WorldViews: Iran


Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 04/04/2014

These satellite images show Iran’s construction of a fake U.S. aircraft carrier

But why are they doing that?

By Adam Taylor  |  04:42 PM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Satellite images

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Iranian female politician has her prayer sermon speech mysteriously canceled

According to the head of Tehran’s Friday Prayer office, Masoumeh Ebtekar wasn’t feeling well.

By Jason Rezaian  |  10:02 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Jon Stewart explains what’s weird about Congress’s Iran sanctions push

What the “Daily Show” host gets right and wrong about the sanctions bill.

By Max Fisher  |  01:08 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Iranian news agency says the U.S. is secretly run by Nazi space aliens. Really.

This is by far the craziest Iranian conspiracy theory yet

By Max Fisher  |  11:31 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013

Why is the U.S. okay with Israel having nuclear weapons but not Iran?

The question, and its surprising answer, are more complicated than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  09:30 AM ET, 12/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Syria

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 11/27/2013

Is Iran already hedging on a key nuclear concession?

Foreign Minister Zarif announces Iran can continue construction at the Arak nuclear facility.

By Max Fisher  |  10:55 AM ET, 11/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:40 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Iranian President Rouhani now has his own ‘Yes, We Can’ music video

Some Iranian performers made this almost-exact copy of Obama’s 2008 viral video.

By Max Fisher  |  08:40 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Iran’s supreme leader publicly blesses the nuclear deal

Crucially, Ali Khamenei also pushed against Iranian skeptics of the agreement.

By Max Fisher  |  08:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013

Russia is already using Iran talks to try to extract something for itself

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is the world’s top geopolitical troll.

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Russia

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 11/25/2013

9 questions about Iran’s nuclear program you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about Iran’s nuclear program you were too embarrassed to ask.

By Max Fisher  |  03:51 PM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 11/25/2013

The good, the bad and the ugly of the Iran nuclear deal

Everything the deal does and doesn’t do, what it means, whom it hurts and helps.

By Max Fisher  |  11:34 AM ET, 11/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 11/20/2013

Americans support an Iran nuclear deal 2 to 1. That’s a big deal.

Getting Congress to support a nuclear deal with Iran just got a lot easier.

By Max Fisher  |  11:06 AM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Five lessons from the Iranian foreign minister’s video asking for peace

Mohammad Javad Zarif is very, very into “dignity.“

By Max Fisher  |  03:21 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013

Obama’s approaching an Iran deal. Here’s why Congress might stop it.

Congress is facing a real dilemma over Iran talks.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 11/14/2013

This Iranian political cartoon nicely captures the country’s view of nuclear talks

It’s funny, as well as a reminder of the mutual Iranian-Western mistrust permeating the talks.

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 AM ET, 11/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013

A nuclear expert explains, in very basic language, the science at the heart of Iranian nuclear talks

What is a heavy water reactor and why is it such a big deal?

By Max Fisher  |  07:00 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 11/09/2013

What has to happen -- and what can’t happen -- for an Iranian nuclear deal to succeed

Kenneth Pollack: “This may well be the best opportunity that we have ever had, and maybe that we will ever have, to get a deal with the Iranians.“

By Max Fisher  |  07:32 AM ET, 11/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/08/2013

How Netanyahu could kill a nuclear deal with Iran

The Israeli leader could leverage opposition in Congress, which Obama needs to make a deal work.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 11/07/2013

What Iran today has in common with the U.S. in 2008

The Post’s Jason Rezaian talks about being a reporter in Tehran.

By Max Fisher  |  12:01 PM ET, 11/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Would the world blame Israel if Iranian nuclear talks fail?

If a deal falls apart, international support for isolating Iran could weaken.

By Max Fisher  |  01:09 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 07:01 AM ET, 10/16/2013

The forgotten story of Iran Air Flight 655

The 1988 tragedy, little-known in the U.S., is crucial for understanding our stand-off with Iran.

By Max Fisher  |  07:01 AM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 10/08/2013

The politics of 'Death to America'

There's some debate that Iran might abandon its best-known chant. But don't hold your breath.

By Jason Rezaian  |  11:03 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 10/07/2013

Why it matters that Netanyahu doesn't know that Iranians wear jeans

The Israeli leader's gaffe was minor, but a sign of how he'll play the ongoing outreach between the U.S. and Iran.

