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Iran's Supreme Leader Backs Iraq's New Prime Minister

Reuters | Posted 08.13.2014 | World

DUBAI, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lent his support to new Iraqi Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi on We...

The Statistics of Evil

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Pahlavi

For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.

Iran's Supreme Leader Controls $95 Billion Empire Built On Property Seizures

Reuters | Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

(This is the first story in a three-part series, Assets of the Ayatollah: http://www.reuters.com/investigates/iran/) By Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehgh...

Where Is the Ayatollah?

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Micah D. Halpern

In all likelihood this Ayatollah is not going anyplace, anytime soon. But eventually, the end of the rule of the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei will come and when it does, it will be very interesting to see how things shake and rattle and are then resolved in Iran.

Symbolic Wars

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The United States of America should never wage a war unless it intends to win it. This week we are considering waging a war in Syria without any intention of winning that war or even ending it.

Did The Ayatollah Just Join Facebook?

AP | Posted 02.17.2013 | Technology

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Facebook page purportedly created by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attracted nearly 10,000 follo...

Are You Better Off Now Than You Were Four Ago When Bin Laden Was Still Alive?

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

President Obama came into office in the worst American crisis in our history. He was stuck with two wars, and the worst economy in eighty years. We're not out of that crisis yet, and the President still has a long way to go, but at least he's put an end to Bin Laden.

Freedom of the Press vs. State Secrets

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Does the press have the right to disclose some secrets? I believe that too many documents are designated "top-secret" when they really should be designated "embarrassing."

Forget Kabul, Look To Baku: The Search For Muslim Moderates

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

It's time we start paying more attention to our real friends in the Muslim world in places like Baku, where people admire America.

Turning a Human Being into a Human Being: FOUR LIONS Review and Interview with Chris Morris

Farihah Zaman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Farihah Zaman

As the promotional materials for Four Lions will express to anyone willing to take a gander, the film is seriously funny - and eager to prove it. Crow...

Moms Of Jailed U.S. Hikers Appeal To Ayatollah

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MINNEAPOLIS — The mothers of three Americans held in Iran marked 11 months of their captivity Wednesday with a letter to the country's supreme l...

He Stood up to the Ayatollah

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Iranians mourn the passing of Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who died this week. It was his voice of support for the people that gave a few other power players the courage to speak up too.

Iran Makes Arrests Over Torn Ayatollah Photo

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian authorities have arrested several people accused of destroying photos of the Islamic Republic's revered founder and the c...

Montazeri's Limited Tolerance of Non-Muslims

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri's opinion was characterized by one Iranian Christian clergyman as "rubbing salt into our wounds."

Iran Cleric: "God's Fury" Will Be Unleashed If Female Governers Allowed

Alarabiya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A top hardline Iranian cleric said on Thursday that "God's fury" would be unleashed if Iran appoints women as governors of some provinces, as was rais...

Weeping for the Kennedys

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

The Kennedys knew how to strive for noble causes, step by step. They would make deals, but only to benefit the best causes.

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.

Iran: Regime Intentions Revealed - What's Next?

Mark Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Fowler

Powerful regime insiders have lost confidence in the Supreme Leader's ability to preserve what they had all built together. This domestic fault line has the potential to be devastating in its long term impact.

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.

Exhibit A: Word From Iran

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Melody Moezzi

Reporters keep complaining about the difficulty of getting information out of Iran, but communicating with Iran is far from a challenge. I frequently get through on the first try.

Today is the Anniversary of the 1999 Iran Protest

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Without the July 1999 protests, there could never have been June 2009. What the students courageously started then has led to a massive movement encompassing all Iranians.

Iran's Underground Railroad

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

The Iranian Underground Railroad isn't meant to move people from one area of the country to another, it is an attempt to create shelter and make way for freedom.

Iran and the C.I.A

Tom Gabbay | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Gabbay

This revolution, if that's what it is, can only come from the Iranian people. The US must remain on the sidelines; a spectator to what could be a game changer in the Middle East and beyond.