Twitter has completely changed the way people of influence communicate with each and with their audiences, in conversations that take place in real-time for the world to witness. But this fact doesn’t dull the wonder of it all. Last week we saw the Twitter accounts of Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, and the White House [...]
Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey and Iran President Hassan Rouhani Exchange Tweets on Net Freedom in Iran
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.
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 14 shocked the world by being elected as Iran’s new president (to be sworn-in in August). One of his key campaign promises was to create a more open atmosphere in Iran following the 2009 presidential [...]
In case you missed it, a great program from the team at Al Jazeera’s The Stream. The topic of Internet access in Iran is a fascinating and important one. With the upcoming presidential election, Internet access in Iran has become extremely slow, and potentially perilous. This one is a must watch (and it even features [...]
Video: Censorship and Power in Iran – Panel discussion featuring Jon Stewart, Maziar Bahari and Joel Simon
This is a must-watch video with a lively discussion and Q&A debate. In particular, there is a part of the discussion where the greying line between journalism and activism is explored. I think this is a crucial part of the video. Journalism today is a form of activism, and activism includes journalism. This is a [...]
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 [...]
The Iranian and U.S. wrestling teams have provided both countries with a rare opportunity…
… an unhealthy complacency should not set in on how we view Ayatollah Khamenei’s so-called “nuclear fatwa”.
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.
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 [...]