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Iran: Hawkish in Action, Dovish in the Press

The Iranian rhetoric and actions do not match the image. Iranian leaders often make highly aggressive and belligerent statements, usually containing threats that sound far more hostile than the “moderate” face Iran presents to the West. However, once in a

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Posted in Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Military

Iranian Doublespeak on ‘Sovereignty’ Reaches New Heights

If there’s one concept Iran incongruously uses to justify actions which should otherwise be considered belligerent, warmongering, and destabilizing, it’s “sovereignty.” As we have pointed out in the past, in the name of (ostensibly) protecting this right, Iran has hypocritically

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Iran Admits Death Penalty’s Failure while the Media Echoes UN’s Call to End it

Iran is notorious for its liberal use of capital punishment, particularly for offenses that are considered minor in countries which have a higher regard for human rights. In recent years – under the “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani – Iran has

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

On The High Seas, ‘Moderate’ Iran as Hostile as Ever

As if we needed further confirmation that Iran hasn’t changed, even after the implementation of the nuclear deal with the P5+1, the media supplied it this week – with a volley of reports on the latest naval altercation between Iran

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Posted in Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, IRGC, Media Coverage, Military

On ‘Quds Day,’ Iran Chooses Hate Over Rapprochement – Apparently Nothing has Changed

Since 1979, Iran has marked “Quds Day,” a show of hate for Israel, the West, and everything in-between, annually. But this year is different: it is the year in which Iran was supposed to have changed, opened up to the

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Posted in Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Iran and Islamic State – More Similar Than Catches the Eye

The horrors of the brutal “caliphate” of the Islamic State – from its slave market to the numerous terrorist attacks it has perpetrated – are documented all over the media, as is its hypocrisy. Iran has tried to present itself

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Politics, IRGC, Media Coverage, Military

As Iran Plays Neo-Imperialist Games, Kurds Become Pawns

Iran’s role in the civil war in Syria is playing out in multiple “theaters” simultaneously. The embroilment of Iranian ground troops (rather than just “advisors,” as Tehran has claimed) in the fighting near Aleppo has been well-publicized in the English-language

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, IRGC
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