Iran: Democracy, Rouhani and the Green Movement (Part 1/2)

July 18, 2013

Under Rouhani, It will be a lot harder to demonize Iran. This is the first of a two part series. After Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's eight years in office, Iran elected Hassan Rouhani as the country’s new president on June 15. Rouhani, an early supporter of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,...

Rouhani’s Election: A Victory for the Green Movement?

June 26, 2013

To maintain support among Green Movement sympathizers, Rouhani needs to work for the release of political prisoners. On May 22, when the Guardian Council presented the approved candidates for the June 14 presidential election in Iran, those not approved received more attention than the actual...

Iran: The Predetermined Election

June 13, 2013

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...

The Unknown Side of Iran’s Presidential Election

May 31, 2013

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...