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The Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi – Political Significance

The arrest, detainment and recent sentencing to ten years’ imprisonment of Iranian American Businessman Siamak Namazi and his father Baquer Namazi, have received ample coverage in the media. From cbs-news, through Reuters, Huffington Post to NY times. Yet, what is

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage

Iran’s Newest Enemies: Kim Kardashian and Instagram

This just in: Iran has found a new subject to arbitrarily accuse of ludicrous charges. This time, it’s Kim Kardashian who is Iran’s latest enemy of the state – accused by Iran of being a “secret agent” of Instagram. The

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

“Hijab Day”: A Dilemma – Solidarity with Islam or with freedom of Women in Iran

Lately, two parallel developments have been discernable in the West’s relations with its Muslim minorities: the worrying rise of Islamophobia, racism, and prejudice amid fears of terrorist attacks; and increased efforts and calls by non-Muslim populations, including interfaith leaders, to

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Posted in Human Rights, Media Coverage, Other News

Iran Re-defining itself through “Opposition to the West”

If media reports and diplomatic overtures are any indication, the nuclear deal finalized this summer was to have ushered in a new era of rapprochement, cooperation (on everything from business to tourism to the fight against ISIS), and even friendship

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, nuclear talks

NIAC Wins Big ‘Payout’ – But Will It Pay Its Dues?

If any good has come of the finalization of the nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran, it is the fact that the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) has come under significantly closer scrutiny. In recent weeks, prominent media outlets have

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, nuclear talks

The Truth about NIAC – Revealed By Anonymous Iranian Dissident

As our readers know, we’ve been keeping an eye on Trita Parsi and the National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) for a few years now. And what we’ve unearthed has made us seriously question NIAC, its commitment to its purported objectives, and

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Posted in Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Foreign Relations, 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
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