The Language of RegimeApril 2016
The journalist on reporting from a post-revolutionary Iran and tracing the rich ferment of its intellectual and social history.
Ratik Asokan: The Reality of ConjectureMarch 2016
Asghar Farhadi’s cinematic legacy.
Bridey Heing: When the Lobbying Underdogs Get AheadNovember 2015
A look at how the Iran Deal was made possible by unlikely groups.
Greg Grandin: Debacle, Inc.September 2015
How Henry Kissinger helped create our “proliferated” world.
David Bromwich: Playing the Long Game on IranAugust 2015
The neoconservatives, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Republicans game the system.
Noam Chomsky: “The Iranian Threat”August 2015
Who is the gravest danger to world peace?
Peter Van Buren: The Balance of Power in the Middle East Just ChangedJuly 2015
U.S.-Iranian relations emerge from a thirty-year cold war for the better.
Richard Falk: Israel’s Former President Underestimates Turkey and IranJune 2015
Iran is not evil and Turkey was never in danger of becoming evil.
Peter Van Buren: The Iranian AscendancyApril 2015
Twelve years later, we know the winner in Iraq: Iran.
How to Be a Woman in TehranMarch 2015
Boundaries of Gender: I stay because, as my mother never stopped repeating, I am my own woman, but also my own man.
Norman Solomon: CIA Evidence from Whistleblower Trial Could Tilt Iran Nuclear TalksFebruary 2015
The Jeffrey Sterling trial shows the U.S. government to be committed to deception about the Iranian nuclear program.
Tom Engelhardt: What if it Weren’t Us?December 2014
Russians invade Afghanistan (again!), Chinese fight Iraq War (again!).
Peter Van Buren: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?October 2014
Seven worst-case scenarios in the battle with the Islamic State.
Michael Klare: Obama’s New Oil WarsOctober 2014
Washington wields the oil weapon.
Payam Feili: Walking on WaterSeptember 2014
Flash Fiction: My mother is the goddess of the seas. My fetus still floats in her womb.
Sarah Shourd: Torture Chambers of the MindSeptember 2014
We think using harsh prison punishment makes us safer. It doesn’t.
Lawrence Wilkerson: Call TehranAugust 2014
Colin Powell's former adviser says the solution to the crisis in Iraq is to craft a new balance of power
Prison Journal of a Child BrideAugust 2014
At times I wonder whether they considered me a human being or a lamb to sacrifice for their own good.
Dahr Jamail: A Nation on the BrinkJuly 2014
How America's policies sealed Iraq's fate.
The AyatollahsMay 2014
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author looks inside 1979’s subterfuge and the lead-up to the Iran-Contra scandal.
Richard Falk: A Meeting with Ayatollah KhomeiniFebruary 2014
A conversation with Khomeini, 35 years past.
Tina Hassannia: An Iranian in ParisDecember 2013
Asghar Farhadi’s The Past raises questions about what makes a film Iranian and how we should treat that category in the first place
Bob Dreyfuss: A Field Guide to Losing Friends, Influencing No One, and Alienating the Middle EastNovember 2013
Don’t think for a second that Washington’s ineffectiveness stops with the ongoing Syrian fiasco.
The House on Iran StreetSeptember 2013
A map showed a tiny airplane, a jagged line trailing it, seemingly hovering over a dot named "Teheran."
A Hoopoe’s Unguiding NarrativeAugust 2013
An Iranian writer finds meaning and meaninglessness in the fact of her Jewish roots.
Sebastian Rotella: The Terror Threat and Iran’s Inroads in Latin AmericaJuly 2013
Chavez is dead and Ahmadinejad is out of office, but the ties that bind Venezuela and Iran are still strong.
Noam Chomsky: Humanity ImperiledJune 2013
The path to disaster.
Nick Turse: Nuclear Terror in the Middle EastMay 2013
Lethality beyond the pale.
