Tehran 2019: City On Edge, Iranians In Anticipation

Monday, June 17, 2019

Fariba Amini. May this year was a very pleasant time in Tehran when it comes to the weather. The abundant rain had cleared the pollution for a while,…

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U.S. Rushes to Blame Iran for Tanker Attacks as Much of World Pushes for Diplomacy

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Vijay Prashad. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran are again ratcheting up as the Trump administration accused Iran of orchestrating an attack Thursday on Japanese and Norwegian oil…

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Yemen: Why the Houthi drone strikes targeted Saudi oil facilities

Monday, June 10, 2019

Samuel Ramani. On May 14, Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen launched multiple drone strikes against Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. These drone strikes targeted a major oil pipeline located…

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Arms Manufacturers Tell Investors That Iran Tension Fuels Business

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Lee Fang. Defense executives from around the country crowded into Goldman Sachs’ glimmering tower in downtown Manhattan in mid-May, eager to present before a conference of bankers and financial analysts….

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9 Easy Propaganda steps to War with Iran

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Juan Cole. The Trump administration is now in full disinformation mode, using all the classical techniques of propaganda to put the gullible US public on a war footing…

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Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Melvin Goodman. Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump’s personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous.  President…

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Threat of war in the Middle East is real

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Yassamine Mather. A common question journalists ask these days – if they are not asking about Brexit – is ‘Will there be a war against Iran?’ and, if…

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Three poems by Forugh Farrokhzad, a woman alone

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

English Translations of selected Poems and Poetry of the great Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad فروغ فرخزاد Forugh, one of the most famous Persian Women poets died in a…

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Will Iran Be Forced To Close the Strait Of Hormuz? Between A Rock And A Hard Place

Monday, May 6, 2019

Vincent Lofazo. With the United States strangling Iran’s oil exports, Iran threatened to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes. On…

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Protesting Clerical Welfarism in Iran’s Pious City

Friday, April 26, 2019

Mehdi Farji. Located 125 kilometers south of Tehran, Qom is a holy city known for its many seminaries and the thousands of clerics and seminarians who live and…

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The Iran Floods and US Sanctions: 10 Million at Risk, But Does Anyone Care?

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jan Oberg. You have certainly not heard much about this in the West. And it didn’t get a fraction of the media attention (and none of the hundreds of millions…

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Vartan: a poem of resistance by Ahmad Shamlou

Friday, April 12, 2019

“Vartan didn’t Say a Word” is a political poem by Ahmad Shamlou that underwent censorship because of being addressed to a political prisoner who was tortured to death…

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At least 62 people killed in Iran floods as US accused of blocking aid

Friday, April 5, 2019

Emma Graham-Harrison. The death toll from two weeks of flooding in Iran has risen to 62 as frustration mounts inside the country at the government’s handling of the…

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Why Israel is quietly cosying up to Gulf monarchies

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ian Black. The meeting publicly showcased the remarkable fact that Israel, as Netanyahu was so keen to advertise, is winning acceptance of a sort from the wealthiest countries…

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Why artists are speaking up against ‘dirty money’ in Iranian cinema?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Rohollah Faghihi. The phenomenon of “dirty” or suspicious money appears to have increasingly found a new haven: Iran’s cinema and TV production industry. In 2015, Interior Minister Abdolreza…

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Iran: Women’s right and the class struggle

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Friday March 8 is International Women’s Day, which this year coincides with the 40th anniversary of the first major protest by Iranian women against the Islamic…

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Iran’s ecologists imprisoned as water shortage threatens the country

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Maya Margit. Amid worsening diplomatic and economic isolation, Iran is continuing its crackdown on perceived dissidents. Among the targets: environmental scientists. A recent Amnesty International report claimed the…

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Iranian Revolution: 40 years of inequality

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the February 1979 uprising in Iran has been marked by dozens of scholarly seminars in Europe, numerous documentaries produced by…

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Poems: Lanat Abad / The Place of the Damned & [Persian Letters]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Two poems by Solmaz Sharif Lanat Abad / The Place of the Damned By Solmaz Sharif this mangy plot where by nowonly mothers still come, only mothers guard…

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Untangling The Web Of The Saudi-Israeli-US Propaganda War On Iran

Monday, February 11, 2019

Behnam Gharagozli. Shortly after the horrific attacks on 9/11, it was discovered that there was an American plan to dismantle the regimes of seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon,…

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Will Iran Sanctions Herald the Fall of the Imperial Dollar?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Nicolas J.S. Davies and Medea Benjamin A shorter version of this article was originally published by The Hill. When the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran…

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Edging Toward War With Iran?

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Conn Hallinan. Keeping track of the Trump administration’s foreign policy is like trying to track a cat on a hot tin roof: We’re pulling out of Syria (not…

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Iran’s looming Instagram ban shows hardliner disconnect

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Kourosh Ziabari. Instagram, widely used in Iran among small business owners, students, influencers and even senior officials, is the latest social media application to come under scrutiny and…

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The Attack on Iran that Wasn’t

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Shemuel Meir The title of Ehud Barak’s recently published autobiography My Country, My Life declares that it is a book not just about Barak’s life, but also a…

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Iran: workers’ strikes and State Department crocodile tears

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Yassamine Mather. Iranian workers have been staging large protests since early November in two major industrial complexes: the Haft Tapeh sugar plant and the Foulad steel factory in…

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What Is Behind Iran’s New Wave Of Civil Resistance?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mina Yousefi. For a little over a year, Iran has witnessed a new wave of civil resistance, which had been brewing in various towns and cities around the…

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Tehran’s little secret: Cafe where disability is no barrier to talent – and serving tea

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sahar Esfandiari. TAs Mehdi Khakyan’s hands move skilfully across the piano keys, the soft chatter in the room subsides to hone in on the melody of a well-loved…

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Iran’s Policy In Post-US Syria Is To Block Kurdish Left

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Maysam Behravesh. US President Donald Trump’s abrupt announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria caught many people off guard, including his own administration officials. It…

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Saudi Crown Prince MbS Tries to Restart the Lebanese War

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Paul R Pillar. The record of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) as de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia has included a trail of regional destabilization. Foremost on…

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Will India Help Iran Avert Sanctions-Related Medical Crisis?

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Aveek Sen, Mojtaba Mousavi, and Udayan Tandan. Zeinab, the mother of a four-year-old girl suffering from blood cancer, says that “Mina has been under medication for nearly five…

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