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In The West, As In Iran, Rezaian Case Is About Politics

Nine months after the arrest of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Iran has finally revealed the charges against him: four, including espionage, “propaganda against the establishment,” and “collaborating with hostile governments” (charges already eerily familiar to those who’ve watched Jon

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Posted in AP, CNN, Human Rights, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif, nuclear talks

Bloggers in Prison While Beheshti Verdict Not Making Waves

It was bad news that came out of Iran this weekend: the police interrogator who killed blogger Sattar Beheshti has been sentenced to three years in prison. This may sound like good news – ostensibly, justice has been done –

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Posted in AP, Human Rights, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

‘Holocaust Endorsement’ Still Not Politically Correct

An attempt by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to accuse Israel of conspiring against Iran spun out of control this week after hardliners summoned him to the Iranian parliament to grill him on his criticism of Holocaust denial. In

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Posted in Al monitor, AP, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian elections, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

The 2014 ‘Moderates’ And 1979…. Progressives?

With over half of Iran’s population under 30, and a high rate of unemployment amid economic woes, Iranian lawmakers have devised a method to make birth rates in the country rise – after decades of decline prompted by progressive family

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Posted in AP, Fars News Agency, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Media Coverage

Iran Sanctions Dam Bursts

Less than two weeks after the Geneva nuclear deal, media outlets are rightly heralding the start of the “post-sanctions” era. According to Reuters, “the phone hasn’t stopped ringing” at the German-Iranian Chamber of Commerce since the deal was signed, with

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Posted in AP, Ha'aretz, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Other News

Iran’s Point of No Return

On the heels of this week’s IAEA talks in Vienna, the P5+1 are gearing up for follow-up meetings with Iran to discuss its nuclear program in Geneva next week. The Associated Press quoted both Iran and the UN as describing

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Posted in AP, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Other News

Syria – Out (for now), Iran – In (again)

President Obama’s deferring the use of force against Damascus refocuses media attention – for the moment, at least – on the wider ramifications of the Syria crisis. Despite the weekend timing, the reaction was swift and sharp. The instinctive response

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Posted in Al monitor, AP, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Military
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