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Opinion: Why is Rouhani coddling the military?

Opinion: Why is Rouhani coddling the military?

Even before they seized power in Tehran, Khomeini’s followers were known for their expertise in massaging the truth to suit their political aims. In anti-Shah demonstrations they would carry empty coffins around while women clad all in black would shriek, tear their...
Opinion: Rafsanjani’s Recipe for Reconciliation

Opinion: Rafsanjani’s Recipe for Reconciliation

For decades, relations between the United States and Iran have been marked by attempts to make a deal at the eleventh hour. This started in 1978, even before the mullahs seized power. Recent revelations show that leading Khomeinist figures, notably Ayatollah Muhammad...
Opinion: An outsider packs his bags

Opinion: An outsider packs his bags

By the time this appears in print, Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, will be packing his belongings to leave the “Presidential Palace” after eight years. Well, the phrase “Presidential Palace” may be an exaggeration. Located on the leafy Pasteur...
Iran: Khatami hails end of Ahmadinejad era

Iran: Khatami hails end of Ahmadinejad era

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—During a meeting in Ardakan city in central Iran on Thursday, former president Mohammad Khatami praised the overwhelming majority of the Iranian electorate who took part in the presidential elections amid fears of a boycott. Khatami emphasized...