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Tehran Postcard: What Has Rouhani Changed in One Year?

Claudio Gallo | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Claudio Gallo

One year ago, President Hassan Rouhani was elected to pick up the pieces of the country, a tremendous challenge that both the nuclear deal and the future of the sanctions weigh upon. In this kind of emergency, democracy is the least of people's worries, though some attempts have been made -- like when the president said that the Internet shouldn't be censored. But the truth is that it isn't Rouhani who gets to decide. It's the state powers, such as the judiciary, that seem to have but one goal: limit the government's actions. Vultures, conservatives and the Revolutionary Guards watch the new president's every move, in silence, ready to raise their voices in case of signs of failure.

35 Years On, It is Time to Return to the Democratic Spirit of the Iranian Revolution

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr | Posted 04.12.2014 | World
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

2014-02-10-banisadr_600.jpg Ayatollah Khomeini and Abollhassan Bani-Sadr. Unlike 35 years ago when Iran had only a minority of democratic elites, today we have a large and educated middle class to support and defend separation of religion and state, a constituency large and robust enough to fill the kind of vacuum we had in 1979 that enabled the clergy to take over.

Iran's Ahmadinejad Demands US Apology For "Crimes" Committed Against Iranian Nation

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's president called Wednesday for "profound changes" in U.S. foreign policy including an end to support for Israel and an apo...