Tag: iran

The Language of Regime

April 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 Conjecture

March 2016

Asghar Farhadi’s cinematic legacy.

Bridey Heing: When the Lobbying Underdogs Get Ahead

November 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 Iran

August 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 Changed

July 2015

U.S.-Iranian relations emerge from a thirty-year cold war for the better.

Richard Falk: Israel’s Former President Underestimates Turkey and Iran

June 2015

Iran is not evil and Turkey was never in danger of becoming evil.

Peter Van Buren: The Iranian Ascendancy

April 2015

Twelve years later, we know the winner in Iraq: Iran.

How to Be a Woman in Tehran

March 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 Talks

February 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 Wars

October 2014

Washington wields the oil weapon.

Payam Feili: Walking on Water

September 2014

Flash Fiction: My mother is the goddess of the seas. My fetus still floats in her womb.

Sarah Shourd: Torture Chambers of the Mind

September 2014

We think using harsh prison punishment makes us safer. It doesn’t.

Lawrence Wilkerson: Call Tehran

August 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 Bride

August 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 Brink

July 2014

How America's policies sealed Iraq's fate.

The Ayatollahs

May 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 Khomeini

February 2014

A conversation with Khomeini, 35 years past.

Tina Hassannia: An Iranian in Paris

December 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 East

November 2013

Don’t think for a second that Washington’s ineffectiveness stops with the ongoing Syrian fiasco.

The House on Iran Street

September 2013

A map showed a tiny airplane, a jagged line trailing it, seemingly hovering over a dot named "Teheran."

A Hoopoe’s Unguiding Narrative

August 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 America

July 2013

Chavez is dead and Ahmadinejad is out of office, but the ties that bind Venezuela and Iran are still strong.

Noam Chomsky: Humanity Imperiled

June 2013

The path to disaster.

Nick Turse: Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

May 2013

Lethality beyond the pale.

Ira Chernus: Obama Walks the High Wire, Eyes Closed

April 2013

When it comes to Israel, Palestine, and Iran, it could all come crashing down.

Give Hostages to Fortune

April 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 Hell

March 2013

What you don’t know can hurt you.

Peter Van Buren: Mission Unaccomplished

March 2013

Why the invasion of Iraq was the single worst foreign policy decision in American history.

Salar Abdoh: A Hanging at the House of Artists

February 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 Iran

January 2013

Dubious sources lead to a vast overestimation of Iran's intelligence agency.

Jeremiah Goulka: The Dogs of War Are Barking

November 2012

Would a President Mitt Romney be primed for military action in Iran?

Throw Forever to the Fleas

October 2012

This was Clyde’s third Ramadan, but his first alone.

Justin Elliott: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group

September 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 East

July 2012

What is the best way to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon?

William D. Hartung: Beyond Nuclear Denial

July 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 Option

June 2012

Could Richard Nixon hold the keys to fixing the Obama administration's Iran problems?

Tomas Hachard: The Red Ink

June 2012

What happens when censorship becomes an artistic device?

Juan Cole: Why Washington’s Iran Policy Could Lead to Global Disaster

April 2012

The U.S. is pursuing serious multilateral sanctions against Iran, and this isn't the first time.

Devil in the Bottle

February 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 Sonnet

November 2011 But no one can / hold a hope so long—there’s relief.


November 2011 The spark of attraction he felt for Farideh could grow into a steady flame, he was sure now.

Myth About Myths

November 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 Iran

October 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.


September 2010

because I hate your every-now-and-then anthems, / because I hate the smell of your socks in the stone mihrabs.

Fighting Flags, a Slideshow

June 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 Hirsch

June 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-Importance

January 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 Waves

By Salar Abdoh
September 2005

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 Nameless

By Alimorad Fadaienia, translated from the Persian by Iraj Anvar with Paul Glass
October 2004

We went to a cafe I knew near the bookstore. I tried to please him by saying, they have excellent coffee here.