing a different and more constructive role in the future of Iranian politics.

Time to Act: Three Years Into the House Arrest of Iran's Opposition Leaders

Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo | Posted 04.18.2014 | Home
Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo

As leaders of the Green Movement, Mousavi, Karroubi and Rahnavard have been under house arrest since they invited Iranians to participate in a mass demonstration, on February 14, 2011, in support of the Arab Spring and those in Egypt and Tunisia fighting for civil, political and democratic rights.

Iran and the Futility of Denial Diplomacy at the UN Human Rights Council

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.30.2012 | Home
Omid Memarian

Considering Javad Larijani's inability to build coalitions with other UN member states and in view of his aggressive conduct, expecting him and his team to effect changes in Iran's standing within the UN appears highly unlikely.

New Round of Clashes Leaves Iran Reeling

Geneive Abdo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Geneive Abdo

Faced with the terrifying prospect of another Tahrir Square, the Iranian regime is choosing from a list of bad options. The next few weeks will be extremely important.

Iran's Green Movement Lie

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirin Sadeghi

For most Iranians, the Green Movement is what the international media is calling the massive mobilization to dismantle the Islamic Republic of Iran. The hope is that change will finally open the door to serious reform.

Be Ready to Hear Iranian Voices

James Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Miller

Many in the movement are tired, but it is undeniable that Egypt has given Iranians the boost they need. Now, there is a tangible buzz, an excitement in the air that Iran hasn't been felt in over a year.

Egypt, Tunisia and the Iranian Opposition

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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.

Iran's Uprising Continues -- From Prison Cells

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Josh Shahryar

Few stories chronicle the constant struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran. This, however, does not mean that the struggle is dead. It is a daily struggle that continues ever vigorously.

Who Are You Really Sanctioning, Mr. Obama?

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melody Moezzi

As the Iranian Green Movement plans for renewed protests marking the anniversary of the election and as the regime continues to censor media and block internet access, Obama should reevaluate his position on sanctions.

Iran: People's Vitality, Regime's Paleness

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ali Safavi

Despite a flurry of threats and a hodgepodge of suppressive measures arranged by flustered authorities, Iranians, led by youths, came out in force in defiance of the regime and its Supreme Leader.

Pushing the Iranian Opposition Underground

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melody Moezzi

No holiday is dearer to the hearts of the Iranian people than Nowruz. But this year, many of my friends in Tehran will not be taking vacations. Instead, they're planning to take to the streets yet again, in bold defiance of the warnings of the regime and the pleas of their parents.

Iran Opposition Unplugged

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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.

Iranian Leaders Use Violence and Manipulate Legal System to Quell Opposition

Neil Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Neil Hicks

Leaders of the Islamic Republic hope to take control of the narrative of the post-election protests that have produced the deepest political crisis in Iran since the early years of the Islamic Republic.

The American Skepticism About Helping Iranians Not Justified

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sam Sedaei

The United States owes it to the Iranian people to do what it can to help. We should not see assistance to Iranians in their struggle now as an optional act of benevolence, but as an ethical responsibility.

Abdolkarim Soroush on the Goals of Iran's Green Movement

Robin Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robin Wright

Five major figures in Iran's reform movement issued a manifesto Sunday, Jan. 3, calling for the resignation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the abolition of clerical control of the voting system and candidate selection.

As Obama Scores an Iran Breakthrough, Congress Fumbles

David Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Elliott

Just like June 12 and the weeks that followed changed our notions about the Iranian people, it's time for the U.S. Congress to change its approach to Iran.

Iran Is Burning in Revolution; Not Recognizing It Can Lead to Calamity

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Sam Sedaei

No one wants to see another anti-American regime in Iran following the current one. If that's not what we want, then we must stand up with the protesters when it counts.

Iran's New Year

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Melody Moezzi

Iranians are suckers for symbolism, and while Ashura is the holiest of Shi'a holidays, the Persian New Year, Nowruz, is the most sacred of Iranian holidays.

Mehdi Karroubi, Lone Cleric, Emerges to Defy Iran's Leaders | MICHAEL SLACKMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia A short midlevel cleric, with a neat white beard and a clergyman's calm bearing, Mehdi Karroubi has watched from his home in Tehr...

QODS DAY: Protesters Transform Jerusalem Day Into Iran Day

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirin Sadeghi

Today a long time tradition of the Islamic Republic of Iran was transformed into nationwide mass protests against the government.

Iran Abuse Confirmations Abound: Mohsen and Saeedeh's Stories

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, two more official accounts come out of Iran, confirming the extent of violence that is taking place in the country's detention centers.

Iranian Protest Figures Could Face Executions | Thomas Erdbrink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The attorney prosecuting leading opposition figures in Iran asked a court Tuesday to give them "the maximum punishment," offering the clearest indicat...

Obama Should Congratulate Ahmadinejad

Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi, Ph.D.

There are several good reasons why president Barack Obama should join dozens of other world leaders who have extended congratulations to Iran's duly re-elected president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Rape and the Republic: Iran's Victims Speak Out

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, Mehdi Karroubi came under fire for stating what for decades has been public knowledge in Iran: The systematic rape of political prisoners as a means of permanently disabling them from society, let alone from political activity.