By Max Fisher  |  01:03 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 10/02/2013

Netanyahu and Obama agree more about Iran than they let on

The U.S. will need to get Israel on board for any major deals with Tehran.

By Max Fisher  |  12:40 PM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 09/30/2013

In show of openness, Iranian newspaper publishes interview with U.S. diplomat

Putting the face of a State Department employee on a prominent Iranian outlet is a big deal.

By Max Fisher  |  01:17 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Even Ahmadinejad is sort of happy about Iran's opening with Obama

The hard-line former president can't bring himself to condemn Rouhani's historic phone call.

By Max Fisher  |  12:08 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/30/2013

After years of anti-Americanism, Tehran's political establishment signals support for detente

President Rouhani's outreach to Obama is getting a surprisingly positive reception at home.

By Max Fisher  |  11:41 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Obama said, 'Khodahafez' to Iran's president. Here's what that means.

Everything you could possibly want to know about the Farsi word Obama used with Rouhani.

By Max Fisher  |  05:46 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 09/27/2013

READ AND WATCH: Obama reveals historic phone call with Iran's president

The call was the first direct contact between an American and an Iranian president since 1979.

By Max Fisher  |  04:55 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 09/27/2013

Wow: The American and Iranian presidents just had their first direct contact in 34 years

Rouhani ended the historic conversation with "have a nice day." Obama responded "Khodahafez," colloquial Farsi for goodbye.

By Max Fisher  |  04:19 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Jon Stewart's 'Persiastroika' joke about Iran was funny, but it was also wrong

He's the latest to compare Rouhani to Gorbachev but he's not.

By Max Fisher  |  11:49 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 09/27/2013

'You're not the boss of the world': Regular Iranians speak directly to America

"Your behavior is not very good. Your politics are about war and it's terrifying."

By Max Fisher  |  10:36 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 09/26/2013

Hassan Rouhani’s Jewish problem

Rouhani is trying to win over Western skeptics of Iran as well as Iranian skeptics of the West.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 09/25/2013

North Korea’s nuclear program may now be self-sufficient. Why that’s scary.

Is Pyongyang’s uranium enrichment becoming sanctions-proof?

By Max Fisher  |  01:29 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, North Korea

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Israel to boycott Iran’s U.N. speech, signaling deep skepticism of Rouhani

Israeli diplomats will walk out of the new Iranian president’s speech.

By Max Fisher  |  01:38 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 09/24/2013

Obama tempers outreach to Iran, with a nod to Israeli concerns

Why Obama is hardening his stance at precisely the moment when Tehran seems most receptive to detente.

By Max Fisher  |  12:30 PM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Read: Full text of Obama’s speech to the United Nations on Syria, Iran and war

The president pledged deep U.S. involvement in the Middle East and in ending conflict.

By Max Fisher  |  11:25 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Nations

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 09/23/2013

For once, the U.N. General Assembly actually matters. Here are eight big reasons why.

WORLDVIEWS | There’s a lot at stake in New York, from detente with Iran to NSA spying.

By Max Fisher  |  05:36 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Russia, Syria

Posted at 07:30 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Washington Post op-ed, annotated

Reading between the lines of the new Iranian leader’s big column.

By Max Fisher  |  07:30 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Yes, Iran is watching Obama’s handling of Syria closely. Why that’s great news.

Backing down on Syria is the best thing Obama could do for his credibility with Iran.

By Max Fisher  |  10:48 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 09/18/2013

Two great signs and a dubious one from Iranian President Rouhani’s first Western interview

Iran’s new president made some promising overtures for peace, but had some odd words on the nuclear program.

By Max Fisher  |  06:40 PM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Facebook, Twitter blocked again in Iran

Less than a day after becoming accessible, Twitter and Facebook go dark without official comment.

By Jason Rezaian  |  09:46 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Four years later, Twitter and Facebook flash back online in parts of Iran

The apparent change comes just days after the foreign minister’s Twitter account was officially confirmed.

By Jason Rezaian  |  03:36 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 09/06/2013

A brief video introduction to Iran’s Jewish community (yes, really!)

Iran's president wished them all a happy Rosh Hashanah this week.

