Iran Threatens to Use Foreign Fighters against Its Own People

March 12, 2019

Tehran’s threat to use foreign fighters against its own people is a clear indication that many in the Iranian security forces will not follow orders if mass protests erupt. On March 6, Musa Ghazanfarabadi, head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, threatened, if necessary, to bring in foreign...

Amnesty International Calls 2018 the “Year of Shame” for Iran

February 06, 2019

Since December 2017, the authorities in Iran have intensified their crackdown, specifically targeting journalists, social media and women’s rights activists, Ahwazi Arabs, Kurds and their families. In a recent summary of human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Amnesty...

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...

Why Iran Will Never Have Glasnost

September 12, 2018

At this critical crossroads, Iran needs a glasnost, a spirit of openness and dialogue that would allow society to air its grievances and to move closer to consensus.  With bread and butter issues a priority, Iranian demands for political dynamism have been obfuscated amidst the country’s...

Women’s Rights in Iran Teeter between Reform and Backlash

July 27, 2018

The political tug of war continues between reformists and hard-liners over women's rights in Iran. In June, for the first time since the establishment of the Islamic Republic, women were allowed to watch live matches of Iran's bid in the FIFA World Cup being screened at the Azadi Stadium in...

Deaf Ear, Blind Eye for Iran’s Human Rights Abuses

March 05, 2018

When it comes to human rights violations in Iran, Europe's stance is often influenced by its economic interests. Whenever Europe is mentioned outside the continent itself, one key feature associated with it by non-Europeans is human rights. Whenever its leaders come together to discuss global...