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Recaps of Nuke Deal’s 1st Year List Failures, Not Triumphs

Media recaps looking back at the year since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the nuclear deal, signed into reality on July 14th last year, have not found many reasons to declare the agreement a triumph.

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Posted in Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, nuclear talks

Tensions Rising as Nuke Talks Restart

Both Iran and the EU confirmed this week that talks over a final-status nuclear deal would resume on December 17 in Geneva. Expectations that the negotiations will finally bear fruit this time are already on the rise within the Iranian

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, IRGC, Military, nuclear talks

As Nowruz Dawns, Obama Greetings and Khamenei Critiques

Iran (and other countries) this week celebrated the festival of Nowruz, which marks the start of the Persian new year. The occasion warranted speeches from Iran’s leaders, as well as the annual greeting from US President Barack Obama. Iranian Supreme

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Other News

What Obama left unsaid In SOTU

This past week, we had a new State of the Union speech to examine, one that addressed the Iranian issue on two important counts. The first, and least difficult to miss, was Obama’s vow to continue pursuing diplomatic engagement with Iran,

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

Iran Nuclear Talks in Geneva

The headlines summed up the media consensus on the Geneva meetings pretty well: detailed talks with a chance for progress, – but at the end of the day no breakthrough. On the way to this reasonably balanced approach, however, the

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Posted in Al monitor, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei, Media Coverage

Rouhani’s UNGA speech leaves media hanging

The build-up was impressive, but in the end even the media was forced to admit that Hassan Rouhani’s UN address left something to be desired. Many did so pretty much against their will, either ignoring what was left unstated or excusing

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Posted in Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Hassan Rouhani, Huffington Post, Human Rights, Iranian elections, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Iranian NSC head Ali Shamkhani

Last week Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed former defense minister Ali Shamkhani as head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. Not surprisingly, the move was greeted with media applause – but absolutely no scrutiny. Indeed, the Christian Science Monitor’s Scott

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Posted in Christian Science Monitor, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage
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