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Opinion: The Ayatollah Looks East and Finds a Void

Opinion: The Ayatollah Looks East and Finds a Void

Foreign officials dealing with Iran since the mullahs seized power have often wondered who is really in charge in Tehran. Chris Patten, a British politician who served as the European Union’s foreign policy point-man, once observed that Iranian officials he dealt with...
Opinion: Did Velayati Offer Assad Asylum?

Opinion: Did Velayati Offer Assad Asylum?

A series of personal messages indicate that Iran has finally decided to host Assad i.e. grant him asylum, and receive him in Tehran as a hero. A statement made by the Supreme Leader’s advisor Velayati when he visited Syria and Lebanon a few days ago formed the basis...
Social media still a factor in Iranian elections

Social media still a factor in Iranian elections

London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Although the protests that followed Iran’s disputed presidential election of 2009 were a largely spontaneous movement born out of popular outrage, it reached a global audience in part thanks to the role played by social media platforms. Once...