Iranian Human Rights Defenders Voice Support for Nuclear Talks

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by Jasmin Ramsey The talks in Vienna over Iran’s nuclear program will likely continue past the July 20 deadline for reaching a final deal. President Barack Obama noted “real progress” but hinted at an extension yesterday after being briefed by Secretary of State John… Continue Reading  

Arrest of “Happy” Iranians Highlights Rouhani’s Domestic Battles

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by Jasmin Ramsey* It was a perfect headline for the satirical online news site, “The Onion.” “Young Iranians Arrested for Being Too ‘Happy in Tehran’,” reads a May 20 New York Times blog title, with similar reports produced by news… Continue Reading  

The MEK’s Influence in EU Politics Matters

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by Eldar Mamedov In a sign of re-emerging ties between the European Union (EU) and Iran, Edgars Rinkevics, Latvia’s minister of foreign affairs, visited Tehran on April 24. The visit was significant because Latvia will hold the EU’s rotating presidency in the first… Continue Reading  

Iran Human Rights: President Rouhani, Listen to Your Public

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by Sussan Tahmasebi* While enjoying unprecedented successes in international relations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani seems to be suffering a stalemate when it comes to building trust and cooperation between different factions in the Iranian state. As a result, he seems plagued… Continue Reading  

Ashton’s Meeting in Tehran

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by Farideh Farhi Iranian news agencies are reporting that a “knowledgeable source” is suggesting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif cancelled his dinner meeting with EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton on the eve of nuclear talks in Vienna to protest… Continue Reading