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Archive for the ‘political analysis’ Category

Reporting from the Frontline

Tehran Bureau | June 12, 2010 By HAMID FAROKHNIA of Iran Labor Report/Tehran Bureau: After months of deafening silence, especially following disappointments for the Green Movement associated with the February 11 (22 Bahman) events, many thousands of Iranians defied the ban on public demonstrations and marched peacefully through the streets today. Clashes and marches were […]

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Backstage at Friday Prayers

Khomeini commemoration marked by heckling of grandson, blunders by Khamenei. By by HAMID FAROKHNIA of Iran Labor Report in Tehran This article first appeared in tehranbureau An independent source of news on Iran and the Iranian diaspora [ analysis ] Whether or not street protests continue to define the struggle against dictatorship, the birth of […]

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Tehran’s Annus Mirabilis

Hamid Farokhnia,  staff writer at Iran Labor Report This article first appeared at The stunning birth and flowering of Iran’s democratic movement this past year has largely been the work of  Tehran’s courageous residents. These battle-weary street fighters are now taking a well-deserved vacation from politics during the holiday season of Nowruz, the Iranian New […]

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Disclaimer statement

On February 12, a statement appeared on various Iranian websites, including Balatarin, which is one of the largest Persian-speaking community websites in the world, in the form of a poster.  The poster called for solidarity with the imprisoned leader of Tehran’s bus drivers union, Mansoor Osanloo, through acts of civil disobedience beginning on March 4 […]

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Farewell to a Favorite Son

While the tenacity and courage of Tehran protesters on December 28 Ashura street skirmishes has dazzled most observers of the Iranian political scene, it would be a mistake to allow these events to overshadow the legacy of ayatollah  who died not too long ago under rather suspicious circumstances. Ayatollah Montazeri was not just a footnote […]

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Ahmadinejad a Progressive?

There is a fiction going about in some progressive circles around the world according to which Ahmadinejad is a great nationalist crusader, that he is a champion of the poor and that he is a man of the people. This is certainly shocking to the ears of most Iranians (including many Iranian workers) who consider their president to be a demagogue and a petty dictator. Let’s look at the facts in detail

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