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 09/06/2013

Actual good news: U.S. and Iran still looking for peace, despite tension over Syria

A rare silver lining in a region full of bad news.

By Max Fisher  |  01:36 PM ET, 09/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Iran’s president just wished all Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah on Twitter

Is this a tiny gesture of goodwill toward Israel?

By Max Fisher  |  01:40 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Why Google brought its app store to Iran, and what it could mean for Syria

Google is taking advantage of newly loosened U.S. sanctions against Iran.

By Brian Fung  |  02:31 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 08/23/2013

Six pieces of good news from the Middle East this week (really!)

For starters, Iran's new president is pushing for peace, Palestinians make a major concession and sustainable farming is catching on.

By Max Fisher  |  11:44 AM ET, 08/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine, Libya, United Arab Emirates

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 08/06/2013

Six takeaways from new Iranian President Rouhani's first news conference

The new leader made some important signals about making peace with the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  11:47 AM ET, 08/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 08/05/2013

An Iranian American comedian explains 'Ahmadinejad bye-bye'

The story behind the chant many Iranians were repeating this weekend on the old president's departure.

By Max Fisher  |  10:16 AM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:46 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Iranian president's comments on Israel are latest flashpoint in war of perceptions

Why can no one seem to agree what he said, what he meant or what he really believes?

By Max Fisher  |  03:46 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Iran, belatedly, invites Snowden to visit, 'elaborate' on U.S. spying practices

Though he's expressed no interest in traveling to Iran, it would be accessible from Moscow.

By Max Fisher  |  10:39 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 07/19/2013

U.S. Congress gestures in an unusual direction: toward diplomacy with Iran

The typically hawkish institution appears to be softening on Iran at a key moment.

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 07/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 06/18/2013

The two surprisingly small but notoriously difficult issues standing between the U.S. and Iran

Obama and Rouhani have described a deal that should be palatable to them both. So why is it so hard to get there?

By Max Fisher  |  01:12 PM ET, 06/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/17/2013

5 things to know about Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani

The moderate new leaders is seen as predisposed to compromising with the U.S. but also as backing the nuclear program.

By Max Fisher  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 06/15/2013

Iran's next president, in speech: 'I will try to improve peace in the world by engagement'

Hassan Rouhani hints at a shift away from years of confrontation and "resistance."

By Max Fisher  |  03:31 PM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 06/15/2013

Video: Young Iranians fill streets in celebration of their new president, Hossan Rouhani

The scenes are a remarkable contrast with the violence and anger of the 2009 election.

By Max Fisher  |  02:16 PM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 06/15/2013

Iran's next president, Hassan Rouhani, seen as best hope for ending nuclear standoff with West

The former nuclear negotiator has a record of pragmatism and enters office at a key moment.

By Max Fisher  |  02:10 PM ET, 06/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 06/14/2013

'Everything we have now is because of Jalili and his courage'

The nuclear negotiator and presidential candidate promises "resistance" and "pure Islam."

By Max Fisher  |  01:51 PM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 06/14/2013

How do Iran's supreme leader and president split power? Here's a chart explaining it.

Yes, the Islamic Republic has some democratic institutions. No, they're not very powerful.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013

American who speaks 23 languages says Persian is his favorite

Tim Doner is what's called a hyperpolyglot

By Max Fisher  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 06/12/2013

'America talked the talk while Iran walked the walk'

How did Tehran outmaneuver the U.S., not to mention Saudi Arabia, in Syria's civil war?

By Max Fisher  |  12:11 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Report: Iran's foreign minister secretly urged 'broad discussions' with the U.S.

It's a sign that there's internal pressure on the supreme leader to deal directly with Washington.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 06/11/2013

This map of global public opinion toward Iran is bad news for Tehran

A Pew poll finds that the country is overwhelmingly disliked everywhere expect Pakistan.

By Max Fisher  |  12:25 PM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:03 AM ET, 06/10/2013

A rare Iran presidential poll shows Tehran mayor Ghalibaf as runaway favorite

The pragmatic technocrat appears to hold a wide lead in nearly all demographics.

By Max Fisher  |  06:03 AM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 06/07/2013

Few taboos in Iran's presidential debate: Candidates clash on nuclear talks, student crackdowns

Some of the candidates challenged the status quo on key national issues.

