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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.

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Parvez Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Parvez Sharma

While it is still too early to call the protests in Egypt a revolution, Cairo has been under siege for 48 hours. The three-decade long rule of a despot -- and the country's role as an American ally -- is being challenged.

Devouring their Own: The Basij in the Islamlic Republic

Narges Bajoghli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Narges Bajoghli

Yet not all of the basij adhere to the ultra-conservative elements of the Islamic Republic that have caught the world's attention in the past two months. Many are actually strong supporters of the reformists

Desperate Hugo Chavez Desecrates Simon Bolivar's Tomb

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fernando Espuelas

The desecration of Simon Bolivar's tomb is as shocking as anything Hugo Chavez has ever done.

Big Liars and the Voters Who Love Them

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's not surprising that Republicans oppose the Obama Administration - they want to suck up to the rich by maintaining the status quo. And it's not s...

Clinton: 'Iran Is Moving Toward A Military Dictatorship'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday Iran is sliding into a military dictatorship, a new assessment...

Iran's Awakening

Ali Fatemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ali Fatemi

At this juncture, the US has the moral obligation to not short-circuit Khamenei's collapse. Anything that would provide Khamenei the pretext of an "external threat" will do that.

Iranian Police, Basij Clash With Pro-Reform Protesters At Tehran University

AP | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) TEHRAN, Iran - Security forces and militiamen clashed with thousands of protesters shouting "death to the dictator" outside Tehran University on ...

Former Iranian Basij Militia Member Describes Election Violence (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A man claiming to be a former member of Iran's infamous Basij militia has spoken to Britain's Channel 4 about the violence in the aftermath of last Ju...

Iran Expands Efforts To Stifle Opposition

nytimes.com | ROBERT F. WORTH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria -- After last summer's disputed presidential election, Iran's government relied largely on brute force -- beatings, arrests and show t...

Iran Cracks Down On Student Dissent In Universities

AP | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT — As they gear up for a major anti-government protest Monday, Iranian students are besieged by a clampdown in the universities, with a wa...

House Votes To Expand Sanctions On Iran, Focuses On Oil

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House voted Tuesday to impose new economic sanctions on Iran as lawmakers cast doubt on Iran's willingness to respond to diplom...

Cries for Democracy in Iran

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reza Pahlavi

The Iran issue is not about nuclear capabilities, but rather, whose finger is on the trigger. And currently, that finger belongs to a Holocaust-denying, brutal regime that kills its own people.

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei Loves Caviar And Vulgar Jokes, Defector Claims

Telegraph | Damien McElroy and Ahmad Vahdat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A catalogue of the private opulence and eccentric tastes of 70-year-old Ayatollah Khamenei and his family has been compiled by Iran's opposition Green...

Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Iran's Senior Cleric, Denounces Basij Militia Force

nytimes.com | NAZILA FATHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

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Why The ICC Should Speak Out on Iran

Christopher Santora | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Christopher Santora

Of the many criticisms levied against the international community's efforts to promote accountability, perhaps the most pervasive critique is a rather simple one -- the lack of consistency.

How 30 Years of U.S. Mistakes Saved Ahmadinejad in Iran

Dr. Adam Lankford | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Adam Lankford

In a misguided attempt to punish Iran for a range of crimes, including its state sponsorship of terrorism, the U.S. has insisted on comprehensive sanctions and deliberately worked to cut Iran off from the rest of the world.

The Global Tug-of-War Over Iran

Pye Ian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Pye Ian

With regard to the Obama administration's next moves towards Iran, at the very least the utmost prudence must be exercised, and unprecedented diplomacy deployed, in order to preserve the American and Western way of life.

In Solidarity with the Iranian People!

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Today the Iranian people are gagged. Today the Iranian people are counting their dead, their wounded, and the disappeared. Today Iranians' most fundamental rights are systematically and brutally violated.

Iran's Uprising: Food for Thought

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Ever since the Iranian revolution stunned the world in 1979, the Arab regimes and their allies in the West have been obsessing over Iran's "exporting of the revolution."

Obama is Doing Right by the Iranian People, So Far

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and the Occupied Territories, which Bush et al either supported or outright committed, actually strengthened the Ahmadinejad government.

Iran and America: The Spirit of 1908

John Ghazvinian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Ghazvinian

Is 101 years a bit far to go back to help us understand what's happening today? Not in Iran.

An Arrest Suggests Ahmadinejad Backstabbing Supreme Leader in Iran

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

It may be the case that factions of individuals within Ahmadinejad's government have been actively working to keep Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, in the dark on a number of domestic matters.