Iran Poised for Another Raucous Election

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by Farideh Farhi December 25 marked the last day of registration for the February 26 joint elections in Iran for the parliament and the Assembly of Experts. Like the deadline for the Assembly of Experts registration two days earlier, the… Continue Reading  

Parliamentary Drama in Tehran

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by Farideh Farhi This week has been one of high drama at Iran’s Parliament (Majles). After the Tuesday passage of a bill giving the government permission to “voluntarily implement” the recent nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—based on guidelines… Continue Reading  

Whatever Happened to the Iranian Parliament’s JCPOA’s Review?

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by Farideh Farhi Earlier this week Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appointed Abbas Araghchi, the deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs and chief nuclear negotiator, to oversee the implementation phase of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).… Continue Reading  

When the New York Times Becomes a Shill for Iran’s Hardline Press

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by Farideh Farhi The headline in The New York Times Story on Iran on August 31 was succinct. It stated: “Iranian State Media Reports Arrest of Reformist Politician.” Although the headline later changed to “Reformist Politician Is Said to be Held,”… Continue Reading  

The Nuclear Deal and Expunging Iran’s Historical Ghosts

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by Farideh Farhi Yesterday’s historic agreement between Iran and the world powers over Iran’s nuclear program will be hailed (or trashed) for many reasons. Much will be debated—the deal’s impact on the future of the Middle East, the potential re-direction… Continue Reading