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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.”

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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.”

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Iran Feature: The Supreme Leader Is Worried — Three Developments You Probably Don’t Know

Our partner, EAWorldView, has published a ground-breaking piece on Iran’s Supreme Leader. This is a must-read.

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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.”

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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.

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Iran News Now on Al Jazeera’s The Stream (@AJStream) – 19:30 GMT

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 [...]

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Propaganda 101: Nanodiamonds, Nukes, “Western Officials”, & The Washington Post

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 [...]

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Did Someone Murder the Son of 2009 Presidential Candidate Rezaei?

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 [...]

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Iran Analysis: The Pattern of Confrontation — Obama Wins, Regime Wins, Iranian People Lose

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 [...]

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Iran Special Analysis (Part 1): The Nuclear Report – “May” Is Not “Definitely”

Let’s start with the “smoking gun” statement from the IAEA that does not exactly smoke

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Video: Full interview of Ahmadinejad by NBC’s Ann Curry

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Ahmadinejad Announces Possible Release of U.S. Hikers within a “Couple Days”

Ahmadinejad says release of U.S. hikers would be a “humanitarian gesture”.

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Special (Part 2): Iran’s Opposition Steps Up

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.

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Special (Part 1): Where is Iran’s Opposition?

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.

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Mousavi Allowed to Visit Daughters, Says “Future is bright.”

Mousavi: “Given the current climate in our country, one cannot be hopeful regarding participation in the upcoming elections.”

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Shifting Focus and Fighting Ignorance

“Since you are also Muslim like the hijackers, you can explain the religion to us: What would possess these Muslims to do such a thing?”

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A Brave New Documentary by NBC News – #TwitterDiplomacy: The Making of a Nuclear Deal (Preview)

A brave new documentary by the fantastic team at NBC News. Here is a preview posted to YouTube by Ann [...]...

Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey and Iran President Hassan Rouhani Exchange Tweets on Net Freedom in Iran

Twitter has completely changed the way people of influence communicate with each and with their audiences, in conversations that take [...]...

How Diplomacy with Iran will Improve Iran’s Human Rights Situation

The possible diplomacy of a moderate president like Rouhani can be a catalyst for human rights and systematic change, but it cannot be do...

Journalist yells “Remember, Mousavi must be present!” at President-Elect Rouhani live press conference

It was bound to happen. President-elect Dr. Hassan Rouhani ran on a campaign of hope and prudence, and on June [...]...

Exclusive: Iran News Now’s Conversation with Dr. Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s New President: “Govt of hope and prudence seeks to eliminate gaps between our people, create conditions for improved atmosphere”

Dr. Hassan Rouhani has just officially won the 2013 Iran presidential election. He is now officially President Hassan Rouhani of [...]...

Live-blog: Iran Election 2013 – Voting Day, Round One. Will it be a “Political Epic”?

This is a live-blog covering the first day of the 2013 Iran Presidential Election. We will provide coverage throughout the [...]...