Category: News & Analysis

Iran elections: people stay away from polling stations

Likely outcome reflects popular opposition to the continuation of theocratic rule and increasingly frustration at collapsing living standards, corruption and the regime’s adventurous and ineffective foreign policy. Published official results of the Friday parliamentary elections in Iran indicate that only […]

Iran conservatives hope to harness popular anger to win elections

Hardliners aiming to take advantage of fury over corruption to take power and keep President Rouhani on a tight leash by Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor “They’ve been stealing the money. Cut off their hands, make them pay and answer,” shouted an elderly […]

Yes, Iranians can protest against both US intervention and their government – Reza H Akbari

Anti-regime unrest doesn’t mean everyone has suddenly switched sides. US officials’ simplistic view of Iran is dangerous Some argue that today’s protests are the “real Iran” and represent the authentic face of the country.’ Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Anadolu Agency via Getty […]

UNESCO Responds to Trump’s Threat To Destroy Iran Cultural Site

Published 7 January 2020 In October 2017, the U.S. announced its withdrawal from UNESCO, claiming it needed to be reformed and was dominated by an alleged anti-Israeli trend. UNESCO’s director-general Audrey Azoulay recalled U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday that […]

Ervand Abrahamian speech on the U.S. assassination of Iranian commander Major General Qassem Soleimani

Ervand Abrahamian is a historian of Middle Eastern and particularly Iranian history. Born in Tehran to Persian-Armenian parents and raised in England, he received his M.A. at Oxford University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He teaches at the City University of New York (CUNY) where he is Distinguished […]

Special Report: Iran’s leader ordered crackdown on unrest – ‘Do whatever it takes to end it’

(Reuters) – After days of protests across Iran last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared impatient. Gathering his top security and government officials together, he issued an order: Do whatever it takes to stop them. That order, confirmed by […]

Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters ‘eerily similar to South America’s Dirty War’

Iran’s Tudeh Party said the victims bared the hallmarks of having been extrajudicially executed MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019 THE brutal crackdown of anti-government protesters in Iran last month is eerily similar to South America’s “dirty war” of the 1970s and […]

Abolfazl Ghadiani: The Foremost and Ultimate Culprit for All Spilled Blood [in Iran] is Khamenei

Iran’s current tyrant does not want to give up his destructive and tension-building policies in the region, the world beyond, [or to take any step towards reducing tension]. This is because he is extremely fearful that if his foreign policy […]

Leaked Iran Cables: Key Findings From Secret Documents

Details from a trove of secret Iranian intelligence cables were published simultaneously by The Intercept and The New York Times on Monday. The leak exposed Iran’s vast influence in Iraq, detailing the painstaking efforts of Iranian spies to co-opt Iraqi […]

IRAN SHUTS DOWN INTERNET AMID PROTESTS, LEAVING COUNTRY ‘ISOLATED FROM THE WORLD’

Iran has implemented a near-total internet blackout amid nationwide protests against rising fuel prices. The shutdown began on Friday after demonstrations broke out in over 100 Iranian cities, with network connectivity currently below 4 per cent of normal levels. Internet watchdogs said the state-run […]