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Does Concern Outweigh Joy Over Nuclear Deal?

After 20 months of drawn-out talks, Iran and the world powers have struck a final-status nuclear deal. As reports of the agreement (full text here) started streaming in on Tuesday, so did the jubilant reactions from Iran and beyond –

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif, nuclear talks

Iran’s Economy: A Political Plot – Or Bad Priorities?

That Iran’s economy is floundering is no news to anyone. Numbers neatly compiled by The Wall Street Journal show that while President Hassan Rouhani oversaw a fragile recovery of the economy since his election, the twin travails of plummeting oil

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Who Will Succeed Khamenei – And Does It Matter?

In the past month, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who was hospitalized in September for prostate surgery, has risen from his sickbed to hike in the mountains north of Tehran — and reprimand “wicked” Britain for creating ISIS. But

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Posted in Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, IRGC, Khamenei, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Media Coverage

Iran’s LGBT Expats in the Spotlight Reflecting on Those Who Stayed Behind

Earlier this month, we reviewed the media’s reaction to a surprising government-sanctioned report showing that nearly 20 percent of Iranian youths define themselves as gay (so much for Ahmadinejad priding the absence of gays in Iran..), as well as to

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

What The Gaza Conflict Says About A Nuclear Deal With Iran

Superficially, the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip should have little to do with Iran. Yet all sides implicate Iran. Israel accuses Iran of shipping weapons to the Islamist organization, arming it as it has armed the

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Posted in Al monitor, Christian Science Monitor, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Military, Seyed Hossein Mousavian

That Time Iran Beat America – What’s Changed?

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Rio is right around the corner, and Iran is preparing for it in full force after clinching a place in the finals, despite a small setback caused by shrinking socks in the kit supplied

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Posted in Iranian Foreign Relations, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 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
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