Monthly archives: March, 2014

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Khamenei’s Nowruz address highlights Iran’s culture war

This past week Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave his annual address in Mashhad, after having unveiled that the Iranian calendar year of 1393 will henceforth be known as the year of “Economy and Culture with National Determination & Jihadi Management” in his annual Nowruz television address. These names are supposed to give each…



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Ali Motahari criticizes the IRGC’s political and economic influence

Maverick Iranian parliamentarian Ali Motahari has once again stirred controversy with a recent interview (originally published in the Nowruz edition of Etemad newspaper and republished elsewhere) in which he touched on a number of issues facing Iran, including what he considered the undue political and economic influence of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the…



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Détente, not Rapprochement (Part 1): The Islamic Republic of Iran’s policy in the Syrian Civil War

IranPolitik co-founder Farzan Sabet has published the first of a two part series for the Geneva-based Pierre du Bois Foundation’s Current Affairs in Perspective series: “Iran, a central actor in both of these dramas, has been engaged in intense diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland, with the E3+3 (Great Britain, France, and Germany, plus the United States,…



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Ashton’s visit underlines the nuclear negotiations versus human rights dichotomy in Iranian politics

European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton’s visit to Iran has once again helped demonstrate the dichotomy between P5+1-Iran nuclear negotiations, which most of the Islamic Republic’s political currents appear to have a tentative consensus on, and the issue of human rights in Iran, which is likely to be a majour arena of domestic conflict. For…



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Soft War: The 2014 Fajr International Film Festival

On February 1st to 11th, 2014, the Islamic Republic of Iran held its 32nd Annual Fajr International Film Festival. Despite restrictive state policies and limited financial support for the arts since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, the arts scene in Iran is nonetheless very dynamic. Iranian cinema in particular has been a key source of…



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Iran Cyber Front: Culture minister signals possible changes in Iran’s cyber policies

Could the Islamic Republic of Iran be taking a new approach to cyberspace, and some media freedoms more broadly? It is perhaps too soon to tell, but recent comments by the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati have raised hopes that the regime may in fact be moving in this direction. Speaking to…