The Word on the Street

April 30, 2021

Reflections Upon Visiting Iran

September 01, 2016

Tehran is an impressive city, says John Weru in this travel blog. It’s 2015 and I write this from a balcony in Velenjak, a northern neighborhood in Tehran. Earlier today, we watched with our host as US Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif met in Vienna,...

After “Worthy Solitude”: Turkey is Backpedaling on its Foreign Policy

November 01, 2013

Realizing its past mistakes, Turkey could become an easier foreign policy partner. Even the supporters of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) are disappointed with the results from Ahmet Davutoglu’s foreign policy. Only 53 percent of AKP voters agree with his Syria...

Old Café Confectionaries of Tehran

October 05, 2013

Old Café Confectionaries in Tehran evoke memories of bygone years. Old buildings, palaces, as well as monumental streets or museum objects are not the sole articles in a country’s history which can make up that country’s cultural heritage as well. Café confectionaries are...

The Civilized Monster: Iran and Pinochet

June 07, 2013

Under Pinochet, the Chilean government used its power to fabricate news to suit its own needs. Are these techniques resurfacing in today’s Iran? During the hot summer days of 2009, people in Iran who were demonstrating against the disputed reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were...

The Iranian Nuclear Crisis

April 03, 2012

A summary of the Iranian nuclear crisis. As the US begins to draw down its hard Middle East presence and pivots to Asia, Iran’s alleged pursuit of nuclear weapons continues to be perceived as one of the most salient global issues. This complex saga can only be understood within a...