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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...
Candidate Profile: Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf

Candidate Profile: Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf

At the age of 19, Qalibaf participated in the Iran–Iraq War and was soon appointed commander of a division despite his youth. After the war, he was appointed the deputy commander of the Resistance Force and Basij troops, and began climbing the ranks of the Iranian...
Iran: Rouhani and Aref to form coalition

Iran: Rouhani and Aref to form coalition

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—In what may prove to be a boost for Iran’s beleaguered reformists, the two liberal-leaning candidates for the upcoming presidential election have reportedly agreed to form a coalition to avoid splitting the reformist vote. The two candidates,...