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Fruitful Talks On A Fruitful Nuclear Program

This week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton held yet more “useful” and “fruitful” nuclear talks, this time in Istanbul. Iran has said that a deal is still possible, although agreement on key

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

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

The Great Nuclear (Non) Debate

Iran’s election campaign is heating up. Beyond the weekend debate, in a broader sense the past week’s declarations have been quite an eye opener. The media was all over it, for sure.  But from our point of view, the “news”

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

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

The Rafsanjani Festival

Hear that? It’s the sound of air quickly seeping out of the media balloon inflated for weeks around Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s candidacy for Iranian president. Will he run? Will Khamenei allow him? We know how that ended… Quite an

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Posted in BBC, Iranian elections, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Sanctions: Fini & Cordesman vs. Luers

Classic example of selective media: practically nothing on a working-level EU official’s defense of sanctions, while word of another imminent Ashton-Jalili session covered all over the place. According to this report, EU sanctions coordinator Francesco Fini recently told a Brussels audience:

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Posted in Iranian Financial Sanctions, Media Coverage

Rewriting an Atomic Reality: Iran’s foot soldiers back to work

At the same time as the IAEA, the internationally recognized nuclear watchdog of the UN, released its most recent critical report of Iran’s nuclear program (see my recent post), Farhad Pouladi from AFP decided to rewrite the news. A full

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Posted in Iranian Foreign Relations, Khamenei, Other News, Seyed Hossein Mousavian
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