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Revisiting the Nuke Deal with Iran, a Year In

It’s been nearly a year since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – otherwise known as the nuclear deal – was signed in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1. With the agreement’s first anniversary around the corner, “year in

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Make No Mistake: Iran’s Hardliners & Moderates Have Same Aims

We’ve been pondering the “moderate” nature of Iran’s moderates since the June 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani. Since he won his seat on a “moderate” ticket, we have been hard-pressed to find evidence of Rouhani’s moderation: the unprecedented rise

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Despite Global Outcry, Can Jailed Iranian Cartoonist Expect Mercy?

What can you get arrested for in Iran? The list grows longer by the day: for belonging to a religious or ethnic minority; for being a female spectator in a “masculine” sports stadium; for killing a man trying to rape

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Amid Nuclear ‘Endgame’, Will Old Enmities Prevail?

Rumor has it that a framework nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran is going to be finalized soon – by Tuesday, in fact, when the clock runs out on the agreed-upon deadline. But despite some optimistic forecasts, the final

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Posted in CNN, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif, nuclear talks

The Question That Should’ve Been Asked About #letter4u

That Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei uses the internet is known to all. As we’ve reported in the past, the top cleric has used Twitter – which is, incidentally, still banned in Iran – to disparage the West, among

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif

Nuclear Talks Held Hostage by Internal Iranian Divisions

Iranian critics of the country’s nuclear program don’t get together that often, but when they do, it doesn’t escape the notice of the Western press – even though they’re not actually in power. Last month, several of these critics held

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Posted in Al monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage, Mohammad Javad Zarif, nuclear talks

Iran’s Economy: A Political Plot – Or Bad Priorities?

That Iran’s economy is floundering is no news to anyone. Numbers neatly compiled by The Wall Street Journal show that while President Hassan Rouhani oversaw a fragile recovery of the economy since his election, the twin travails of plummeting oil

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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