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Khamenei’s track record of knocking back presidential candidates

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting in Tehran, Iran Dec 16, 2020. (REUTERS) By Ehsan Mehrabi April 15, 2021 Yasser Khomeini, the grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic, recently told Jamaran website that his brother, Seyed Hassan Khomeini, withdrew his candidacy from the presidential election after a [...]

By |April 15th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran’s powerful Guard faces scrutiny after attacks

IRGC members march during a parade in Tehran, on September 22, 2011. (Reuters) By Jon Gambrell April 14, 2021 The recent sabotage at Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facility is just the latest setback for the country’s Revolutionary Guard, though the paramilitary force is rarely publicly criticized due to its power. But with some [...]

By |April 14th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Zarif’s ‘final game plan’

Iranian FM Javad Zarif attends the 72nd UN General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, Sept 20, 2017. (REUTERS) April 13, 2021 Talks held over the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), ended on Friday in Vienna without direct diplomacy between the United States [...]

By |April 13th, 2021|Europe, North America, Opinions On Iran, USA|

Iran’s local government stitch-up, and how to resolve it

Candidates for Iranian local council elections are vetted in advance.. (AFP) By Hannah Somerville April 10, 2021 On February 26, 1999, millions of Iranians made their way to polling stations across the country to vote in the Islamic Republic’s first-ever local council elections. Some 600,000 candidates stood for 200,000 seats, across 25,000 villages [...]

By |April 10th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iranians at home, in diaspora see growing need for referendum but disagree on details

Iranian Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini observes a March 30-31, 1979, referendum on approving his call for Iran to become an 'Islamic republic.' (Mehr) By Siamak Dehghanpour April 3, 2021 As Iran marks the 42nd anniversary of a referendum that helped to solidify its 1979 Islamic Revolution, there is growing talk inside and outside [...]

By |April 3rd, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Khamenei and Rafsanjani: A friendship that turned sour

Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei (R) speaks with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during a meeting in Tehran, undated. (AFP) By Ehsan Mehrabi April 3, 2021 The rental home that Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Ali Khamenei shared before the Islamic Revolution was located in an old neighborhood in south Tehran, on Nayeb es-Saltaneh [...]

By |April 3rd, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Iran’s human rights abuses on the increase

Protesters demonstrate outside the Iranian embassy in London on September 12, 2020 against the execution of Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari. (AFP) By Majid Rafizadeh March 29, 2021 Human rights violations by the Iranian regime and its militia groups across the Middle East are becoming much more egregious and appalling, with Iran’s leaders and [...]

By |March 29th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Why can’t civil society groups function in Iran?

The Imam Ali Charity Association was one of the most reputable civil society institutions in Iran. After years of looking after the rights of children, it was dissolved. (Supplied) By Behnam Gholipour March 27, 2021 When the Imam Ali Charity was dissolved by order of the judiciary, it left a hole in Iranian [...]

By |March 27th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|

Hard-liners fight for Iran’s presidency and foreign policy

hard-liners have focused on the contentious issue of negotiations with the United States over the JCPOA. (AFP) By Daniel Brumberg March 23, 2021 Former US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who during the Obama Administration played a pivotal role in negotiating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, recently asserted in an interview with CNBC that “there are [...]

By |March 23rd, 2021|North America, Opinions On Iran, USA|

Iranians enter a new century poorer and less hopeful for the future

Food aid packages placed at Khomeini’s luxurious shrine to show the establishment cares for people in need, May 12, 2020. (ISNA) By Ali Ranjipour March 20, 2021 The Persian calendar year 1400 begins on Sunday, March 21. It also marks 15 years since the Supreme Leader unveiled a 20-year strategy that would, supposedly, [...]

By |March 20th, 2021|Iran, Opinions On Iran|