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Iran’s Voters Send a Clear Message to the Regime

Iran’s Voters Send a Clear Message to the Regime

Two important facts emerged from the Iran elections on 21 February. The first is that the country actually held elections — a rarity in that region. The second is that the outcome was almost wholly negative for the regime. The candidate list had been purged of anyone not loyal to...

Iran Faces Yet Another Undemocratic Election

Iran Faces Yet Another Undemocratic Election

On February 21, yet another nominal election will take place in Iran, coming on the heels of widespread protests in over 100 cities at the end of last year. It was the third time that the Iranian government faced protests in the last decade and the biggest since the Islamic Revolution of...

Iran’s Implosion Would Bring Chaos to Eurasia

Iran’s Implosion Would Bring Chaos to Eurasia

The last time Iranians staged a revolution, they overthrew the oppressive Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who ruled his country from 1941 to 1979 with an iron fist. Pahlavi was a staunch US ally, but his reign left millions disgruntled due to unemployment, corruption, soaring inflation and...

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

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

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...

Poets Speak Out Against US Sanctions On Iran

Poets Speak Out Against US Sanctions On Iran

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to exiled Iranian poet and journalist Sepideh Jodeyri. Iran’s relations with the United States seem to have come to a nadir under the current administration. One of the first decisions President Donald Trump took after entering the White...

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How Iran’s Propaganda Machine Succeeds in the West

How Iran’s Propaganda Machine Succeeds in the West

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...

In Iran, There Is Little to Smile About

In Iran, There Is Little to Smile About

What is behind Iran's low ranking in the 2018 World Happiness Report? Iranians are unhappy for a number of reasons, like in all countries where people are sometimes more and sometimes less happy. However, the root cause of unhappiness in Iranian society is of a different nature: It’s...

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

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

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...

Bitter Pills to Swallow for Iran and Saudi Arabia

Bitter Pills to Swallow for Iran and Saudi Arabia

Both Iran and Saudi Arabia embarking on economic transformation of their respective economies will benefit not just their own citizens but the wider region as well. Notwithstanding the entrenched animosity between bitter rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, it is possible that Iranian regional...

Can Rouhani Play His Cards Right?

Can Rouhani Play His Cards Right?

Hassan Rouhani is a shrewd politician, and he has spotted the opportunity to harness the recent discontent for his cause. The recent unrest in Iran is yet another illustration that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and his agents of oppression, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Be “Prepared”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Be “Prepared”

From the DRC to Iran, should we prepare ourselves for the “death of the king”? Joseph Kabila, the president of the somewhat Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), appears increasingly allergic to the idea of elections contained in the nation’s constitution. The government’s allergic...

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