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The Evin Brutality And Faded Promises Of Change

We recently reported on the riots in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, in which guards used extreme violence against prisoners in the political ward, including seven journalists. The incident was widely reported in Western media outlets, drawing attention to Iran’s problematic

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Posted in Fars News Agency, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics

Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

Watching the foreign policy crisis over Hamid Aboutalebi’s nomination as Iran’s new UN ambassador unfold, one thing was certain: while Capitol Hill was dominated by partisan politics, on the painful memory of the post-revolution hostage crisis, America was relatively undivided.

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Posted in Al monitor, Fars News Agency, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Other News

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

Hekmati – False Allegations – Or The Great Escape?

An examination of the media furor over Iran’s legal crusade against former US marine Amir Hekmati, who was convicted of spying for the CIA after visiting the country to see his grandmother for the first time, reveals that it can

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Posted in Fars News Agency, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

What Looms Over The Vienna Talks?

Talks in Vienna resume over the Iranian nuclear capabilities as delegates from the P5+1 and Iran convene to iron out some major issues standing in the way of a final-status deal, such as the Arak heavy water reactor, uranium enrichment

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Posted in Fars News Agency, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Ashton In Iran: Clouded with Iranian (!) Criticism

European foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s visit to Iran, the first by an European official in her position to do so since 2008, sparked a poster campaign against her and a  flurry of media responses both within Iran and outside

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Posted in Al monitor, BBC, Fars News Agency, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, IRGC, Media Coverage, Other News

Iran Just Doesn’t See The Irony

As thousands of Russian troops made their way to Crimea this week, the media began to turn its attention to the wider implications of Russian involvement in the Ukraine. CNN’s Aaron David Miller, for example, decided to focus on the

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Posted in Fars News Agency, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage
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