IranSource | Understanding and Analyzing a Multifaceted Iran

Iran is set to hold its next presidential elections on May 19, when President Hassan Rouhani, who is being supported by pragmatists and reformists, will be running for a second term. HisOsulgarayan (Principalist) opponents have been working on plans to defeat him. They have two potential strategies but given current circumstances, it is likely that Rouhani will secure a second term with no major hurdles.

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Hard feelings between Iranian hardliners and film director Asghar Farhadi, who just won his second Oscar for “The Salesman” as the Best Foreign Language movie, date to 2012, when Farhadi’s movie, A Separation,” won him his first Academy Award.  

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The Trump administration’s attempts to isolate Iran politically, especially with respect to the war in Syria, and to intensify military and economic pressure against the Islamic Republic could prove counterproductive for regional stability in the long run.

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Two very different dialogue proposals are on the table for the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, one from a historic enemy, Israel, proposed in conjunction with a crucial partner, the United States. The other is from a historic rival, Iran, which shares the same neighborhood and faith. The choice the Arab countries ultimately make could determine the future peace and prosperity of the region.

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Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Quds (Jerusalem) Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, is among the most popular public figures in Iran, where supporters see him as a selfless national hero who has been fighting Iran’s enemies.

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Every year about 70% of the fatalities in Tehran are caused by respiratory and heart failure that is directly or indirectly associated with the air pollution. Nationwide, 80,000 people died prematurely due to pollution in 2012, according to official figures.

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Having spent only a week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing a wholesale ban on travelers from Iran and six other Muslim-majority nations. His rationale: fighting “radical Islamic terrorists.”

Two days later, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) carried out a ballistic missile test. The White House responded to the move with harsh and threatening language reminiscent of President George W. Bush’s approach toward Iran.

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This week a photo of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared on social media in front of the ruins of Persepolis. Ahmadinejad’s supporters quickly spread the photograph on Facebook and Twitter with election-like endorsements, even though his candidacy for another term as president has been tacitly barred by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

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Iranians are in shock and dismay following the implementation of President Trump’s executive order halting refugee acceptance and banning entry of people from seven Muslim majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia.

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On December 1, 2016, Congress passed a 10-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act. Tehran vowed to retaliate, and said it considered the extension a violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed with six major powers in 2015 to restrict the development of Iran’s nuclear capability in exchange for global sanctions relief.

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