Category: News & Analysis

Teachers, Environmental Activists Arrested Across Iran

Thousands of teachers, both active and retired, took to the streets in Tehran and several other Iranian cities May 10 to protest their paltry salaries and what they view as a lack of investment in education on the part of […]

Trump revives worries of war with Iran

Posted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan at The Guardian, 20:37: Ordinary Iranians were on tenterhooks, monitoring the developments closely, particularly any immediate impact on the country’s national currency, which hit an all-time low last month, prompting panic-buying of hard-to-find dollars amid […]

Netanyahu’s Performance Only Proves Exactly Why Iran Nuclear Deal Needs to Remain in Place

CounterPunch by PATRICK COCKBURN The trove of Iranian documents about its nuclear programme presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as proof of Tehran’s duplicity contain nothing of substance that was not known before. Though the disclosure was made in order to justify […]

“When God Sleeps”: An Iranian musician critiques his society

Till Schaudner’s new documentary When God Sleeps is a robust, thoughtful account of punk rocker Shahin Najafi’s struggle to have his music and ideas heard despite death threats from the Iranian government. Shahin grew up in a small northern Iranian town near […]

Iran nuclear deal ‘won’t outlast Trump’s first term’ in office

The Iranian nuclear deal has looked very fragile since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016 but, so far, the U.S. president has been persuaded to leave the agreement alone. That position is not likely to last much longer, […]

CODIR warns against the threat of a new war- The Untold Story of John Bolton’s Campaign for War With Iran

Everyone knows Bolton is a hawk. Less understood is how he labored in secret to drive Washington and Tehran apart. By GARETH PORTER • March 22, 2018 In my reporting on U.S.-Israeli policy, I have tracked numerous episodes in which the United States […]

Forced Confessions in Iran’s House of the Dead

By ERVAND ABRAHAMIANFEB. 22, 2018 “The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons,” Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote in “The House of the Dead,” his semi-autobiographical novel about inmates in a Siberian prison camp. Iran continues to […]

How the Mass Media Misread the Iranian Protests

JANUARY 24, 2018 by RAHMAN BOUZARI One of the largest social and political uprisings since the 1979 revolution in Iran has died down for now. However, due to the very lasting structures which ignited the first round of the protests, in […]

‘Free protesters and trade unionists,’ UNISON urges Iran

General secretary Dave Prentis writes to President Hassan Rouhani in wake of arrests following recent protests Dave Prentis has called on the Iranian government to release protesters and trade unionists following recent unrest in the country. The call came in […]

IRAN: BUDGET LEAKS, UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNREST

An interview with Dr. Saeed Rahnema on Unrest in Iran. Dr. Saeed Rahnema is a retired professor of political science and public policy, and the founding director of the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University.  Tweet