Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Iran Fatwa: the Meaning of the Attack on Salman Rushdie

What the Rushdie Attack Means

Since the attack on the novelist, Iran’s newspapers have kept up a steady stream of invective against Rushdie. To understand why Tehran persists in criticizing Rushdie even after the death of Khomeini, it is essential to understand where the fatwa sits in its current identity.

After Soleimani

After Soleimani

The height of Iran’s influence — at least as presently expressed through the IRGC — has probably passed. Whether we’ve entered a period of stasis or decline is as yet unclear, but the latter seems more probable.