Grievance Against Governance in Iran

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by Ali Reza Eshraghi Now that the wave of recent protests that swept across Iran is over, let us be humble. There was much disagreement about the causes of the protests, but let us admit we were united in amazement:… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Vulnerable Energy Supply and the Protests

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by Sara Vakhshouri Unlike early 2017, when Iran’s energy industry started a year full of hope and prospects of potential growth, 2018 has started with different potential risks targeting its energy industry and production growth. Risks abound, particularly the prospect… Continue Reading  

Anger and Fear Grow about Fate of Detained Protesters in Iran

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by Sussan Tahmasebi According to reports by the Committee on the Rights of the Detained, a 22 year old held in the quarantine ward of Evin prison in Tehran died in detention. The committee, set up by human rights activists… Continue Reading  

Is Belarus on the Verge of Revolution?

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by Tatyana Ivanova After a short period of liberalization, the Belarus government has changed course, tightening the screws and escalating political repression. In the past few weeks in Belarus, the authorities have unjustifiably detained, fined, and arrested more than 300 people,… Continue Reading  

The Glimmers of a New Afghanistan?

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by Ann Jones I went to Kabul, Afghanistan, in March to see old friends.  By chance, I arrived the day after a woman had been beaten to death and burned by a mob of young men.  The world would soon… Continue Reading