Iran at the table: When foes come together over Syria

A week after top diplomats from Russia, the US, Turkey and Saudi Arabia met in Vienna for “constructive” talks on Syria, they’re doing it again. Only this time, Iran will be at the table.

Prolonging Assad’s Downfall in Syria Risks Regional Spillover

A dire outcome for Syria and the region are a certainty if the U.S. and Europe continue to wait the crisis out.

Iranian nukes would threaten Israel's hegemony, not existence

Even if Iran develops nuclear warheads, who says they'll use them? In fact, they are better off not using them at all. All they have to do is take lessons from Israel.
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Cannes selection gets political with films from jailed Iranian directors

A rather apolitical-looking Cannes selection got a fierce shot of politics this past weekend, when films from two jailed Iranian directors -- Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof -- were added to the line-up.

Information gap in the global village, unlikely; President Calderon’s nightmare

Times have changed the way that society informs themselves on national and world events. In this digital era, as we all know, the information travels in a speed never imagined.

Calling Tehran on Skype; Iranian Diaspora's initiative

Iran's green movement supporters outside the country creatively use Skype to inform their compatriots inside the country on the protest to be held today 14 February (25 Bahman) as Green Movement leaders are incommunicado.

Student Protests on National Student Day

Negar Mortazavi - December 7th is the National Student Day in Iran, protests and events are held at universities around Iran and the World. (This post will be updated with more events) Photo: Tehran University event, 6 Dec 2010

Free My Family Campaign

Negar Mortazavi - A new campaign has started in the cyberspace, demanding the release of prisoners of conscience in Iran.

A tale of two women and an inconvenient truth

Entrusted with the responsibility to write the first post of this blog, I have been looking for a topical subject which would provide for an immediate introduction to contemporary Iran and offer an insight into my approach as one of the contributors to the blog. This, I found in the story of two women and the differing treatment they have so far received in Mainstream Western Media.