In an open letterto the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, nine prominent reformist figures have asked for his immediate action to end "the misunderstandings left over from the 2009 elections." The letter emphasizes the importance ofShow More Summary
"Capital punishment itself is a form of premeditated murder," Ramin Jahanbegloo tells us in today's podcast. Today we discuss a culture of violence that’s become deeply entrenched in Iranian society. State violence in the form of inhumane...Show More Summary
Iranian state television has shown images of several men they claim have been in contact with and funded by "espionage networks," charged with "offering reporter training seminars in Turkey and Malaysia," "internet activities aimingShow More Summary
Iran's Cyber Police is actively monitoring Iranians' activity on the internet, Colonel Massoud Zahedian, Commander of the Morality Police, told ISNA today. "The Police are present on the Internet and are monitoring environments such as Facebook, Instagram, WeChat, etc.," he said.
A Tehran court has closed the case against the interrogator accused of murdering blogger Sattar Beheshti, determining it was not murder but rather "quasi-murder." Gohar Eshghi, Beheshti's mother, told the International Campaign for Human...Show More Summary
ISIS has employed a governance strategy in Raqqa that is focused on solidifying its rule through intimidation, creating an economy of dependence. Although ISIS may be focused on consolidating its rule locally and expanding its sway within Syria and Iraq for the time being, attacking the West remains a long term strategic objective. Show More Summary
Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology told a group of reporters today that his Ministry is not interested in continuing the extreme controls the Iranian government has exercised over the past eight years, but rather wishes to see a more relaxed approach to internet access for the citizens.
Six Kurdish Sunni prisoners on death rowat Ghezel Hessar Prison in Karaj have been on a hunger strike since Monday, November 4, a human rights activist told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Molaei,...Show More Summary
In today's podcast, Persis Karim talks about the literature of the Iranian diaspora and the creative restrictions on writers within Iran.
Iran's Morality Police have arrested popular rapper Amir Tataloo. Colonel Massoud Zahedian, Chief of the Morality Police, told ISNA that his unit is actively identifying and confronting Iranian underground musicians who produce their work inside Iran and distribute it on television satellite channels abroad. Show More Summary
In a direct warning to cabinet officials in the Rouhani administration who openly use Facebook and other social media sites that are officially forbidden to the Iranian citizenry, Iran's Police Commander Esmaeel Ahmadi Moghaddam criticized...Show More Summary
IMPRESSIVE SYRIA STUDIES BY FABRICE BALANCHE Reviewed by Nikolaos van Dam Fabrice Balanche is a well-known French scholar who wrote a lot about Syria, mostly in French. His best-known books are La région alaouite et le pouvoir syrien...Show More Summary
Congratulations Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Dubai’s winning the bid to host EXPO 2020 Congratulations to Rulers of UAE,
According to a Kerman Province Judiciary statement, the Prosecutor for the General and Revolutionary Courts of Rafsanjan has said that eight individuals have been arrested for publishing "blasphemous content in cyberspace."
Fifteen years after the chain murders of Iran, which began with the killings of Dariush and Parvaneh Forouhar, their daughter Parastou Forouhar hoped to hold a memorial ceremony at her house in Tehran this week. The Iranian authorities, however, prevented people from entering her home, even blocking the street.
Londoners: this is happening on Wednesday night, an Intelligence Squared debate with Save the children: How should the world protect Syria’s children? The panel includes: Mikhail Kasyanov, former Russian Prime Minister; Justin Forsyth,...Show More Summary
In a November 18 interview with semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), Iran's Police Commander Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam shared unprecedented insights into several different human rights issues that over the past few years have faced the Iranian authorities, and specifically the Iranian police.
Mr. Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, has produced a YouTube video in which he asks all countries, particularly his negotiating partners in Geneva, to trust the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. To the extent that this appeal...Show More Summary
In the week between November 8 and November 15, Iranian police killed two Kurdish citizens in the border region areas of Nosood in Kermanshah Province and Baneh in Kurdistan Province, allegedly as part of an effort to fight the smuggling of goods. Show More Summary