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Jun 17, 2024

Everything you need to know about the six candidates in Iran’s presidential election

By Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Due to the unexpected death of former President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, the Islamic Republic of Iran will hold presidential elections on June 28.

Elections Politics & Diplomacy


Jun 12, 2024

Will Bahrain and Iran turn a new page? There’s been talk of it.

By Giorgio Cafiero

For Bahrain, which takes its foreign policy directives from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, following in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi’s footsteps vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic is logical.

Conflict Iran


Jun 10, 2024

The high price of dissident art in Iran: Silence or exile

By Shekufe Bar

Many independent artists who remain in Iran have suspended their activities due to working bans or personal reluctance to engage in the current oppressive political climate.

Human Rights Iran


Jun 3, 2024

Shia Afghans are being brought to Iran to make up for the lack of religious Iranians

By Saeid Golkar and Kasra Aarabi

The mass participation of Shia Afghans at regime-organized events sheds light on how the Islamic Republic is proactively using Afghan migrants to foster a loyal constituency and fill the widening gap between the state and Iranian society.

Afghanistan Conflict


May 31, 2024

A nuclear negotiator takes the helm of Iran’s foreign ministry. So what’s next?

By Arash Azizi

Speaking at the funeral of Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Ali Bagheri Kani affirmed that he would follow the policies of his predecessor.

Iran Middle East


May 23, 2024

The ‘Butcher of Tehran’ is dead. It won’t change a thing.

By Khosro Kalbasi Isfahani

Despite his role in crimes against humanity, Ebrahim Raisi’s celebrated death will have no bearing on the Islamic Republic’s policy.

Civil Society Human Rights


May 10, 2024

The Islamic Republic claims to support US student protests, but it crushed its own student uprising

By Arash Azizi

No matter what the state-run hardline outlets publish or broadcast in Iran, Iranians remember the domestic repression they’ve seen with their own eyes.

Civil Society Iran


May 9, 2024

The nuclear fatwa that wasn’t—how Iran sold the world a false narrative

By Khosro Sayeh Isfahani

Tracking the supreme leader's comments over the past two decades demonstrates that he never issued a fatwa against building a nuclear weapon.

Conflict Iran


Apr 26, 2024

Everything you need to know about Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi and his death sentence

By Khosro Kalbasi Isfahani and Andrea Alice Richardson

On April 24, a revolutionary court in Iran sentenced dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi to death on charges of “spreading corruption on the Earth.”

Civil Society Human Rights


Apr 23, 2024

This round of Iran-Israel escalation is over, but the next could be just around the corner

By Raz Zimmt

The continuous campaign between Iran and Israel is unlikely to end, and the precedent set by their direct military engagement has become another option on the confrontation table.

Conflict Iran