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Fishpond elections – impressions from Iran’s Presidential debate

The first in a series of debates between the running candidates for the presidency of Iran took place, and impressions of this debate are relevant. The six candidates (president Rouhani, former vice president Hashemitaba, Tehran mayor Ghalibaf, vice president Jahangiri,

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Posted in Iranian elections, Iranian Politics

Hassan Rouhani: Five Points for the Media

Now that the confetti’s been swept away and the bubbly’s been polished off- in western capitals, anyway – we’d like to present our Hassan Rouhani fact list (aided by his recent post-victory address) critical to future media reporting. In short:

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Posted in BBC, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Bravo, Thomas Erdbrink

First things first: we wish the Iranian people well, following their elections. Now to media coverage. While even an Iran-obsessive blog like this one had trouble keeping up, we did notice that at least two journalists worked tirelessly to get

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

And the World Sat Back, Watching

Bored with waiting for Iran’s election, we set out to identify decision makers who took a clear stand against this exercise in pseudo-democracy. Gut feeling (in lieu of relevant media coverage): not good. As far as we could tell, the

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

The Candidate Info Gaps

Several ambitious news services took the initiative and prepared guides to the clueless about Iran’s election candidates. We’re curious to see who was thorough, and who brought to light new information and who dropped the ball.   Foreign Policy Probably

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

Automating Coverage on Iran

The Iranians never stop  complaining about the media; they’re so hypocritical.  Sometimes they even manage to find someone to agree that “it’s not us – it’s them”. Enter the University of Maryland’s  School of Public Policy (always best to have

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Posted in Fars News Agency, Iranian elections, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Iranian Elections & Nukes

We know Iran’s elections are still two weeks out, but where it counts – Iran’s threat to global peace and security – it’s already a done deal.  They’re not interested in negotiations, and the ballot box isn’t going to change

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