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Iran's Billboard Guide to Family Planning Teaches 'the More, the Merrier'

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

About 47 years ago, the motto "Fewer children, better life" penetrated deep into Iranians' homes and affected reproduction norms in the quest for a more comfortable lifestyle. The slogan was a major effort by the Pahlavi administration.

North Korea To Punish Insincere Mourners

Posted 01.13.2012 | World

You'd better watch out, you'd better cry. You'd better pout, I'm telling you why: North Korea's punishing insincere mourners, according to the Daily N...

North Korea's New Leader Seeks To Resemble Grandfather

AP | By JEAN H. LEE and SAM KIM | Posted 03.08.2012 | World

SEOUL, South Korea -- The resemblance is striking: the full cheeks and quick smile, the confident gait, the habit of gesturing with both hands when he...

The Occult Chickens Have Come Home To Roost: Religious Superstition In Iranian Politics

Ali Rahnema | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Ali Rahnema

Since early May 2011, charges of sorcery, witchcraft, and using supernatural powers to manipulate people and events for particular political ends have been leveled against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran's Green Movement Lie

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

For most Iranians, the Green Movement is what the international media is calling the massive mobilization to dismantle the Islamic Republic of Iran. The hope is that change will finally open the door to serious reform.

Mahmoud's Media Minions

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

For some inexplicable reason, Mahmoud's latest charm offensive seems to be captivating some in the media who are caught up in his, umm, let's say, "witchcraft."

Iran's Latest Fatwa: A Fiery Fury

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Despite the Supreme Leader's outright ban of the fire festival with a fatwa, Norooz, a New Year's celebration with pre-Islamic roots, will prevail in Iran.

Iran Sentences 3 To Death In Postelection Mass Opposition Trial

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Three defendants in Iran's mass trial of opposition figures accused of fueling the country's postelection unrest have been senten...

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 ...

Iran Abuse Confirmations Abound: Mohsen and Saeedeh's Stories

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, two more official accounts come out of Iran, confirming the extent of violence that is taking place in the country's detention centers.

Iran protests not 'foreign backed'

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Iran's supreme leader has said that he has no proof the leaders of the post-election violence in June were backed by foreign states. In a statement r...

Rape and the Republic: Iran's Victims Speak Out

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, Mehdi Karroubi came under fire for stating what for decades has been public knowledge in Iran: The systematic rape of political prisoners as a means of permanently disabling them from society, let alone from political activity.

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.

A Cabal in the College of Mullahs?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

With growing resentment directed against Ali Khamenei by his own peers, how ironic would it be that the first political casualty of Iran's election dispute turned out to be the supreme leader and not Ahmadinejad?

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.

An Exclusive Interview with a Pro-Ahmadinejad Cleric in Qom, Iran

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

A recurring theme in many of the cleric's answers is his very strong belief that "foreign" Western powers, particularly England, are behind the current unrest in Tehran

Obama and the Ayatollah

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

How to respond to the Ayatollah is a particularly tricky question for Obama, because he has an unusual dual role to play: Inspirational global icon and president of the United States.

Hello, Iran

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Giles Slade

Injustice and arrogance are powerful catalysts, aren't they?

The One Thing 39 Million Iranians Decisively Voted For

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

Out of 46.2 million eligible voters, a staggering 39 million came out to vote, making a strong, unequivocal statement: Iranians value democracy

In Bid to Stay Current, Ayatollah Joins MySpace

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

"If you can't beat them, join them," the Ayatollah said. "Having said that, we will also continue to beat them."

Iran's First Female President: Not Gonna Happen

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

In a society where about 70% of the university population is female, the election vetting process is a sad comment on the true condition of Iran's girls and women: second-class citizens.

Decision 2009 -- Iran's June 12 Elections

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

As President Obama calibrates his engagement policy with Iran and plans his next steps with the vexing Islamic Republic, that nation will go to the polls on June 12 to elect a president.

Khamenei Scolds Ahmadinejad Over Dismissed Official

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's supreme leader publicly rebuked the president over his removal of a top official, a rare show of discontent with the hard-...