Ira Chernus: Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes ClosedApril 2013
When it comes to Israel, Palestine, and Iran, it could all come crashing down.
Give Hostages to FortuneApril 2013
I thought about her son in Tehran and if he were still alive, what he would do to Sheila. Lying in bed, I replayed the scene from earlier that day and wished that I’d answered Sheila’s blows with punches of my own, wished that I’d defended Mrs. Azam.
Tom Engelhardt: American Anniversaries from HellMarch 2013
What you don’t know can hurt you.
Peter Van Buren: Mission UnaccomplishedMarch 2013
Why the invasion of Iraq was the single worst foreign policy decision in American history.
Salar Abdoh: A Hanging at the House of ArtistsFebruary 2013
The public execution of two petty thieves sends a message to Tehran's artists and intellectuals. A dispatch from the gallows.
Justin Elliott: How a Government Report Spread a Questionable Claim About IranJanuary 2013
Dubious sources lead to a vast overestimation of Iran's intelligence agency.
Jeremiah Goulka: The Dogs of War Are BarkingNovember 2012
Would a President Mitt Romney be primed for military action in Iran?
Throw Forever to the FleasOctober 2012
This was Clyde’s third Ramadan, but his first alone.
Justin Elliott: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ GroupSeptember 2012
Bernstein was paid $12,000 for remarks in which he challenged the State Department to show evidence the Mujahadin-e Khalq should still be designated a terrorist organization.
Richard Falk: Nuclear Weapons in the Middle EastJuly 2012
What is the best way to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon?
William D. Hartung: Beyond Nuclear DenialJuly 2012
Nuclear weapons don't get the attention that they once did, but they're still very much a part of our world.
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett: Deep-Sixing the China OptionJune 2012
Could Richard Nixon hold the keys to fixing the Obama administration's Iran problems?
Tomas Hachard: The Red InkJune 2012
What happens when censorship becomes an artistic device?
Juan Cole: Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global DisasterApril 2012
The U.S. is pursuing serious multilateral sanctions against Iran, and this isn't the first time.
Devil in the BottleFebruary 2012 She tried not to look at the dead body lying only a few steps away in front of the Berkeh and under her breath prayed to the prophet Mohammad that Faraj had nothing to do with it.
[One night, opening in foil] and SonnetNovember 2011 But no one can / hold a hope so long—there’s relief.
BijanNovember 2011 The spark of attraction he felt for Farideh could grow into a steady flame, he was sure now.
Myth About MythsNovember 2011 The Iranian writer on the tension between artists and intellectuals, the power of mysticism, and the long-lasting effects of the 1979 revolution.
The Lioness of IranOctober 2011 Iran’s most prominent poet, a two-time Nobel nominee, on the greatest epic in history, the nightmare of censorship, and why her country will eventually achieve democracy.
because I hate your every-now-and-then anthems, / because I hate the smell of your socks in the stone mihrabs.
Fighting Flags, a SlideshowJune 2010 A year after the Green Movement in Iran (and the day after Flag Day in the United States), an Iranian-American artist with 44 flags wonders where to call home. A slideshow
Staff Pick: Jordan HirschJune 2009 As the crisis in Iran has unfolded, one book has received numerous mentions across the blogosphere: Amir Taheri’s The Persian Night: Iran under the Khomeinist Revolution.
The Limits to My Self-ImportanceJanuary 2009 The neo-conservative who coined “axis of evil” on how writing for the president is like writing for the movies, the administration’s “departures from the law,” and why the president should have brought in Democrats.
The WavesBy Salar Abdoh
It wasn't him they were so worried about. It was the half dozen grenades still wrapped to his wetsuit.
Thirty-Seventh of Tales of The NamelessBy Alimorad Fadaienia, translated from the Persian by Iraj Anvar with Paul Glass
We went to a cafe I knew near the bookstore. I tried to please him by saying, they have excellent coffee here.