Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Seyed Hossein Mousavian says Iran's politics share the divisive, self-defeating nature of Washington's

3 words explain Iran’s complex politics: Just like US


Iranian nuclear expert says Tehran has its own version of infighting, of Republicans and Democrats. The stakes are not just nuclear agreements. They involve firings, arrests, public disgrace.

People wear green bands in support of the Iranian opposition movement during the funeral of dissident Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri in the holy city of Qom on December 21, 2009.

Five years later, Iran’s protest movement still casts a shadow over its politics

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US President Barack Obama talks with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani during a phone call in the Oval Office September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House

In 2013, the presidents of Iran and the US spoke on the phone for the first time in 34 years

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

This Iranian artist welcomes the kinder, gentler edge to Tehran’s diplomacy

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Iran's President Hasan Rouhani addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2013.

Leaders try to put a little heat in frigid US-Iranian relations

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Did he or didn’t he accept the Holocaust? You decide

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Some say Iran’s president took a very symbolic step toward accepting the reality of the holocaust in an interview with CNN. Holocaust researcher Deborah Lipstadt doubts it.

A New Chapter for Iran & the United States?

Has there been a reset in the U.S.-Iran relationship? Yesterday’s inauguration of the newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani was a chance to assure Iranian and U.S. leaders that an opportunity for real change exists now. Rouhani may have signaled both yesterday in a speech that at the very least marks a radical step away from the […]

Comedian Maz Jobrani Explains Mocking Chant Saying Goodbye to Ahmadinejad

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The eight-year, two-term presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is over. Many Iranians–both in Iran and around the globe–celebrated with a distinct chant.

Iranian President-elect a moderate, with unknown ability to reform

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An overwhelming majority chose Hassan Rowhani as the country’s next president, leading some to wonder of Rohani’s moderate background will lead to reforms in the isolated country. But Rowhani’s power and ability to reform may be limited, with the country’s Ayatollah retaining the true power.

Iranian American dismayed to learn State Department no longer wants his services

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Amir Mohammed Estakhri has spent nearly a dozen year working with the State Department as an Iranian-language translator. But, recently, he’s learned his services are no longer needed — and he thinks it may be because he translated for Iranian officials in the U.S. as well.