Iran’s Regime Survives on a Well-Maintained Myth

October 24, 2019

The Islamic Republic of Iran is a fundamentally ideological regime with the teleological goal of establishing an Islamist world empire. The mythology of this regime’s ideology naturally requires the existence of the forces of “good” and “evil” along a rigidly drawn line. The regime...

US Middle East Policy Is in Thrall to Its Regional Allies

May 17, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Dr. Edward Wastnidge, a lecturer in international studies at the Open University. Four decades after Iran and the United States severed diplomatic relations, tensions are running higher than at any point in the 21st century. US President...

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’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...

Tehran Tries to Blame the West for Nationwide Flooding

April 09, 2019

The IRGC is exploiting the recent floods in Iran to tighten its grip while suppressing any dissent that might emerge out of the current situation. Over the past two weeks, nearly every province in the Islamic Republic of Iran has been devastated by flooding. Official reports have acknowledged...

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...

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...

Is Bolton’s Talk of Regime Change in Iran Just Hot Air?

February 04, 2019

There is a window of opportunity for striking Iran that will close in a year, making an attack more complicated. Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not right away). We’re leaving...

The War Before the Iran War

August 03, 2018

How likely is a war between the United States and Iran? Tucker Carlson has impeccable conservative credentials. He started out as a low-level staffer at the Heritage Foundation and now he hosts a popular show on Fox News. In between were stints at The Weekly Standard and the online...

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