The possible diplomacy of a moderate president like Rouhani can be a catalyst for human rights and systematic change, but it cannot be done in a vacuum.
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
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 [...]
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.”
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. [...]
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.
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
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.
Like a lime being squeezed, just as the iron fist of the regime is trying to tighten its grip, the Green Zone will expand and slip through its fingers.
3:00AM GMT – February 28 We just came across this video that we had not seen, from the protests in Tehran on February 14 / 25 Bahman. It is being filmed by someone on a bus that captures the heavy security presence in the street. Nearing the end of the video, you can see regime [...]
10:00AM GMT – February 27 We have started a running live-blog tracking the arrests Iran’s Green opposition leaders here. 7:50AM GMT Till now, the regime has not dared arrest the main opposition figures and leaders of the Green Movement. With confirmation by the very reliable Reza Sayah that Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and their [...]
Over the past several days in Iran, the regime has consolidated steps it has been taking for months now towards putting Iranian opposition figures, Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, and Mehdi Karroubi, under a type of permanent house arrest–a method that it has used in the past to silence individuals that it can’t [...]
This is a live-blog report of events in Iran on February 21, 2011. The majority of the reports in this blog are sourced via social media. With regards to the videos and images in this live-blog, we are not affiliated with the people or groups that produced them and the posting of the content by [...]
7:45AM GMT We had intended for our last update for the day to be the previous one, but felt that this interview of a protester, Sara, by Anderson Cooper is a must-see. She typifies the ordinary Iranians that have decided that they have to stand up for their rights. The interview is significant not only [...]
How the Mousavi-Karroubi request to hold a rally in support of Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings reveals hypocritical and totalitarian nature of regime
The Facebook page that supports Mir Hossein Mousavi has posted a call for public-demonstrations “on Monday, Feb 14, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. (local time) from Imam Hossein Square to Azadi Square (Tehran) to show solidarity with the popular movements in the region and in particular the freedom-seeking movements of the Tunisian and Egyptian people against [...]