Iran’s Hardliners: Weaker But Louder

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by Ali Reza Eshraghi News media accounts of reactions from Iran to the recent talks in Geneva remind me of a joke that has gone viral there: A salesman shows a variety of hearing aids ranging in cost from one to… Continue Reading  

US State Department Official Interviewed in Iran Daily

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by Shawn Amoei In the latest sign of increasing press freedom and Iranian receptivity towards a thaw in relations with the United States, one of Iran’s leading dailies published on Monday an interview with the State Department’s Persian-language spokesman, Alan Eyre. With his… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Resurrects My Uncle Napoleon

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by Farideh Farhi As most observers and students of Iranian politics know, paranoia about behind-the-scenes British machinations and interference has a special place in Iranian politics and the Iranian psyche. Dinner conversations about any world event, even in family settings,… Continue Reading