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NYT Reporter: Iranians Think 'ISIS Is An American Invention'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

Despite ongoing American airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq, many Iranians believe the United States played a part in the inception of...

Iran's Supreme Leader Undergoes Prostate Surgery

AP | By NASSER KARIMI | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader underwent prostate surgery on Monday and was recovering at a government hospital in Tehran, state media sa...

The Coalition Against ISIS

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Unlike the neocons that ran Bush's failed foreign policy, President Obama is not going to be rushed into another ground war. He believes he needs a strong coalition, including Arab countries, and a more inclusive Iraqi government, to ensure a broader and more enduring solution.

Why is Rouhani Angry?

Akbar Ganji | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Rouhani is angry because Khamenei and his supporters have blocked him from implementing his program and opening up the political system, giving more freedom to the people. On August 13, Rouhani said, "I am aware that some people are done opposing me in their think tanks and are now opposing me in practice."

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 Heightened Domestic Crack Down and Human Rights Violations

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Majid Rafizadeh

History appears to be repeating itself in the Islamic Republic. Whenever many Iranians believe that there will be more socio-political, individual as well as socio-economic freedoms in the country, due to the rule of a moderate or reformist president, the domestic crack down and human rights violation in the Islamic Republic mount up.

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

Iran's Supreme Leader Calls For Arming Gaza To Fight Israel

AP | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday called on Muslims from around the world to help arm Gaza Palestinians in their fight against Is...

Khamenei: Iraq Conflict Between Humanity And Barbarity, Not Sunni-Shia

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

DUBAI, June 28 (Reuters) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the Iraq conflict a "showdown between humanity and barbaria...

Iran's Top Leader Opposes US Intervention In Iraq

AP | BY NASSER KARIMI | Posted 08.22.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday he is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists...

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Women Rights and Gender Equality

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Many Iranian women activists who live in the Islamic Republic, and several of those campaigners whom I have interviewed, have shed light on the reality of women's rights under Rouhani's presidency.

Surge in Executions and Human Rights Violations in Iran: Evidence of Rouhani's 'Moderate' Rule?

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.04.2014 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

One of the most alarming trends indicating egregious human rights abuses has been the surge in executions, many conducted in public, under the presidency of the moderate Rouhani, particularly since the beginning of 2014.

The Forgotten

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.18.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The story of the hundreds of thousands of children in Syria that pass through the gates of hell is yet to be told. Starving to death, burned to ashes, gassed, summarily executed, gunned down, tortured, orphaned, and displaced, the lucky ones become refugees facing an ever gloomier future.

Diplomacy With Iran: Not a Zero-Sum Game for Israel

Sigurd Neubauer | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Sigurd Neubauer

While it is clear that Rouhani -- limited by the existing taboos within the Islamic Republic's revolutionary ideology -- cannot alone engineer a change of policy toward Israel, he can aim to re-define Tehran's stance.

Israeli-Iranian Axis? Highly Illusionary

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.05.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Iran must now cope with the new reality, which may well explain why Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and why its efforts in this regard will set Israel further apart from Tehran, rather than bring them together to form an unholy axis.

Iran's Supreme Leader Orders 'Economy Of Resistance' Amid Nuke Talks

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 02.19.2014 | World

VIENNA (AP) — Even as Iran negotiates on a nuclear pact in exchange for an end to sanctions, the country's top leader is taking precautionary steps ...

Iran, U.S. Agree Final Nuclear Deal May Be Unreachable

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The United States and long-time arch-foe Iran agree on at least one ...

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

Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo | Posted 04.18.2014 | World
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.

Can War With Iran Be Prevented?

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

The War Party still has a lot of clout: Israel's Netanyahu may seem isolated internationally, but his allies still own a sizeable chunk of the U.S. Congress. There was a serious attempt in the Senate to sabotage the latest talks by imposing new sanctions on Iran.

Iran Will Become a Nuclear Power, Unless...

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If the Obama administration feels that there is even a faint chance to reach a lasting agreement with Iran, President Obama can improve the odds by insisting on a few conditions and satisfy itself and its allies that it has done all it could to prevent the military option.

The Iran Deal: Only Time Will Tell

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Its success or failure depends largely on the extent to which Iran will, in fact, comply with its various provisions. The more important question is, will it lead to a permanent accord that will prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons?

'Unclean' -- Iran's Outcast Baha'i Minority

Anthony Vance | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Anthony Vance

The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.

Nuclear Deal Only Strengthens Iran As Regional Power

Anav Silverman | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Anav Silverman

A recent AP report revealed that the United States and Iran had secret high-level, face-to-face talks for over the past year, which paved the way for the nuclear deal that was settled between Washington and Tehran this past weekend in Geneva.

The Nuclear Deal: Netanyahu vs. Obama

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The deal that was struck in Geneva between Iran and the P5+ 1 represents an important first step in curbing Iran's nuclear program. Regardless of the multiple flaws it contains, it offers a chance to end Iran's nuclear impasse peacefully.