The Charismatic Leadership of Iran’s Revolution

by Gareth Smyth The mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini just south of Tehran has a vast outside area for rallies on notable days, but inside the atmosphere is more one of reverence, with people quietly praying. Likewise, the house in… Continue Reading  

Trump: Encourage Saudi-Iranian Dialogue to Stop War in Middle East

by Henry Johnson As Donald Trump prepares to take office as U.S. president, he’ll inherit a set of conflicts in the Middle East more intractable and destructive than at any other point in recent history. The very territorial integrity of… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Rouhani Needs a Nuclear Resolution

by Jasmin Ramsey via IPS News After 34 years of enmity, Tehran and Washington are heavily invested in the success of a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme achieved through teamwork. Now the political future of Iran’s new moderate president, Hassan… Continue Reading  

Missing Ahmadinejad and Savaging “the Charm Offensive”

by Marsha B. Cohen The ubiquitous smiling visage of Hassan Rouhani and his seemingly reasonable iterations of Iranian intentions are infuriating some Israelis. Zvi Bar’el of Haaretz explains that “Israel’s fear of losing its justification for an attack on Iran and… Continue Reading  

Iran and the Taliban

Last week 2 U.S. media outlets aired the unsubstantiated claim that Iran was responsible for downing a helicopter in Afghanistan which killed 30 U.S. military personnel. This type of baseless fear-mongering is nothing new. Right-wing pundits and media commentators have… Continue Reading