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Iran Returns to Old Ways, Jailing another American

When Iran released Jason Rezaian and other American hostages in a prisoner swap deal spearheaded by Washington, their return was celebrated as a “triumph” by the English-language press. And it was a triumph of sorts, at least for the families

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, 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

Netanyahu, Elephant in the (Iran) Room

Media outlets projected something between ridicule and anger this past week toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who dared – supposedly like the French FM – to differ with the world’s powers on the Iran nuclear crisis. The press caught that

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Posted in CNN, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Media Coverage

Iran Nuclear Talks in Geneva

The headlines summed up the media consensus on the Geneva meetings pretty well: detailed talks with a chance for progress, – but at the end of the day no breakthrough. On the way to this reasonably balanced approach, however, the

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Posted in Al monitor, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Save Syrians – or Talk with Iran?

Even serious commentators are occasionally incomprehensible. This has become particularly apparent in the last few days when it comes to utterances about the Syria-Iran connection. Take the Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart, for example, who the other day tweeted: “what does

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian elections, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Syria: Behind Iran’s Call for Diplomacy

Interesting sub-plot developing in the Syrian crisis: Iran desperately wants in on diplomacy. The media is pretty much on top of Tehran’s multi-track approach of guns, butter and diplomacy, but there’s something we think deserves illumination. Our point of departure:

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Posted in Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Other News

Ali Gharib and national security… really?

Ali Gharib, a ‘national security expert’ formerly of Think Progress (word on the street is that he was booted out of the Center for American Progress), seems more interested in throwing in the towel, than securing the nation.  When it

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Posted in Military
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