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What are Iran Nuclear Talks All About?

This is the question that’s staring us in the face as media coverage of this week’s P5+1-Iran Geneva meetings picks up. When we established this blog a year ago, our working assumption was that media coverage would provide answers regarding

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Posted in Al monitor, Ha'aretz, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Zarif Admits to Military Nuclear Intention

From time to time we’re critical of Al-Monitor for pro-Iran bias, but also admit that the site is a top rate news source. This past week offered another reminder of this. In a piece by one of its Israeli correspondents,

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Other News

The Iranian Diaspora

With the Rouhani/Zarif visit to NYC finally petering out, one loose end to tie up: Tehran’s attitude toward its’ diaspora. Actually, the issue comes up every year during the Iranian president’s UNGA visit. During Ahmadinejad’s time attention was mainly on

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Al-Monitor: a metaphor for Iran coverage

Couldn’t avoid it: an avalanche of Al-Monitor reports & tweets overwhelmingly favoring Iran/Rouhani/Zarif before, during  and after the recent NYC visit. Should we have been surprised? Well, while zapping around the web we came across this review of 70 articles

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

Netanyahu’s Iran at UNGA

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu tried to keep the NYC Iran media momentum going just a little more, but alas it seems there were far less takers than for Rouhani/Zarif. Apparently public diplomacy is like comedy: it’s all about timing. There’s

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Posted in BBC, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Media Coverage, Other News

Iran on Syrian Chemical Massacre

Faced with chemical weapons use in Syria, it appears from the reportage that Iran is currently struggling between the typical knee-jerk reaction and a more sober approach. This grappling is fairly transparent: first there was Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s response

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian elections, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Other News

Will Iran’s Changing Tone be Enough?

The media remains excited over Iran’s softening rhetoric. Understandable. Still, facts remain more important than warm fuzzies. Representative of the current sentiment, Al-Monitor’s Laura Rozen recently tweeted that “most gestures coming from Iran” (in response to the CIA’s admission to

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Posted in Al monitor, AP, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Other News
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