By Max Fisher  |  12:29 PM ET, 06/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 05/22/2013

'If Imam Khomeini were alive and he registered [for president], he would be disqualified'

An Iranian legislator wrote an open letter to Khameini criticizing the decision to bar Rafsanjani from running.

By Max Fisher  |  01:20 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 05/22/2013

Staunch anti-American Saeed Jalili an early favorite in Iran's presidential race

The nuclear negotiator has consistently discouraged negotiations with the U.S. and called for "resistance."

By Max Fisher  |  12:17 PM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Rafsanjani's disqualification follows tumultuous relationship with Iran's supreme leader

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 05/21/2013

Riot police return to Tehran's streets

As the Guardian Council blocks former president Rafsanjani from runnings, tensions increase.

By Max Fisher  |  02:38 PM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 05/20/2013

Could Rafsanjani be disqualified from Iran's presidential race for his age?

A Guardian Council statement may have hinted as much, although it's not clear this is what he intended.

By Max Fisher  |  12:58 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:31 AM ET, 05/16/2013

Map: How the world voted on a U.N. resolution for political transition in Syria

It's revealing to look at the 12 countries that voted in Syria's favor and the 59 that abstained.

By Max Fisher  |  06:31 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Maps, Russia, Syria, United Nations

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Video: Iranians rally in support of Rafsanjani's surprise presidential candidacy

The former president has applied to run in the coming election, shaking up Iranian politics.

By Max Fisher  |  12:26 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 05/10/2013

This powerful video shows Iran's worsening crackdown on journalists

"Only Somali journalists have gone into exile in higher numbers."

By Max Fisher  |  10:14 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Iran condemns the Boston bombing, with a caveat

An Iranian foreign ministry statement expressed sympathy with the U.S. but also used the incident to reiterate a political point.

By Max Fisher  |  12:44 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/11/2013

What time machine? Iranian news agency quietly deletes a report that Iran had built one.

This is not the first time that an Iranian state news outlet has gotten caught with a less-than-accurate story.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:10 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Video: New Navy laser can shoot down drones, is headed for the Persian Gulf

That crazy new Navy laser will deploy to Iran's backyard and target exactly the type of boats and aircraft Iran is known for

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:10 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 03/27/2013

Why now is the perfect time for a vacation to Iran (sort of)

Runaway inflation means you can live like royalty for cheap, but only if you don't mind a backdrop of economic warfare.

By Max Fisher  |  08:58 AM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 03/21/2013

The politicization of Nowruz, Iran's new year

Both Washington and Tehran have taken to using the ancient Persian holiday to send political messages to Iranians.

By Jason Rezaian  |  09:50 AM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 03/20/2013

Video: Obama teases Netanyahu about 'red lines'

The Israeli prime minister, who has warned the U.S. to set a red line on Iran's nuclear program, comes in for some presidential joshing.

By Max Fisher  |  02:16 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 03/18/2013

Today's reads: photos of border crossings, guarded optimism on Iran

Also: Who are the world's five worst "enemies of the Internet"?

By Max Fisher  |  10:28 AM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bahrain, Iran, South Korea, Today's Reads, Vietnam

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Iran's Web censors vs. Google Reader

Even if Iranians use Google Reader to evade censors, they probably couldn't do so for long.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:34 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Today's reads: Gay Argentines discuss Pope Francis

Also: What about Iran's fatwa banning nuclear weapons?

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, China, Iran, Today's Reads

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Today's Reads: Eyes on Khatami, frustration in Wukan

Would the reformer Mohammed Khatami, a former president, run for the office again?

By Max Fisher  |  08:43 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Today's Reads

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Today's Reads: South Africa's future, Obama in Israel

Is the president's trip to the Middle East all about Iran?

By Max Fisher  |  08:41 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Today's Reads

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Unique photography project gets strong reception in Iran

Azadeh Aklhaghi's "By an Eye Witness" is a unique undertaking in the country.

By Jason Rezaian  |  09:39 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Today's Reads: Nuclear talks with Iran, a Chinese insider pushes for reform

Also, why economists are upset about Italy's election.

