Reza J.

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Rouhani: New Blood For the Old Regime (Part 2/2)

Rouhani's win shows the supreme leader’s hunger for a new domestic and foreign policy agenda. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. First of all, the election result in Iran shows that main power brokers believe in a need for change on the domestic and foreign policy level. There are two reasons that explain why Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, did... Continue Reading

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Iran: The Predetermined Election

The institutional setup in Iran is designed to preserve the power of Ayatollah Khamenei and the conservative establishment.  “Since the beginning of the revolution until now we've had 30 elections — which one has not been free?” This statement was declared by Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, six months ago. He continued: “They shouldn't... Continue Reading

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The Unknown Side of Iran's Presidential Election

Reza J takes a closer look at some of the unknown aspects of the upcoming Iranian presidential election and examines Facebook as an instrument of dissent. Forget all you have heard so far about Iran’s presidential election. Analysts are discussing the disqualification of Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Mashaei, the most prestigious candidates from the reformist and Ahmadinejad camps.... Continue Reading

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No Change After Iran's Presidential Elections

Despite the importance attached to the upcoming presidential elections, when it comes to Iran's nuclear program, there will be no change at the negotiating table. On April 18, 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry asked senators pressing for tougher sanctions over Iran's nuclear program to be patient. He is not the only high-ranking Western politician who thinks that it would be difficult to... Continue Reading

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Upcoming Election Explains Iran’s Crackdown on Journalists

Fearing unrest and anti-government demonstrations similar to those after the 2009 election, the Iranian regime began cracking down on journalists and political activists this January. Arrests and newspaper bans are a normal part of a journalist’s life in Iran. It was always like this, even before the 1979 Revolution. However, since the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in... Continue Reading

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