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The Death of an Iranian President Affirms a Lesson From History: The Establishment Comes First

Same as the Old Boss

Between Khamenei's election and the moment of the helicopter crash in East Azerbaijan, a clear path was established in Iran. The state and system proved stronger than any individual, even Khomeini, the man who initiated the 1979 revolution.

The Fiasco of Iranian Diaspora Politics

A Movement Cut Short

Amid new crackdowns and the threat of war, Iranians, both in Iran and across the diaspora, are asking why the Woman, Life, Freedom movement failed and the Islamic Republic endures. Their hopes for change depend on an organized and effectively led political alternative that has yet to emerge.

Iran’s Dissenting Voices Are Being Targeted Online

Iran’s Dissenting Voices Are Being Targeted Online

Over the past few decades, the Iranian regime has developed both well-known cyberwarfare units — such as “Charming Kitten” — and more shadowy entities for psychological operations. While the former have received plenty of international attention, the latter have largely operated under the radar.

Women, Life, Freedom: Iran’s Protest Movement Today — With Arash Azizi

Women, Life, Freedom: Iran’s Protest Movement Today — With Arash Azizi

The 2022 “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement in Iran wasn’t able to change the government, Arash Azizi tells New Lines’ Danny Postel on The Lede, “but I think the movement really opened up questions of political change and the political future of the Islamic Republic in an unprecedented way. … It certainly made a mark on Iranian political history, and it will definitely color all future attempts for change.”

The Curious Case of the Kerman Attacks

The Curious Case of the Kerman Attacks

The Iranian authorities appeared confused about whom to blame for the Kerman attacks. There is little evidence or precedent for their claim that Israel is likely to have been behind them, but the regime remains hopeful that Iranians will draw together in a response of national unity.

In Iran, Journalism Is Still Alive but Hanging by a Thread

In Iran, Journalism Is Still Alive but Hanging by a Thread

In a stultifying climate of fear, as the state jockeys to stamp out every hint of heterogeneity in the press corps, a chorus of young, educated and smart reporters has kept the flames of ethical journalism alive, defying the myth that Iran’s news industry has gone extinct.

Iranians Have Become Desensitized to the Question of Palestine

Iranians Have Become Desensitized to the Question of Palestine

If there was a genuine national consensus at the dawn of Iran's 1979 revolution that resistance to Israel’s policies was a moral and human responsibility, that commitment has since been shredded, thanks to the excesses of the Islamic Republic. From the perspective of the younger generations, Palestine is merely a playground where the leadership maneuvers to beef up its clout in the Muslim world.