Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran unrest: Will it happen again?

A combination of complex social, political and economic factors will most likely lead to more unrest in the future


A long simmering factor in Iran protests: climate change

In the mountains of western Iran, the province of Chaharmahal Bakhtiari is known for mile-high lagoons, flowing rivers and wetlands that attract thousands of species of migratory birds.<p>But years of diminishing rainfall have shriveled water sources. Conditions worsened, residents say, after Iranian …


Rouhani’s budget transparency stokes Iran unrest

When President Hassan Rouhani unveiled this year’s budget his intention was to shine a spotlight on state funding for institutions under the …


Confrontation between Rouhani, hard-line clerics heats up

Hard-line clerics rail against Iran’s moderate president over his remarks in favor of freedom of speech.


Iran protests mean economic dilemma

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani may have to step back from some of his core economic policies in the face of nationwide protests by tens of thousands …


Iran's Reformists rack up political points while smog smothers Tehran

Tehran's air pollution crisis is worsening as the Reformists who now control both the city's administration and the presidency do little to solve it.


Commentary: Why the U.S. should support Iran protesters

In recent weeks, Iran has again been in the throes of an uprising. Signs of the regime change America had long hoped to see are on the horizon. In the unlikeliest cities — once the strongholds of the conservatives — Iranians have taken to the streets, demanding, not just reform, but a referendum.<p>A …


Iran's elites are much more vulnerable than they think

• <b>Anti-government Iranian protests prove that Iran's leadership may be more fractured than people think.</b>• <b><br>The protests started in the religious city of Mashhad and spread to over 70 cities, towns, and villages throughout the country, beginning late last month.</b>• <b><br>Hard-liners and reformists are at odds over</b> …


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This Time, the Iron Fist Wasn't Iran's Only Protest Response

Plenty of force was on display as Iran’s authorities stamped out protests over the past two weeks. Something more unexpected emerged as well: a …


Tehran: Party politics

As Iran faces the largest protests the country has seen since the 2009 presidential election, GQ recalls the time we gate-crashed Tehran's …


Where’s the latest Iranian ‘revolution’ headed?

The protests of the past two weeks are significant.<p>A WOMAN chants slogans during a protest against the visit of Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad …


Five myths about Iran

For the past four decades, the United States and Iran have demonized each other to no end. According to Tehran, America is “the Great Satan” whose imperialist designs have destabilized the Middle East and brought nothing but misery to the people of the region. Washington, meanwhile, depicts Iran as …


How Jack Dorsey Can Save the World from a Trump Apocalypse

No one is equipped to decide the fate of the free world in 280 characters or less, and Twitter’s founders almost certainly never wanted to have the responsibility of brokering these conversations. But it’s hard to see how we can avoid catastrophe if the company doesn’t somehow find a way to manage …

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Why the Iranian regime should fear youthful revolt

Across the Middle East the lack of jobs, particularly for the under-thirties, is creating a rage that always simmers and sometimes boils.<p>I once …


Trump Iran decision due as allies plea for nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was expected to decide on Thursday whether to extend sanctions relief to Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal as major European allies implored Washington to preserve the landmark arms control pact.<p>Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein told …


Decision on Iran sanctions expected Thursday

The Trump administration is expected to make a decision on Thursday on whether to continue sanctions relief for Iran as part of a 2015 deal to curb …


AP sources: Trump to extend sanctions relief for Iran

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is expected this week to extend relief from economic sanctions to Iran as part of the nuclear deal, citing progress in amending U.S. legislation that governs Washington's participation in the landmark accord, according to U.S. officials and others familiar with …


The Spark Behind Iran's Unrest: Millions of Defrauded Investors

The call to protest came through a group channel on the smartphone app Telegram. Younes, a 42-year-old accountant at a saffron-importing company, like most of the group’s thousand or so members, had lost his savings when a financial firm promising huge returns went bankrupt amid bad investments and …

World News

Iran's Regime at War With Itself

Public agitation in Iran has many wondering about the fate of the almost 40-year Islamic republic. As evident from the way in which the latest wave …


Iranian regime’s history of violent crackdowns against dissent

At the start of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the people of Iran looked upon Ayatollah Khomeini as their saviour, someone who would free them from the …


Iran's aid to militant groups not going anywhere despite protests

Although groups funded by Iran throughout the region have refrained from expressing a stance on Iran’s protests, it's believed that Iran is unlikely …

Middle East

Why is Iran arresting its protesting youths?

Authorities in Iran are rounding up protesters — and nearly all of them are young adults with degrees. Of all the facts and figures trickling out of the country this past week, one number stood out: According to Iran’s Interior Ministry, more than 90 percent of those detained so far have an average …

U.S. Politics

What the Iran Protests Were Not

Until and unless the urban middle classes and the poor join in common cause—as they did in 1979—there will be no revolution.<p>Recent protests in numerous Iranian cities and towns caught the world by surprise, and embarrassed Iran’s government and ruling political establishment. But the expectation …


The protests from around the world that defined 2017

Considering that 2017 began with the question, “is it okay to punch a Nazi?”, it should have been no surprise that last year saw unprecedented social …

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Why Iran's supreme leader just threatened America

On Monday, Iran's supreme leader offered an unusually specific threat to the United States.<p>Responding to what he described as U.S. meddling in recent …


Donald Trump’s ‘flip-flopping is going to push Iran towards China’

US President Donald Trump’s tougher stance on Iran could push Tehran closer to Beijing, which will defend the Iran nuclear deal whether or not Trump …


Iran’s Water Crisis

Photo by Nick Taylor | CC BY 2.0On January 2nd, an <i>New York Times</i> article about the protests in Iran included a couple of paragraphs that caught my …


Exiled Iranian royal sees chance to end the Islamic Republic

WASHINGTON – Reza Pahlavi concentrates intently on the little cellphone in his hand, scrolling through clips of chanting Iranians and explaining why the protests unsettling his homeland are different this time. Even as the latest reports suggest the unrest may be ebbing, the scion of Persia's …


Despite Trump Tweet Storm, Mattis and McMaster Calling Shots in Iran Crisis

Few saw it coming.<p>On December 28, protests erupted in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city, as thousands took to the streets to complain about the …