Iran’s Defiance of International Pressure Should Not Be Taken Seriously

April 29, 2019

Tehran’s defiant attitude is part of a desperate strategy to compel the international community to stand down. The Islamic Republic of Iran has maintained a defiant tone in the face of the “maximum pressure” campaign pursued by Donald Trump’s White House. The campaign reached new heights...

Without Ethnic Minorities, Regime Change in Iran Will Remain a Distant Hope

April 04, 2019

Iran’s history shows that its ethnic minorities have always been the Achilles’ heel for any regime. On February 1, 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile and, 10 days later, 2,500 thousand years of monarchy came to an end. Although the majority of those who started the...

Why Did Javad Zarif Resign?

March 01, 2019

Amid tension in Tehran, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tried to resign from his post. The ongoing saga of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif shows how chaotic the government has become. On February 25, he announced his resignation via Instagram, stating: “I apologize for not being able to...

What Does Iran’s Instagram Ban Mean?

January 08, 2019

The decision to ban Instagram by Iranian authorities aims to stifle dissent, but not the kind you think.  Instagram will soon be joining an ever-growing list of social networking sites and apps that Iran has filtered over the years. It began with the blocking of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube in...

How Iran’s Propaganda Machine Succeeds in the West

December 10, 2018

Iran has been successful in dividing public opinion in the West over supporting the Iranians’ struggle for freedom and democracy. When the 1979 Revolution in Iran was still in its nascent phase, the majority of the groups involved were secular and left-wing. However, the religious factions...

Rouhani’s Surprising Election

June 17, 2013

Rouhani’s surprising victory in the presidential election represents a significant shift in the Iranian political landscape. Hassan Rouhani’s surprising first round victory in the presidential elections represents  a significant shift in the Iranian political landscape. In a field...

Iran After Ahmadinejad: Who’s Next?

June 12, 2013

After eight years of controversial rule, President Ahmadinejad is constitutionally barred from running for office again. Background On June 14, 2013, Iran's eleventh presidential election will commence. Out of the 686 candidates that registered at the Interior Ministry, the Guardian Council...

Women’s Rights in Iran

May 29, 2013

Marina Nemat, Iranian activist and author of “Prisoner of Tehran” and “After Tehran,” speaks to Fair Observer's Manuel Langendorf about the situation of women and human rights issues in Iran. Nemat argues that women's rights cannot be improved unless there is...

No Change After Iran’s Presidential Elections

May 11, 2013

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...

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