By Max Fisher  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Italy, Today's Reads

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 02/25/2013

It's not just you: Iranian state media are very unhappy with last night's Oscars

Officials also criticized Argo's Oscar win and promised their own version of the "anti-Iran" film

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:38 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Here's a video of Iranians cheering the U.S. wrestling team in Tehran

The fans made a big show of cheering the American team and one American in particular.

By Max Fisher  |  12:27 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/22/2013

The day the American flag was shown unmolested in Iran

Scenes from the international wrestling tournament in Tehran, where the U.S. team came in third.

By Jason Rezaian  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Michael Moore says he wants to visit Iran, with or without an invitation

The American filmmaker might have some trouble if he arrives in Tehran without a visa.

By Jason Rezaian  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/16/2013

Iran's foreign minister again signals openness to talks

Salehi appears to be trying to bring Khamenei back into the dialogue as the decider on nuclear negotiations.

By Jason Rezaian  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 02/14/2013

A bad day for the Iranian nuclear crisis

UN nuclear inspectors came away empty-handed just as Iran was discovered attempting to buy magnets use for enriching uranium.

By Max Fisher  |  01:27 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013

The 11 foreign policy takeaways from Obama's State of the Union

Less Afghanistan and Syria, more cyber security and drones, outreach to Iran and more.

By Max Fisher  |  11:33 AM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, C.I.A., Cyber Security, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Syria, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/08/2013

New poll: Iranians mostly blame the U.S. for sanctions, still want a nuclear program

The Obama administration has said sanctions are meant to turn Iranians against the program, but they seem to be failing.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Here's the video Iran says it hacked from a downed U.S. drone

Is the video real? Does it matter?

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013

Is Khamenei rejecting direct nuclear talks or just negotiating?

The supreme leader appeared to slam the door on direct U.S. negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  10:00 AM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/05/2013

A staggering map of the 54 countries that reportedly participated in the CIA's rendition program

The global but secret campaign included help from Iran and Syria, among others.

By Max Fisher  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A., Iran, Maps, Syria

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Mohamed Morsi's strange gamble on Iran and Ahmadinejad

The high-profile meeting risks political capital that Morsi just doesn't have to spend.

By Max Fisher  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Iran

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 02/05/2013

The video that helps explain Egypt and Iran's deep mutual mistrust

In 1979, Mike Wallace asked Iran's revolutionary leader why the Egyptian president had called him "a lunatic."

By Max Fisher  |  10:11 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Iran

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Israel's strike on Syria as a dress rehearsal for conflict with Iran

After years of a mutual testing of wills, both Israel and Iran get another opportunity with Wednesday's airstrike.

By Max Fisher  |  12:14 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Syria

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/31/2013

How Israel's air strike could help Syria

Nothing brings wary allies together like a common enemy.

By Max Fisher  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/28/2013

Here's a photo of the sad-looking monkey that Iran says it launched into space

Photo: Iran says it launched this monkey into space

By Max Fisher  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 01/07/2013

Found in Tehran: Ayatollah Khamenei-shaped air freshener

The supreme leader can now fill your car with a refreshing apple aroma for the low price of 81 cents.

By Max Fisher  |  03:51 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 01/07/2013

On Israel, Iran, and spending, Chuck Hagel looks a lot like Robert Gates

The expected defense secretary nominee has been criticized for his views on major issues, but they look awfully similar to those of Bush-appointed Gates.

By Max Fisher  |  12:17 PM ET, 01/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 12/20/2012

What happened when a travel writer flew to Iran with no tourist visa or return flight

The experience sounds daunting, but maybe not as difficult as it could be for an Iranian traveling to the West.

By Max Fisher  |  09:54 AM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  australia, Iran

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 12/19/2012

Facebook page for Iran's leader has first English post

Ali Khamenei would be just the latest Iranian to break the ban on accessing the social networking site.

By Jason Rezaian  |  10:14 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 12/18/2012

Iran's state-run news network blames 'Israeli death squads' for Sandy Hook shooting

PressTV runs a long story accusing the U.S. of covering up an Israeli operation to punish President Obama.

By Max Fisher  |  10:20 AM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei echoes Mike Huckabee on Newtown school shooting

A spokesperson for the leading Iranian ayatollah cites a lack of religion in discussing the Sandy Hook shooting.

