Within the basement of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, sealed away from public view the majority of the time, there lies a collection of images bearing silent testimony to a world now long passed. The scenes show men dancing to music, women wearing fashionable clothing sitting in university lectures, stylish young couples enjoying what […]Continue Reading →
World leaders beyond the EU began the process of Friday of adjusting their relationship with the UK in the wake of the vote to leave, in reaction that ranged from trepidation to barely disguised glee in Moscow and Tehran.
A top military official in the Iranian capital predicted that Scotland and Ireland would soon be […]Continue Reading →
In Iran, it’s always Groundhog Day: The U.S. should learn its lesson rather than repeatedly supporting reformers who aren’t
BY ALI SAFAVI
The definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Welcome to U.S. foreign policy towards Iran. The endless repetition of failed policy choices with […]Continue Reading →
In the parliamentary elections in Iran Friday, reformers and moderate allies who support President Hassan Rohani sharply higher against the Conservatives. What will be the consequences on the domestic front?
Denis Bauchard: election results as that of the Experts Assembly is a clear victory for President Rohani. The advance of the reformist camp who […]
Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, works in an almost empty room. He’s seated in a humble leather chair. In the back, behind the curtains which remain closed most of the time, a window overlooks some trees and administrative buildings that house the “office” of the Guardian: the most powerful government of […]Continue Reading →
Glorified religious sacrifice, a staple of the regime’s efforts to secure its citizens’ support, is giving way to an updated appeal to Iran’s youth.
TEHRAN, IRAN — Wearing a white suit in a dark, cavernous room, the bearded singer walks past row after row of flag-draped coffins representing martyrs of the Iran-Iraq War.
“With a drop […]Continue Reading →
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been authorized to run for the Assembly of Experts, a body charged with choosing the next leader. Bridging reformists and conservatives, the former president has emerged as a central figure in the new ‘moderate’ camp
As Iran prepares for elections on 26 February for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, the […]Continue Reading →
Siamak Namazi, imprisoned since October, appears to be the latest pawn in post-nuclear deal power game.
As champagne corks popped for several Americans freed in a dramatic prisoner exchange with Iran last month, another U.S. citizen didn’t get to enjoy the bubbly. He stayed behind in the same notorious Tehran prison from which the others […]Continue Reading →
Iran’s élite are at loggerheads. Situation normal, one might say, except that the in-fighting is becoming more vicious by the day, exacerbated by the forthcoming elections. As Iran prepares for the vote, the power struggle between the hardliners on the one hand, and the moderates and reformists – the pro-Rouhanis – on the other, is […]Continue Reading →