Monday, November 25, 2013

Responding to the Rouhani Administration’s Executions of Ethnic Minority Prisoners

With the latest nuclear agreement between the Iranian government and six world powers, which reduces the threat of foreign military intervention and lightens severe sanctions, Iranians can now focus on their country’s internal problems. At the same time, the Rouhani administration’s latest executions of ethnic minority prisoners reveal that the regime wishes to stir up hatred against national minorities to deflect attention from Iran’s deep class, gender and ethnic inequities.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Iranian Intellectuals Break Taboos Concerning Bahais, Israel

Mohammad Nourizad and Mohsen Makhmalbaf are both filmmakers. Both were active supporters of the Iranian regime but later turned against the regime and became ardent advocates of human rights. Now they have openly broken with another feature of their past: prejudice against religious minorities.

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Analyses of 2013 Iranian Presidential Election

Persian and English-language analyses which have attempted to comprehend these events have ranged from a dismissal of the election process as a completely engineered one to uncritical support for the election results. Among the many analyses which I have read, I have found the Persian-language analyses by Mohammad Nourizad and Mohammad Reza Nikfar to be the most thoughtful.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Whither the Iranian Democratic Opposition?

As we approach the June 2013 Iranian presidential election, the real frontrunners of the 2009 election, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi as well as Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard -- all of whom came to be known as the leaders of the reformist Green movement-- continue to languish under house arrest. Many young activists, feminists, and ethnic activists who participated in protests against election fraud in 2009 or any activities deemed “seditious” by the regime are also in prison.

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