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Catching up: Iran

After a much-needed break, I’m going to try to get back to some regular blogging. But in order to do that, I’ve got to make some sense of what’s been going on while I’ve been away–for my own sake far more than for yours. 2,175 more words

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Glavin: Canada's outrageous Iran complex

In the matter of respectable opinion on the subject of last weekend’s sham elections in Iran, a new kind of Canadian consensus can be discerned from the headlines. 1,218 more words

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My Iran election primer, at Medium

I just posted a primer for tomorrow’s Iranian elections at Medium:

The parliamentary elections are important  — a less hardline parliament means more space for Rouhani to implement his domestic agenda (although even an outright reformist parliament would be subject to being overriden by the Guardians’ Council and the Supreme Leader), and a more hardline parliament means Rouhani will struggle to get much done before he has to stand for reelection next year.

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Pretend democracy

I wanted to write a post this week about how there are actually signs that moderates are gaining some traction in Iranian politics for the first time since Hassan Rouhani was elected president, but you know what? 1,334 more words

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Iran releases four U.S. prisoners, including Washington Post journalist held on espionage charges

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state television announced Saturday that the government had freed four dual-nationality prisoners, and a person close to Iran’s judiciary confirmed to The Associated Press that Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was one of them. 722 more words

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Iran frees four U.S. prisoners, including Washington Post reporter held on espionage charges

By Ali Akbar Dareini, The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state television announced Saturday that the government had freed four dual-nationality prisoners, and a person close to Iran’s judiciary confirmed to The Associated Press that Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian was one of them. 712 more words

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Implementation day approaches, but don't expect a dramatic turnaround

Earlier this week it was reported that Iran has taken the core out of its heavy-water nuclear reactor at Arak and filled it with concrete. The deputy director of Iran’s nuclear program later… 826 more words

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