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August, 2017

  • 24 August

    Economic Fairness and the Unity of the Democratic Left

    Mr. Alijani, an Iranian Religious-Nationalist Party activist, states in his latest article that economic justice for Iranians in the future can come about through the unity of the democratic left, nationalist and progressive forces. He then goes globe-trotting in search of the prescribed panacea and points at the success of …

  • 24 August

    Reducing Iranian Influence in Iraq’s Security Forces

    Michael Knights and Hamdi Malik (The Wahington Institute) On August 20, Iraq’s security forces began the battle for Tal Afar, a satellite city of Mosul still under Islamic State control. One of the most controversial aspects of the battle will be the role played by the predominantly Shia Popular Mobilization …

  • 20 August

    Promise of Democracy: What to do?

    In his recent analysis of the struggle for democracy in Iran over the last 110 years, Mr. Omid Montazeri suggests that ‘promise of democracy’ has become a part and parcel of the process of bringing the high ideal about. He reminds of that this is used, or better put, abused, …

  • 17 August

    Rouhani’s Road Already Taken

    Mehdi Khalaji (The Washington Institute)   On August 14, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, appointed Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi as the new head of the regime’s Expediency Council. He also named five new members, including Muhammad Baqer Qalibaf, the mayor of Tehran and a main rival of Hassan Rouhani in …

  • 17 August

    Iran’s National Army Reorganizes

    Farzin Nadimi (The Wahington Institute) Despite shows of public consensus, Iran’s postrevolutionary decades have been rife with internal competition, including in the military ranks. In particular, clashes of interest have occasionally flared between the Islamic Republic of Iran ground force (IRIGF) — the land arm of Iran’s national armed forces, …

  • 17 August

    Iran parliament edges towards softening drug laws to curb executions

    Iran’s parliament has taken a tentative step towards reducing the use of the death penalty for drug trafficking offences, Iranian media reported, a change which could save the lives of up to 5,000 mostly young convicts on death row. Western human rights groups often criticise Iran for its high number …

  • 15 August

    U.S. Envoy Says Iran Cannot ‘Hold World Hostage’ With Nuclear Deal

     U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday Iran must be held responsible for “its missile launches, support for terrorism, disregard for human rights, and violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions.” Haley was responding to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who said earlier on Tuesday that Iran could …

  • 15 August

    In Iran, Islamic State seeks to fan militancy among minorities

    Islamic State is seeking to radicalize disaffected ethnic minorities in majority Shi’ite Iran to encourage attacks intended to avenge Tehran’s offensive against the group across the Middle East. Sunni Islamic State, in decline in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for an unprecedented attack on June 7 in which suicide bombers …

  • 15 August

    Iran says its drones near U.S. vessels are safe, following rules

    Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected U.S. criticism that it flew a drone unsafely near a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf and it defended its right to carry out air patrol missions in the area. On Monday the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command said that an Iranian …

July, 2017

  • 15 July

    Election and Coup Plotters: An Interview with Mohsen Sazegara

    Nazenin Ansari (Kayhan London) Mohsen Sazegara is one of the original members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). He held a number of senior posts in the government of Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi in the 1980s. Sazegara registered to run in the 2001 presidential election, but was disqualified …