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Iran rejects UN and western values

The UN currently counts 193 members, who presumably, at least externally, adhere to the purposes and principles of its charter. Iran, though, is a category on its own. After President Rouhani’s cabinet endorsed the UNESCO education 2030 guidelines (2030 agenda

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

As World Mourns Over France Attacks, Mourning Silenced In Iran

After dispersing a heavily-policed Tehran vigil for the victims of last week’s horrific Paris terrorist attacks after just half an hour (the mourning continued on the web), it took Iran just a few days to move past condoling and consoling

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

Not good enough to be buried in Iran

The last request of renowned American orientalist Stephen Frye stirred controversy this week after Iranian hardliners got wind of the fact that the esteemed scholar had asked to be buried in the historic city of Isfahan, alongside other world-famous Iran

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Posted in CNN, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Other News

Syria crisis exposes Rouhani challenge

The media continues to obsess over the impressive style changes coming from Rouhani and Zarif. NBC‘s op-ed previewing the Iranian president’s upcoming visit to the UN General Assembly in New York raises some points that warrant discussion in this context. The gist

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Huffington Post, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, IRGC, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Military, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Salehi the Pragmatist

The media’s hunger for Iranian pragmatists truly went overboard this past week with news that outgoing foreign minister Ali Akhbar Salehi was moving back to the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). Reuters led the way with its headline to

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Posted in Al monitor, Ali Akbar Salehi, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Other News

German Politicians on Iran

Our readers can rely on us when it comes to monitoring Germany’s relationship with Iran. Our last post in this context focused on commercial ties. This time around we’ll look at politicians. Let’s start with Ruprecht Polenz, head of the

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

Meanwhile, Back at the UN

Finally, we can leave Iran’s elections where they belong and turn to other matters – such as Tehran’s activities in the international arena, something it relishes and which we haven’t examined for months (which is still a better record than most

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Posted in Fars News Agency, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Other News
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