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Fri, Apr 16, 2021

Israel’s ‘shadow’ war with Iran risks playing out in the open

After the Donald Trump administration quit the deal in May 2018, Israel escalated a shadow war with Iran to disrupt Iranian shipping and retard Iran’s nuclear advances, as the Islamic Republic had stopped implementing its JCPOA commitments in response. That war has now come increasingly into the open.

IranSource by Sina Azodi

Politics & Diplomacy

Wed, Apr 14, 2021

Iran’s botched handling of the coronavirus may impact June election

Given the economic uncertainty, unrest in the upcoming election season is possible. An excessive vaccination fee, rumors of nepotism as the vaccination programs roll out, black market distribution of vaccines, or distribution of fake vaccines could ignite a wildfire—especially under current circumstances.

IranElections2021 by Masoud Mostajabi

Coronavirus Iran

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

FAST THINKING: Did the Iran nuclear talks just blow up?

Iran’s ability to enrich uranium for potential use in nuclear weapons may have suffered a severe blow on Sunday after an explosion knocked out power at its Natanz nuclear site, while indirect talks continue in Vienna around reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Will the explosion blow up those negotiations? And what will its impact be on Iran itself and the country’s nuclear program?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Crisis Management Iran

Mon, Apr 12, 2021

Iran’s June elections could consolidate hardline power before Khamenei succession

For hardliners in Iran, the June 18 presidential election is less about choosing a new executive branch chief than about consolidating power centers before the time comes to choose Iran’s real ruler: the next Supreme Leader.

IranElections2021 by Anonymous

Iran Middle East

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

Dagres in the Guardian: “The biggest impediment to a new nuclear deal with Iran? Domestic politics”

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Iran Middle East

Thu, Apr 8, 2021

‘Here’s the (Iran) deal, folks’: Americans are fine with a return to the JCPOA

Thanks to the fact that the Donald Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA has been such an obvious and abysmal failure, a majority of Americans now support the original deal.

IranSource by Barbara Slavin

Iran Middle East

Fri, Apr 2, 2021

Social media helps and hurts Iranian elections. Here’s how.

The internet has always been one of the most challenging issues for the Iranian government, especially during elections. Over the past three years alone, Iran has tried to meet this challenge on numerous occasions by shutting down the internet during nationwide protests or blocking popular apps and websites.

IranElections2021 by Amir Rashidi

Iran Middle East

Wed, Mar 31, 2021

How Iranian Phantoms pulled off one of the most daring airstrikes in recent memory

On April 4, 1981, eight F-4 Phantom fighter bombers conducted a daring airstrike on three airbases deep inside Iraqi territory.

IranSource by Sina Azodi and Ali Dadpay

Iran Middle East

Tue, Mar 30, 2021

An Iranian cleric, rights activist, and hacker entered a room—on Clubhouse

It sounds like the beginning of a joke but in reality, that’s what happened recently in a Clubhouse chatroom discussing whether or not the hijab should remain mandatory in Iran.

IranSource by Holly Dagres

Iran Middle East

Mon, Mar 29, 2021

Why would anyone—including Mohammad Javad Zarif—want to be Iran’s president?

Zarif might seem highly qualified to be president of Iran. However, it remains uncertain whether he has the temperament, the talent, and the stomach for the bear pit of electoral politics.

IranElections2021 by John Limbert

Iran Middle East