• 2022-12-28

    How a massacre at a protest turned Molavi Abdolhamid into an unlikely advocate of social change

  • 2022-12-28

    The recent months-long wave of unrest that engulfed Iran would have toppled any other government. But Iran weathered the storm with fewer casualties and damages. A top Iranian general revealed how Iran succeeded in doing so.

  • 2022-12-28

    Consequent upon the Ukraine war, as the Sea of Azov becomes an inland sea for Russia, bracketed by the Crimean Peninsula and the mouth of the River Don, the sea and rail networks of the region extend to Iranian hubs on the Caspian Sea and ultimately lead to the Indian Ocean. A feature article in Bloomberg last week titled Russia and Iran Are Building a Trade Route That Defies Sanctions brings to centre stage this “sanctions-busting” project in the region.

  • 2022-12-28

    Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the first Chinese Consulate-General in Iran’s southern port city of Bandar Abbas on 21 December, Ambassador Chang Hua affirmed China’s support for Iran’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Hua stressed that Beijing sees its relations with the Islamic Republic “from a strategic point of view” and is committed to strengthening its comprehensive partnership with Tehran.

  • 2022-12-28

    (The Institute for National Security Studies; Tel Aviv University) The wave of protests that broke out in the Islamic Republic this past September has ebbed somewhat, and at present there seems little threat to the regime. However, this does not mean that the regime of the ayatollahs can rest easy – revolutionary winds continue to blow, and without changes, the gaps between the regime and the civilian population will continue to widen

  • 2022-12-28

    In a narrative crafted by various political and intellectual currents, the “Iranian Instagram” is often presented as a means of depoliticising the attitudes and behaviours of the Iranian people, with its users engaging in vulgar content, falling for false news and claims, cursing at famous figures, and morbidly posting accounts of the more attractive sides of their daily lives. This same formulation is used by the conservative movement (also called the Principalists movement) to realise their policy of "organisation" and "protection" of the Internet. Using comparable language, pro-change political currents also direct users to ostensibly more political platforms, such as Twitter and Clubhouse. However, if this is the case, why has Instagram become one of the most prominent platforms for expressing and even organising political protests in the “Mahsa Moment?”

  • 2022-12-28

    During a visit to Muscat, Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian delivered a letter from President Ebrahim Raisi that stressed the importance of advanced bilateral cooperation

  • 2022-12-27

    The number of street demonstrations in Iran has decreased in recent weeks – but they have not gone away, defying some of the early predictions that they would fade, and yet also failing to shake the foundations of the Islamic republic. If anything, the protest movement has proven to be resilient. It has now been more than 100 days since the protests erupted across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police in September for alleged non-compliance with a mandatory dress code for women.The number of street demonstrations in Iran has decreased in recent weeks – but they have not gone away, defying some of the early predictions that they would fade, and yet also failing to shake the foundations of the Islamic republic. If anything, the protest movement has proven to be resilient. It has now been more than 100 days since the protests erupted across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by morality police in September for alleged non-compliance with a mandatory dress code for women.

  • 2022-12-26

    The Public Prosecutor of Tehran says the number of detainees who took part in the recent riots in the capital was very small. The Public Prosecutor of Tehran, Ali Al-Qasi Mehr, announced that 83% of the people who were arrested during the recent riots in Tehran province have been released.

  • 2022-12-25

    The state visit of Chinese President Xi to Saudi Arabia is not solely about oil, but it is about showing the United States that new geopolitical allies have been found.

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