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  • Iran: Government Says, “Overweight? Try Prison”

    Prof. Scott Lucas   From Press TV, “Ahmadinejad aide says jail improves health condition”: Amid concerns over health conditions and treatment of Iran’s post-vote detainees, an aide to the Iranian president moves to defuse the controversy by saying that serving time in prison helps you understand the importance of keeping your weight under control. Ali-Akbar

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  • US Sanctions and Iran

    Scott Lucas, Prof.   Throughout the Iran crisis, we have referred to US-based efforts to manipulate the conflict for a much different objective: confronting Iran over its nuclear programme.   Part of our annoyance is that this objective — whether cynical or disingenuous — demeans the issues of importance to Iranians. There is potentially, however

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  • Iran: The “40th Day” Memorial and the Inauguration

    Scott Lucas, Prof. The political scene in Iran is always shifting, but an hour last night brought dramatic evidence of the trends, not only in Opposition v. Government but also within the shaky Ahmadinejad Administration. The news emerged, first through Mir Hossein Mousavi’s websites, then through the Iranian press, that the “40th Day” memorial would

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  • Iran Deaths: A Further Word on the Figures

    Scott Lucas, Prof.  Earlier this week I wrote, as part of our posts on the casualties and detentions in the post-election conflict in Iran, about a figure of 245 deaths put forward by the on-line journalist and activist Fintan Dunne. While I valued Mr Dunne’s efforts to pin down the story, especially in light of

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  • My (Dutch) Kingdom for Iraq

    Giles Scott-Smith Iraq 2003 is becoming ancient history within the Anglo-Saxon political world, as all the commissions have reported, the questions have been answered (as far as we know), and attention shifts big time to Afghanistan.   In contrast the Iraq war continues to cause shock waves across European politics. Revelations over the previous two

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  • Text: Mousavi Letter to Guardian Council

    Scott Lucas, Prof.   This weekend, candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, in the context both of the Guardian Council’s purported recount of 10% of the Presidential vote and its appointment of a “special committee” to conduct an enquiry into the electoral process, wrote a letter calling for an annulment of the election and a new vote.

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  • Israeli President’s Azerbaijan Trip Breaks New Ground

    Breffni O’Rourke As part of a strategy by Israel to improve relations with moderate, secular countries of the Islamic world, President Shimon Peres is visiting Azerbaijan on June 28. In the first trip by an Israeli head of state to Azerbaijan, Peres will hold talks with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and other officials. Azerbaijan is of key importance

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  • Iran: Detained Iranian Politicians and Journalists

    Scott Lucas   Tehran Bureau has posted the following list. Many of the names have also been confirmed by other sources and our correspondents. In addition, Tehran Bureau profiles journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari , who was working for Newsweek when he was arrested this weekend:   Politicians   Dr. Mohsen Aminzadeh: Member of the

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  • Iran: A Preview of Tomorrow’s Presidential Election

    Scott Lucas   n Enduring America on 12 February, Chris Emery evaluated the announcement of former President Mohammad Khatami that he would stand in June’s election. He wrote, “[It is] an error…to link Khatami’s entry to the tentative prospect of normalised relations between Iran and the US,” and focused on internal dynamics of Iranian politics: “It had been widely

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  • The Ottoman Revival

    Yigal Schleifer urkish nationalism goes back to the future. One clear day in February, when Ali Babacan visited Yemen, his hosts brought him to a centuries-old, mud-brick building outside Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. There, about a dozen tribal leaders were waiting for the Turkish foreign minister with curved daggers drawn. If Babacan was at first

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  • The Power Politics Surrounding Iran

    Scott Lucas hirvin Zeinalzadeh, who writes on Iranian affairs for Enduring America, evaluates the significance of Tehran’s firing of a solid-fuel missile last week: Iran last week successfully test-fired the controversial solid fuel ‘Sejjil 2’ missile, ahead of the upcoming Iranian Presidential elections and with prominent publicity and international attention. The immediate reaction from Israeli

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