Has Iran’s Internet Policy Changed With Rouhani?

by Ali Reza Eshraghi “Restrictions on social media must be lifted,” said Ali Jannati, Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance to Aljazeera this Monday, admitting that he has been using Facebook for the past three years. His words are… Continue Reading  

Pieces Of The Real Iran

by Jasmin Ramsey Al-Monitor offers a refreshing article on one of Iran’s worst-kept secrets: Although satellites are contraband, somehow many people manage to own one. It’s estimated that 50-70% of households in Tehran have satellite dishes to broadcast their favorite news, music and movie channels.… Continue Reading  

Humanizing Enemies: Iran’s Post-Religious Intellectual Discourse

by Jahandad Memarian In Iran, intellectual discourse is moving in a new direction. Mostafa Malekian, one of the highest-celebrated intellectuals in the country, is slowly gaining a following tantamount to Abdol Karim Soroush, often described as the “Martin Luther of… Continue Reading