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Iranian Election

Behind The Scenes Of Hassan Rouhani's Victory: Expect A Politician Not A Puppet!

Fatemeh Keshavarz | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Fatemeh Keshavarz

Rouhani is not the reformists dream but he brings hope for substantial change. The events of the past six months testify to the complexity of the Iranian political milieu and the people's desire for change through the ballot box

The Iranian Election 2013: Hope Revisited

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 08.13.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

What Iran needs is not another critique of what's wrong, but a conversation among the people by the people about what would make it right. No Supreme Leaders, no Rule Makers, no Decision Makers, just people.

Last Reform-Minded Candidate Drops Out Of Iranian Election

Reuters | Yeganeh Torbati | Posted 08.10.2013 | World

DUBAI, June 11 (Reuters) - Reformist former Vice-President Mohammad Reza Aref has withdrawn from Iran's June 14 presidential election, he said in a ...

Iran's Election Race Wide Open

AP | NASSER KARIMI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 06.03.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- On the hardscrabble streets in south Tehran, a group of paramilitary volunteers looks to hard-line presidential candidate Saeed Jalili...

Election in Iran: Rafsanjani's Disqualification Anchors the Islamic Republic in Securitarianism

Milad Jokar | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Milad Jokar

Iran is located in the middle of a region which is on the edge of conflagration. A destabilization of the regime would not only undermine the stability of its power; it would also put the Iranian nation at stake and potentially collapse the regional balances of power.

Iran Continues Crackdown On Sufis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Persecution of the Gonabadi-Nimatullahi Sufis has been relentless. The motive for the Iranian government assault on them is simple: They are blunt critics of the theocracy.

LIVE Q&A: Ask An Iranian Dissident Anything

The Huffington Post | Jake Bialer | Posted 11.12.2011 | World

Omid Habibinia is an Iranian dissident who is currently living in Switzerland. Born in Iran, he studied Media, Clinical Psychology and Global Studies,...

I Just Got Back From Iran

Stephen Kinzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Kinzer

In today's America, that's a conversation-stopper. The reality is more prosaic -- sobering realities shape Iranian politics. Nonetheless, Iran may have more democratic potential than any other society in the Muslim world.

One Year Later: The Green Movement Goes On

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

I was one of millions around the world who watched last summer's Green Revolution unfolding on the streets of Iran with high hopes for a swift and blo...

Abusing the Living and Dead

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

I am not easily shocked. But two stories that recently came across my desk were so disgraceful, and in some ways dangerous, that I feel compelled to write about them. Both featured players in the Middle East crassly abusing the living and the dead.

A Software That Enables Iranians to Surpass the Government's Advanced Filtering System

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

For Tehran, software that enables the Iranian people to circumvent the government's Internet censorship would be a political nightmare -- but it's on the way.

Iran at a Crossroads

Patrick Disney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patrick Disney

Iran-watchers are struggling with the cognitive dissonance of it all: how can you still oppose war but support the dismantling of the Islamic theocracy?

Iran Opposition Unplugged

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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.

Sarah Palin's Jihad

Malou Innocent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Malou Innocent

Palin's comment about Iran reflects an ongoing effort by conservatives to cast Obama as soft on terrorism, and mirrors much of the media coverage following the foiled Christmas Day attack.

Crunch Time for Iran's Supreme Leader

Meir Javedanfar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Meir Javedanfar

In 2010 we are likely to see anti-regime demonstrations reaching rural areas and the spread of union strikes. Without a change of course, domestic stability will be fragile.

We Refuse To Die: Iran's New Revolution

Setareh Sabety | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Setareh Sabety

In what is believed by many to be an attempt to deter a repeat of the widespread and vociferous Ashura demonstrations, two young men have been executed for being a Mohareb, which is punishable by death.

The Latest Tool for Iran's Opposition: iPhone Apps

Jamal Abdi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Abdi

Voice of America announced that it will unveil a new app for iPhone and Android mobile devices that will enable Iranians to upload videos, photos and other content to the VOA's Persian News Network

Leave Punishing Iran to Iranians

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

It's clear that Iran's strongest adversary today remains within its own borders. The current Iranian regime has far more to fear from its own people than it does from any foreign powers.

Obama Should End Silence on Human Rights Abuses in Iran

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

If the Obama administration waits until it takes punitive action against Iran to censure human rights abuses there, it will look like we view human rights as a pressure tactic, rather than as the foundation of free society.

Khamenei is the New Shah: There Will Be (More) Blood

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Khamenei has become the new Shah -- hated by so many that it seems implausible that Iranian elites will ever be able to operate without much distrust and fear of each other.

A Truly World-Wide Web: What If Totalitarian Regimes Couldn't Censor the Net?

David Colarusso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Colarusso

If there was a global I.S.P. in the sky, it would be difficult to restrict internet access. So why not do it? A free internet is a means by which citizens can share their stories with the world.

Student Stuns Iran By Criticizing Supreme Leader

AP | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT — An unassuming college math student has become an unlikely hero to many in Iran for daring to criticize the country's most powerful man ...

MSM vs. Digital in 2009: The Times' Brian Stelter Weighs in on Who Won the Big Stories

Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ted Johnson, Maegan Carberry, Teresa Valdez Klein

Who's on top, the MSM or Digital Media? Who's leading the discussion, why, and is it a good thing? To help us navigate this tricky landscape, we asked New York Times reporter Brian Stelter.

Ahmadinejad Kicks Diversion Efforts into High Gear

Melody Moezzi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Melody Moezzi

In the lead-up to his speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is up to his old tricks. And sadly, the global community seems to be falling for them.

New York, New York: My Kind of Town

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reporters Uncensored

It won't surprise Ahmadinejad that the largest gathering of Iranians in exile in thirty years will be waiting for him here in New York City with green bandanas -- but the sight of rabbis next to them might.