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Iran’s Elections: Authoritarian Window Dressing

This article originally appeared on June 6, 2013 in the Huffington Post. In less than two weeks Iranians will go to the polls to elect a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The field is crowded; eight men are currently contending for the presidency. The candidates represent different factions within the regime and various interests within Iran’s [&hellip

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Two Messages from the White House on Iran

The Obama administration has issued several statements over the last two days pertaining to Iran. The first is a statement issued by Jay Carney yesterday. Read the statement in full below: Today the President approved a new Executive Order (E.O.) to further tighten U.S. sanctions on Iran and isolate the Iranian government for its continued [&hellip

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Targeting Human Rights Abusers in Iran

The Unites States Treasury Department announced sanctions today against more than 60 human rights abusers, while at the same time trying to help give everyday Iranians better access to digital media. Bloomberg Reports: The U.S. has supported attempts to boost democratic movements and stepped up efforts to stop regimes such as those in Iran and [&hellip

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Smoke Clears on Selection: Iran still Undemocratic

So, the smoke has cleared, and Iran’s presidential candidates have been announced. Despite all the attention that Iran receives when it holds “elections”, what should be clear to anyone that pays attention to events in that country is that the system is not democratic. You may have noticed that this week two of the most [&hellip

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Iran Is a Violator of Religious Freedom

The latest State Department report on the state of religious freedom in the world is out. Unsurprisingly, Iran ranks amongst the worst violators. From the executive summary: The constitution and other laws and policies do not protect religious freedom, and in practice, the government severely restricted religious freedom. The government’s respect for religious freedom declined [&hellip

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Iran-IAEA Talks Falter Yet Again

You might not be aware of it, because (nearly) every news organization in the world seems to think that it isn’t news, but talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency have broken down once again. The talks, held in Vienna on May 15, ended with no breakthroughs. There is no date set for [&hellip

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Committee to Protect Journalists: Iran’s Journalists are in Chains

In the run up to Iran’s “elections” next month it is clear that we have entered the season of the crackdown. To raise awareness about how this crackdown is affecting Iran’s journalists and bloggers the Committee to Protect Journalists has put together a powerful video that sheds light on just how ugly this has been. [&hellip

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Indictment: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

What would an indictment of Ayatollah Khamenei look like? Thousands, if not millions, victims of the Iranian regime around the world have undoubtedly wondered. Reporters Without Borders has offered an aide to the imagination with a faux “indictment” of the “Supreme Leader” and the system of government he established. It reads in full: You are [&hellip

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Election, Shmelection

The BBC and others are reporting that candidates for Iran’s upcoming presidential “elections” have begun to register. As readers of this blog are aware, Iran’s elections are really “selections”, not competitive electoral contests. In fact, the number of individuals deemed “qualified” by the Guardian Council is exceedingly small. From the BBC: In 2009, 475 hopefuls [&hellip

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Being a Journalist in Iran Ain’t Easy

Today is World Press Freedom Day 2013. Last year to mark this day we spoke with a series of activists and journalists to get a sense of the risks facing journalists in Iran. The result was this video: Sadly, not much has changed in the past year. In fact, it may be worse. Just as [&hellip

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