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Zarif threatens and blames West for Iran’s nuclear progress

As Iran and world powers tried to salvage the nuclear talks they have been engaged in for much of the past year ahead of the July 20 deadline for a final-status deal, Iranian leaders have been using media outlets to

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Mohammad Javad Zarif, nuclear talks

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

Iran on Syrian Chemical Massacre (2)

With US Secretary of State John Kerry’s confirmation that Bashar Assad gassed his civilian population, Tehran’s involvement in this crisis has been upgraded. Media coverage has been good, but we’d still like to frame the reportage more precisely. Perhaps viewing

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Posted in BBC, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Military

Javad Zarif, Everyone’s Favorite FM

Congratulations to Al-Monitor’s Barbara Slavin for her expose on Iran’s new justice minister.  As far as we can tell, her article was the first serious media examination of the people President Rouhani has surrounded himself with. In comparison, seems the time

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

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

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

Italy- Iran Ties Heat Up

In the past few months this blog has expanded its gaze at Tehran’s charm offensive toward a few potentially vulnerable states, including Italy. Why? Basically since the media doesn’t seem interested in covering such a development. Seems we hit the

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