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Babylon & BeyondInstead of inspiring the nation's artists to ever greater heights, Iran's supreme leader delivered a blunt warning to filmmakers to avoid subjects that challenge his vision of the Islamic Republic. "Our film directors should offer products in which...
Babylon & BeyondOne of the most revered clerics in the Shiite Muslim faith and a spiritual mentor to the Lebanese political organization Hezbollah passed away Sunday in a southern Beirut hospital, the nation’s official news agency reported. Ayatollah Mohammed-Hussein...
Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of the most revered clerics in the Shiite Muslim faith and a one-time spiritual mentor to the Lebanese political organization and militia Hezbollah, has died. He was 74. Fadlallah died Sunday in a southern Beirut...
Tags: Health, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Beirut (Lebanon), Lebanon, Iran
Today's topic: Do the massive protests threaten the regime in Iran? Is this the beginning of the end for the Islamic Republic? The regime has been challenged, but will it change? Point: Matthew Duss Two days ago, I would have simply answered no. I'm...
Riot police attacked hundreds of demonstrators with tear gas and fired live bullets in the air to disperse a rally in central Tehran today, carrying out a threat by the country's most powerful security force to crush any further opposition protests over...
Tags: Demonstration, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Riots, Elections, Fraud
Today's topic: Was the Iran presidential election truly fraudulent, or is there any way incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could have won by a 2-1 margin? Why would the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, show his hand like this? Point: Matthew Duss I think...
Today's topic: With Iran's already farcical democracy now further delegitimized, should the Obama administration adopt a policy toward Tehran more like the Bush administration's? Don't meddle, but help create a template for Iranians to act Point: Michael...
Tags: Russia, Unions, Barack Obama, Democracy, Diplomacy
TEHRAN, Iran -- Witnesses said police fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of protesters who rallied in Tehran Saturday in open defiance of Iran's clerical government, sharply escalating the most serious internal conflict since the 1979 Islamic...
Tags: Demonstration, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Riots, Elections, Death
President Obama is calling for a new beginning between the United States and Muslims. Obama made the declaration during his highly anticipated speech Thursday at Cairo University in Egypt. The speech is an effort to repair relations between Muslims and...
Babylon & BeyondIran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has repeatedly warned the nation's political class to rally behind him, calling the country's domestic troubles a test of their fealty to the Islamic Republic. But in comments reported today, the relatively...
Babylon & BeyondA high-ranking cleric close to both supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared to give religious sanction to the killing of opposition supporters in a fiery Friday prayer sermon. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the head of...
Babylon & BeyondThe 22nd day of the Persian calendar month of Bahman, the date 31 years ago when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared Iran an Islamic republic, is traditionally a time for official patriotic fervor and the unveiling of national achievements. But on......
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