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Iranian Women Allowed In Stadiums – But Not for Masculine Sports

Last month, in the wake of the international uproar over the arrest of British-Iranian “volleyball prisoner” Ghoncheh Ghavami, Iran announced that it would finally overturn its ban on women in sports stadiums – and dismiss the case against Ghavami, who

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

Balancing Threats – ISIS and Iran

Apparently, without us realizing it, Iran has become locked in a “contest of threats” with the Islamic State terrorist group. Either one threat prove the more menacing of the two, or the other will; recognizing them both as dangerous doesn’t,

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Posted in Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Media Coverage, Military

Iran Caught Between Past and Present

Iran marked the mourning day of Ashura this week, observing – with drums, not self-flagellation, according to this Guardian photo essay – the death of Hossein, the Shi’ite imam and martyr. But it commemorated something else, too – because this

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Posted in Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, IRGC

Is Iran Growing Stronger In New World Order?

Iran has recently been trying to play itself up as a potential ally of the West – a leader, even – in the fight against Islamic State, with leading news outlets and journalists such as The Washington Post and the

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Military
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