By Max Fisher  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Iran

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Chuck Hagel's ambiguous stance on dealing with Iran

The possible nominee for defense secretary opposed Iran strikes during the Bush administration, but may have changed his stance.

By Max Fisher  |  04:28 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 12/10/2012

The seven countries where the state can execute you for being atheist

A new report on religious freedom finds severe restrictions on non-believers in several Middle Eastern states.

By Max Fisher  |  01:23 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Maldives, Maps, Mauritania, pakistan, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/03/2012

Iran without irony: Official says Palestinians played key role' in Gaza war

Iran News overreaches a bit on crediting Tehran with anti-Israel fighting.

By Max Fisher  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 11/28/2012

Iran shows new submarines and warships, touts self-sufficiency in defense

In a video posted on state television, Iran boasted its ability to manufacture destroyers and submarines at home.

By Anup Kaphle  |  10:23 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 11/20/2012

Does the Gaza crisis make Israeli strikes on Iran more likely?

Maybe, but only if the Israeli military has changed its 2010 assessment of its capability of carrying out that mission.

By Max Fisher  |  01:47 PM ET, 11/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Analysts fear wide-reaching fallout from Israeli strikes on Gaza

Middle East-watchers, never an optimistic bunch, worry about ripple affects across the region.

By Max Fisher  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Egypt, Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East, Turkey

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Map: Where was the drone that Iran tried to shoot down?

It looks like the drone, though over international waters, would have been very close to Iranian soil.

By Max Fisher  |  03:44 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 11/07/2012

Iranians see reduced risk of war in Obamas reelection

Though many were initially disappointed with the president's first term, they seem relieved he's won.

By Jason Rezaian  |  08:37 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Iran

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Iranian Supreme Leaders granddaughter is big on Facebook, despite block

A reminder of the impossibility of Tehran's mission to keep Iranians off social networks.

By Max Fisher  |  05:03 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 11/05/2012

Netanyahu more resolved than thought to strike Iran, but Israel might not be

The Israeli leader tried to set a unilateral attack in motion in 2010, but was stopped by internal political and military forces. Have those dynamics changed?

By Max Fisher  |  10:06 AM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012

More hints of an opening for direct U.S.-Iran talks

Tehran has reportedly appointed an envoy to receive "approaches from the Americans."

By Max Fisher  |  10:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 10/27/2012

Peter Moore, former hostage in Iraq, talks about life in captivity

Peter Moore talks to Reddit about years in captivity, torture and garlic bread.

By Olga Khazan  |  01:00 PM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hostages, Iran, Iraq

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Qatars foray into Gaza politics: Bad for Iran, good for Israel?

The oil-rich kingdom may seek to pry Hamas away from Tehran's influence.

By Max Fisher  |  02:26 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel-Palestine, Middle East, Qatar

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Report: British attorney general thinks strike on Iran could be illegal

The Guardian reports on a secret legal memo shaping London's response.

By Max Fisher  |  05:05 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy, United Kingdom

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 10/24/2012

The U.S. presidential debate, as seen by Iran’s defense minister

Brigadier General Vahidi's offers a revealing misreading of American politics.

By Max Fisher  |  11:16 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Would direct U.S.-Iran talks be bad for Israel?

The larger issues underlying the building U.S. debate over reported nuclear negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  02:49 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Israel, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/22/2012

Unraveling the secret U.S.-Iran nuclear talks

What people are saying about the New York Times story alleging a deal to hold private bilateral negotiations.

By Max Fisher  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 10/22/2012

What then-U.S. national security adviser for Iran says about ‘Argo’

Gary Sick positively reviews the film, with some insights on the internal dramas of the day.

By Max Fisher  |  09:40 AM ET, 10/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iran, Pop Culture

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/19/2012

‘Israel loves Iran’ anti-war initiative takes off

As Israel’s government issued a warning over Iran’s nuclear program, some citizens of both countries were talking to one another in much sweeter tones online.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Israel, anti-war initiative

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Azerbaijan arrests alleged spies — who are the Iranian Revolutionary Guards?

