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Is Western Media Buying Iran’s Revolutionary Narrative?

Iran celebrated the 36th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution last week to great fanfare, replete with speeches by high-level dignitaries and the usual – “traditional,” even – chants of “death to America.” Has anything changed since last year, when Iranians

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Posted in Human Rights, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Media Coverage, nuclear talks, Seyed Hossein Mousavian

A Year With Rouhani, Moderate Minister of Murder

Just over a month ago, an article appeared in Canada’s Globe and Mail titled “The Iran You Won’t Hear About From Ottawa.” In it, seasoned journalist Jeffrey Simpson described a Canadian businessman’s journey to Iran, in which he racked up

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Posted in Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Politics, IRGC, Media Coverage

Russia- Iran boredom

Anyone notice how little appears in western media outlets about  Moscow’s conduct on the Iranian nuclear crisis? Or, for that matter, how slanted the Russia media is when it comes to Iran? If the phenomenon were only in the Russian

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

President Hassan Rouhani

The moment the media has been waiting for is here: Ahmadinejad out, Rouhani in. In his inauguration speech, the new president warned against more sanctions. Nothing new there. We have to admit that the media tendency to give Rouhani the

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Posted in BBC, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian elections, Iranian Financial Sanctions, Iranian Internal Issues, Iranian Nuclear Crisis, Iranian Politics, Khamenei

German Politicians on Iran

Our readers can rely on us when it comes to monitoring Germany’s relationship with Iran. Our last post in this context focused on commercial ties. This time around we’ll look at politicians. Let’s start with Ruprecht Polenz, head of the

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

What’s with the NYT on Iran?

We are not NYT bashers. Really we’re not. But only an ostrich can ignore what’s going down there lately when it comes to the Iranian issue. Our previous post noted that last week the NYT editorial pages hosted two pieces

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

Iran in the Eyes of the (Media) Beholder

Amazing how media-consumers’ perception of the Iranian crisis can be manipulated by headlines, paragraph sequencing and commentary masquerading as fact – not to mention the selection of op-eds. Consider this piece by Reuters’ Brussels-based correspondent Justyna Pawlak. The optimism oozing

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