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Iran’s morality police crack down on coffee shops

Popular hangout for Tehrani intellectuals closes after refusing to install surveillance cameras to monitor customersAs the June presidential election in Iran draws near, authorities have stepped up political surveillance by ordering coffee shop owners to install cameras on their premises and turn over the recordings on demand. ... Full story


With all candidates to be vetted by authorities and an opposition boycott on the cards, one of the most important battles in the upcoming Iranian presidential election is likely to be about turnout. ... Full story

Iran to sue Hollywood over a series of films, including the Oscar-winning ArgoTehran hires French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre to bring case over Hollywood ‘distorting image’ of Islamic republic

Iran has hired a controversial French lawyer to file a lawsuit against Hollywood over a series of films, including Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo, that have allegedly portrayed the Islamic republic in a distorted and unrealistic manner. ... Full story

Gaza and the Israeli-Hamas Conflict as Seen from Iran

"It is not possible to drive away Israelis from there and not possible to tell Palestinians that they can't have a homeland."   By Ali ShahrokhiThe recent ... Full story

In an Election Year, Iranian Brothers Could Expand Power

In a year when Iran will elect a new president and could face make-or-break decisions about its nuclear program, the country’s most prominent political family appears ... Full story

2013Looking Rough for Iran

For Iran, 2013 could be one of the most challenging years--both at home and in relations with the outside world-- since the 1979 revolution. The ... Full story

Iranians Appear to Favor US Nuclear Talks, But Doubt They'll Happen

In the wake of President Obama's re-election, Iran has been signaling its readiness for direct talks with the United States over Iran's nuclear program. A ... Full story

Understanding the Rial’s FreefallIran’s economy is not on the verge of collapse

The sharp drop in the value of the rial in the last two weeks has created much excitement in Iran and abroad, but mostly for ... Full story

Iran's Muted Rentrée

As the Tehran autumn begins, dusk descends by seven and the evenings take on a melancholy air. Though the cooler temperatures are a relieving change, ... Full story

Former CIA Spy Advocates Overthrow of Iranian Regime

Reza Kahlili, living in the shadows with a fake name and disguise, worked from inside the Revolutionary Guard. He warns of terrorist sleeper cells in ... Full story

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