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October, 2016

  • 20 October

    Iran’s latest strategy to mock U.S. politics? Broadcast presidential debates and ‘House of Cards

    Watching Iranian television these days has a bit of a Washington flavor. There’s the presidential debates, for instance, as well as the popular political series “House of Cards.” The reason for the spotlight on politics, real and imagined? It’s Tehran’s latest swipe to point out corruption in the United States …

  • 19 October

    Congressional Republicans want to talk Tehran, not Trump

    Republican U.S. congressional candidates worried that Donald Trump’s struggling White House bid will damage them too have seized on one of President Barack Obama’s signature foreignpolicy initiatives to try to ward off Democrats in the Nov 8 elections. With control of the Senate and perhaps even the House of Representatives …

  • 14 October

    Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project

    A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its “national information network” (NIN), many questions still surround Iran’s domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet. In this article, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran discusses ten critical questions about NIN, the country’s most expensive internet-related …

  • 14 October

    New radar system defends Iranian airspace

      Michael Rubin (AEI) With regard to operational requirements, the Iranian military sees their future needs as the ability to conduct urban warfare and close quarters fighting on land. While Iran embraces an asymmetric strategy both on land and at sea, defense of its airspace has always been a weak spot. …

  • 12 October


    Why do some countries succeed in holding free, fair and open elections that advance the struggle for democracy while in other countries electoral processes are manipulated in ways that prop up authoritarian regimes? Democracy enables popular self- governances based on the holding of free, fair and inclusive elections in which …

  • 7 October


    Farzin Nadimi (Washington Institute) Every year at the end of summer, the Islamic Republic highlights the sacrifices and (often questionable) choices it made during the protracted conflict with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in the 1980s. In commemorating the end of that war, political and military leaders also put the spotlight on …

  • 7 October

    U.N. rights envoy urges Iran to free three dual nationals

    The United Nations human rights investigator for Iran called on Friday for the immediate release of three Iranians with dual nationality whose health is a matter of concern. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, in particular highlighted the case of the Iranian-British aid …

  • 4 October

    Iran oil exports hit pre-sanctions high on run-up in condensate shipments

    Iran’s total crude oil and condensate sales likely reached around 2.8 million barrels per day in September, two sources with knowledge of the matter said, nearly matching a 2011 peak in shipments before sanctions were imposed on the OPEC producer. The run-up from shipments of around 2.5 million bpd in …

  • 3 October

    Jason Rezaian and his family file federal lawsuit against Iranian government

    Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his family filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the Iranian government, claiming he was taken hostage and psychologically tortured during his 18 months in prison in an effort by Tehran to influence negotiations for a nuclear agreement with Iran. The suit, filed in U.S. …

  • 3 October

    Celebrated abroad, Oscar-winning Iranian director comes under fire at home

    Speculation surrounding which film would represent Iran at the 2017 Academy Awards finally came to an end in mid-September with the selection of “The Salesman” by Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi. The movie was chosen by a committee of the Farabi Cinema Foundation, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture …