Does the US Have a Long-Term Iran Strategy?

June 03, 2019

For four decades, relations between Iran and the United States have been marked by misunderstandings, tensions and enmity. The two countries seem to find it impossible to settle their differences and engage with each other on a basis of mutual respect. Reckless decisions by the leaders of the two...

Trump Has No Intentions of Going to War with Iran

May 13, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Hooman Majd, a prominent Iranian-American journalist and author. Those who follow international news come across mentions of Iran almost constantly. Over the past two decades, the regime in Tehran has been in the headlines for its...

Repression Is No Longer Enough to Stem the Anger of Iran’s Minorities

May 09, 2019

Disregarding the vital role of Iran’s non-Persian minorities can only divide and weaken the opposition, leaving it with insufficient support to challenge or overthrow the current regime.  Throughout history, dictators and authoritarians have expended great efforts in presenting their nations...

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...

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...