“To me, Iran feels like other authoritarian countries I covered before they toppled.”
Feature: Hugs from Iran (Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times Chronicles his Road Trip through Iran)
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.
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.
We just received a tweet from Al Jazeera’s The Stream, letting us know that they have noted our comments, presumably from our Twitter feed: AJStream The Stream @IranNewsNow@ImranGarda and @ASE noted your comments on #Iran and Parazit: sfy.co/OBv Tune in at 19:30 GMT to watch the show! (original tweet) We’re not certain exactly what will be discussed, but [...]
Scott Lucas writes for EA Worldview video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player A discussion, including David Albright and Karim Sadjadpour, on a Sunday talk show about the IAEA report and Iran’s nuclear programme See also Iran Feature: Did Unnamed Officials Use the Media to Turn Nanodiamonds into Nuclear Bombs? A classic case study in how information/propaganda [...]
Scott Lucas writes for EA Worldview: Mohsen Rezaei is a big player in Iranian politics. He was head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps for 16 years, and he is now the Secretary of the Expediency Council. In 2009, he was a candidate in the 2009 Presidential election — while his campaign disputed the legitimacy [...]
Dave Siavashi writes for EA: According to The Wall Street Journal: The Obama administration has quietly drawn up plans to provide a key Persian Gulf ally with thousands of advanced “bunker-buster” bombs and other munitions, part of a stepped-up U.S. effort to build a regional coalition to counter Iran. An interesting announcement in itself, but [...]
Let’s start with the “smoking gun” statement from the IAEA that does not exactly smoke
Ahmadinejad says release of U.S. hikers would be a “humanitarian gesture”.
The internal conflict between President Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, and the loss of close allies like Syria will play a significant role in delegitimizing the Iranian regime.
Two years later, as the Arab Spring has dominated the region many wonder whether the Green Movement is still alive and if there is hope for reform in Iran.
Mousavi: “Given the current climate in our country, one cannot be hopeful regarding participation in the upcoming elections.”