Laura Rozen reports in Al-Monitor’s Back Channel on the explosive Wikileaks US cable that implicates Ayatollah Khamenei’s top aide and former Iran Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Velayati, in a purported outreach to the U.S. government, seeking funds for a prospective run in Iran’s presidential election. From Laura Rozen’s report: In 2007, an Iranian doctor who [...]
How an explosive Wikileaks revelation about Supreme Leader’s top aide seeking U.S. government money for presidential run might help Ahmadinejad and his right-hand man, Mashaei
The Iranian and U.S. wrestling teams have provided both countries with a rare opportunity…
3 American pro Snowboarders journey to Iran to befriend the youth, discover their culture, and ride the uncharted Alborz mountains…
Feature: Hugs from Iran (Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times Chronicles his Road Trip through Iran)
“To me, Iran feels like other authoritarian countries I covered before they toppled.”
… an unhealthy complacency should not set in on how we view Ayatollah Khamenei’s so-called “nuclear fatwa”.
Iran, Israel and the United States: Our destinies need not be bound by political hatreds, fears, and squabblings
If you happen to have grown up in the west, you are certainly familiar with the horror that was the holocaust. You would know about how the Jews were singled out by the Nazis, how they were demonized, how Nazi propaganda dehumanized them, and ultimately you would know that millions of innocent Jews were killed. [...]
Acknowledging Iran in the drowning din of media chatter
Last year, tens of thousands Iranians protested in solidarity with uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Several people were killed, hundreds were arrested. Today we watch for signs of renewed protests.
A few pictures from Iran, taken by ordinary people and posted to Instagram
Iran Feature: Former Detainee Sarah Shourd “The Plight of Iranians and 3 Decades of US Foreign Policy”
The incredible thing for me was that so many Iranians worldwide took the time to care about us despite the thousands of other political prisoners they have to worry about. “I’m an Iranian boy ashamed for what our government did to three American hikers,” another message on Facebook says. “I want you to know Iranian people are with you and against their own government. Iran’s regime is not chosen by Iranian people. They kill and torture us and we are all in a very big prison named Iran.”
Our partner, EAWorldView, has published a ground-breaking piece on Iran’s Supreme Leader. This is a must-read.
A historic day: The first post-Mubarak elections in Egypt
Journalist Mona Eltahawy’s harrowing ordeal – beating, sexual assault and arrest in Egypt – in her own words and tweets
“The past 12 hrs were painful and surreal but I know I got off much much easier than so many other Egyptians.”
Must Watch – The Stream – “Parazit: Voice of America or voice of the people?” – Two tweets from Iran News Now featured
This is a must watch show. Watch it and let us know what you think. The show raised many interesting questions. Stay tuned for an Iran News Now special, an in-depth look at the show and evaluation of the discussion, with viewpoints from Dave Siavashi.