The suspects allegedly worked for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, a branch of Iran’s military.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:17 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Azerbaijan, Iran, spies, Iranian Revolutionary Guards

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Where is Bob Levinson? FBI offers $1 million reward

FBI offers $1 million reward.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Robert Levinson, FBI, Iran

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Benjamin Netanyahu metaphors: Time to start calling ‘a duck a duck’

On Monday, he said it was time to start calling “a duck a duck” in reference to Iran.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:28 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, Iran, literary figures of speech

Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Netanyahu warns Iran, Hawaii weather and Holder on assassination: Morning roundup

Netanyahu warns Iran; Hawaii weather; Holder defines assassination.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:05 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning news roundup, Israel, Iran, Australia, Philippines, Africa

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Iran parliamentary elections: Are they free and fair?

The elections are the first vote since the disputed 2009 elections.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:17 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, parliamentary elections

Posted at 07:58 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Leap year, Anonymous hackers arrested, Ohio shooting’s 911 tapes: Morning roundup

Leap year, Anonymous hackers arrested, Ohio shooting’s 911 tapes.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  07:58 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Iran, Syria, Europe, South America

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Oscar winners abroad, Russia protests and WikiLeaks strikes: Morning roundup

Oscar winners abroad, Russia protests and WikiLeaks strikes again.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:55 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Pakistan, Iran, France, Russia, Afghanistan, Syria

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Salman Rushdie, SOS for oceans, Syria will get arms ‘somehow’: Morning roundup

Salman Rushdie, SOS for oceans, Syria will get arms ‘somehow’

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:02 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Morning roundup, Syria, Iran, India, Australia

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Iran nuclear talks failure sparks fears online

Surfacing online: A 1970s BBC transcript to be used in the event of a nuclear attack and a Web site showing what might happen if a bomb were dropped.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:58 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, nuclear talks, nuclear program, BBC

Posted at 04:23 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Iranians using proxy servers 10 times more than they were last year

Despite the partial Internet blackout in Iran, there is some evidence that people are still finding their way online.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:23 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Internet, web censorship

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Valentine’s Day government bans rejected by lovers around the world

Lovers are celebrating, despite the consequences.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Valentine's Day, government bans, India, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Iran

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Bangkok blasts: Iranian blows off own legs, injures four others

Iranian blows off own legs, injures four others.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:14 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Thailand, Bangkok, Iran, bomb blasts

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Iran gets back e-mail access, but other sites remain blacked out ahead of protest

E-mail access is back up, but other sites remain down ahead of a planned protest Feb. 14.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, internet, web censorship

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 02/13/2012

Israeli diplomats targeted by bombers in India, Georgia (tweets)

Israeli diplomats were targeted by bombers in India and Georgia Monday, in two almost-simultaneous strikes, according to AP.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:54 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, India, Israel, Iran, diplomat, attack

Posted at 09:37 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Israeli Facebook page begs Netanyahu not to attack Iran until after Madonna show; sets off media firestorm

At least not until Madonna’s show in Israel is over.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:37 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Israel, Iran, Madonna, Netanyahu

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Iran begins blocking access to Gmail, other sites

The Post’s Thomas Erdbrink reports what it’s like to not be able to access Web sites in Iran.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, web censorship, Google, National Internet

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Iran’s ninja army is made up of 3,500 women

State TV reported that nearly 3,500 women have registered for ninjutsu classes.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:14 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, ninjas, ninjutsu

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 02/06/2012

U.S. closes Syrian embassy: How often does the U.S. shutter embassies?

How often does the United States close embassies?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:50 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Syria, diplomatic relations, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Bhutan, Taiwan

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/03/2012

Iran says it may ban Samsung for commercial depicting attack on nuclear plant

A new Israeli Samsung commercial depicts an attack on an Iranian nuclear plant.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:40 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Israel, commercials

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 01/16/2012

Golden Globes 2012 a huge hit in Iran

The win for best foreign film meant a late night for Iranians watching to see their countrymen take home a Golden Globe.

By Thomas Erdbrink  |  02:29 PM ET, 01/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Golden Globes, Iran

Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated on same date Iranian professor killed in 2010

His death falls on the same date an Iranian professor was similarly assassinated in 2010.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, nuclear program, assassinations

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Ahmadinejad and Chavez joke about having atomic bomb

In a joint news conference in Caracas on Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez joked about having an atomic bomb at their fingertips.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:14 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Venezuela, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hugo Chavez, nuclear program

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Google is ‘a spying tool,’ Iran police chief says

Iran’s police chief said a national Internet is being created for the security of people’s information.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:38 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Google, spying

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Strait of Hormuz: How strategic a waterway?

