Protests in Iran Are an Extension of the Islamic Republic’s Founding Ethos

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by Shervin Malekzadeh Protests are on in Iran. As usual bad faith analysts and pop-up “experts” are eager to explain why the Islamic Republic is once again on its last legs and how the demise of the ayatollahs is imminent, all… Continue Reading  

Trump, the American Ahmadinejad: Worse Than Expected

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by Shervin Malekzadeh Twelve years ago, what now seems like a lifetime ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York City to deliver his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. Ahmadinejad’s decisive and surprising election a month… Continue Reading  

Learning to Lose in Iran

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by Shervin Malekzadeh Win or lose, it has become obvious that the fortunes of Hassan Rouhani and his administration remain bound to the memory of 2009 and the Green Movement. Calls for the release of the movement’s imprisoned leaders by… Continue Reading  

The Virtues of Voting in Iran

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by Shervin Malekzadeh Nearly 40 million Iranians will vote for president on May 19. Yet, many outside observers will interpret this participation as a mobilization of bad faith, an “as if” politics in which the authorities pretend to provide competitive… Continue Reading  

Trump: The American Ahmadinejad?

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by Shervin Malekzadeh [Given the outcome of the US presidential election, LobeLog is republishing this commentary from February] Western coverage of Iran has long relied on the convention of describing important public personalities as the Persian version of their American… Continue Reading