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Dramatic Event in Lausanne While Breakthrough with Iran Still Elusive

For talks that are down to the wire, the nuclear negotiations in Lausanne seem to be lingering at the finish line for quite a while – giving news outlets plenty of time to churn out dramatic headlines heralding an imminent

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Posted in Christian Science Monitor, Human Rights, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, nuclear talks

Is Saudi Arabia Still A Match For Iran?

The Middle East – along with concerned leaders all over the world – was rocked this week by the news of Saudi King Abdullah’s sudden death. The monarch’s demise, and his ostensibly seamless replacement with his 79-year-old half-brother, raised many

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Posted in Iranian Foreign Relations, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, Military

Nuke Talks Extended Again – But Are They Running Out Of Time?

After a nail-biting few days in which it appeared Iran and the six world powers had reached the nuclear finish line, the deadline for a final-status agreement was extended this week by seven more months. While US Secretary of State

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Posted in Huffington Post, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, nuclear talks

Iran Caught Between Past and Present

Iran marked the mourning day of Ashura this week, observing – with drums, not self-flagellation, according to this Guardian photo essay – the death of Hossein, the Shi’ite imam and martyr. But it commemorated something else, too – because this

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Posted in Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, IRGC

Iran’s Attitude to Sex is a Problem for the West

It’s news to no one that being gay in Iran isn’t easy. But it may have gotten even harder now, under Iran’s “moderate” regime. On August 6, Abdullah Ghavami Chahzanjiru and Salman Ghanbari Chahzanjiri were hanged in southern Iran, reportedly

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Internal Issues, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

The Fly In The Nuclear Ointment

Ten months of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers have gone by. Ten months in which the two sides signed an interim deal, Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), with the intention of inking a final-status agreement by

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

Media Bored by Iran’s Green Movement

When it comes to human rights, just how triumphant was the recent high-profile European parliamentary delegation visit to Iran (which we reported about last month)? Well, let’s see: the delegation did meet with two eminent political prisoners, dissident filmmaker Jafar

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