Iran threatened Tuesday to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz, one of the world's most critical oil choke points. 

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:16 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Strait of Hormuz, oil

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Pumpkin update: British ambassador’s dog rescued after Iran embassy takeover

Pumpkin update: British ambassador’s dog rescued after Iran embassy takeover

By Melissa Bell  |  05:38 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pumpkin, British embassy, Iran

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Jobless Iranian reportedly throws shoes at Ahmadinejad

A conservative Iranian Web site reported that the man threw his shoes at the president to protest not receiving his unemployment benefits.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:53 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, shoe throwing

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Iran shows alleged downed U.S. drone (Video)

Iran shows downed U.S. drone on state television

By Thomas Erdbrink  |  01:38 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, U.S. drones, Iran, Drone

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 12/05/2011

British diplomacy dilemma: Dog troubles in Tehran

Pumpkin, a member of the British ambassador’s family, was left behind in Tehran.

By Melissa Bell  |  02:14 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World: Dominick Chilcott, Iran, British embassy

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Tehran embassy: Rescuing the British ambassador’s dog

All British staffers, including the dog, have left the building

By Melissa Bell  |  11:56 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, British embassy

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Tehran embassy seizure, as in 1979, highlights rift with West

An attack on the British Embassy by Iranian militants recalls the November 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy, but important differences are evident.

By William Branigin  |  02:39 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Tehran

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 11/29/2011

Iranian students storm British embassy in Tehran (audio, video)

Iranian student hardliners have broken into British Embassy in Tehran to protest latest sanctions, and to demand the British ambassador’s immediate expulsion.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:59 AM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, protests

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 11/10/2011

Iran to women: No skiing unless with a male guardian

A new police notice prohibits women from the slopes if they are not accompanied by a man.

By Thomas Erdbrink  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Tehran, Skiing

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 10/26/2011

Iranian chessmaster tossed from championship after refusing game with Israeli opponent

An Iranian chessmaster refuses to play against an Israeli opponent — and gets ejected from championship.

By Thomas Erdbrink  |  11:37 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Chess, Iran, Ehud Shachar, Ghaem Maghami

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Iran’s former president warns of U.S. retaliation for assassination plot

Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami warned other Iranian leaders on Thursday of the possibility of a military attack by the U.S.

By Thomas Erdbrink  |  12:53 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Mohammad Khatami

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Iranian assassination plot leads to conspiracy theories

After U.S. officials alleged that the Iranian government had been plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, conspiracy theories were heard on both sides.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:42 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Adel al-Jubeir

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi ambassador, targeted in Iranian assassination plot

Who is Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, the man targeted in the assassination attempt?

By Melissa Bell  |  03:30 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Adel Al-Jubeir, Eric Holder, Saudi Arabia, Iran

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 10/10/2011

Iranian films ‘My Tehran for Sale’ and ‘Persepolis’ result in lashings, protests

Post-revolution, Persian films started discussion what it was like to experience liberation from an oppressive regime.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:49 PM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Tunisia, Persian film, Persepolis, Iran for Sale

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Koch brothers’ company sold equipment to Iran, report alleges; firm denies wrongdoing

The company owned by David and Charles Koch, billionaire brothers who support conservative causes, faces new allegations in a Bloomberg report

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:11 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Koch brothers, Koch Industries, Iran, investigation

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Al-Qaeda tells Ahmadinejad to stop ‘ridiculous’ 9/11 theories

The glossy al-Qaeda-run magazine Inspire’s latest issue calls Ahmadinejad’s belief about 9/11 “ridiculous” and says it “stands in the face of all logic and evidence.”

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:23 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, Inspire Magazine, al-Qaeda, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, 9/11 attacks, Anwar al-Awlaki

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 09/21/2011

Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, freed U.S. hikers, race down airplane stairs to greet family in Oman (Video)

The U.S. hikers freed from jail in Iran are seen in photos talking on the phone before boarding a plane home.

By Melissa Bell  |  03:37 PM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, U.S. hikers, Iran