Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Banned Iranian Directors Are In Competition For Top Berlin Film Festival Prize

By Ahmad Rafat A movie by two Iranian directors currently facing a travel ban is in competition for the top prize at the Berlin Film Festival, or Berlinale, which is due to be held from Feb....

ANALYSIS: Islamic Republic’s Strikes Against Pakistan Are Strategic Blunder

By Ahmad Rafat The Islamic Republic’s recent missile and drone attacks on neighboring countries are part of its broader plan to establish itself as a regional power. These missile strikes and other operations conducted by...

ANALYSIS: Was ISIS the True Perpetrator of the Deadly Kerman Attacks?

By Ahmad Rafat Iranian intelligence agencies have blamed Daesh (ISIS) and even Israel for the two bomb attacks on Jan. 3, which killed 90 people and injured 200 in the southeastern province of Kerman. Yet...

ANALYSIS: Red Sea Ship Attacks Could Trigger All-Out Middle East War

By Ahmad Rafat A dangerous power struggle is unfolding in the Red Sea caused by recent developments. The “Axis of Resistance,” led by the Islamic Republic, is posing a major economic challenge to the Western...

Islamic Republic’s Human Rights Violations Come Under International Scrutiny

By Ahmad Rafat The violation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran has become the focus of intense international attention in the past few weeks. On Dec.10, coinciding with World Human Rights Day in...

Islamic Republic Faces Powerful New Wave of Protests, Labor Strikes

By Ahmad Rafat A new wave of protests and strikes by various trade unions and guilds has spread throughout Iran in the past few weeks. This wave differs in many important respects from the demonstrations...

Iranian Asylum Seekers in Turkey Face Potential Threat of Extradition to Iran 

By Ahmad Rafat The situation of Iranian refugees in Turkey is deteriorating, with Turkish authorities reportedly entering into secret agreements with the Islamic Republic to return some refugees to Iran. This has raised concerns that those...

Attempted Killing Of Spanish Politician Raises Questions About Islamic Republic’s Role

By Ahmad Rafat Spain has arrested three suspects -- including two Spaniards and a British woman -- in connection with the attempted assassination of Alejo Vidal Cuadras, the founder of Spain's right-wing VOX party and...

Iranian Filmmakers, Actresses Defy Regime In Aftermath of Protests

By Ahmad Rafat and Firouzeh Nordstrom Since the start of the ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ movement in 2022, Iranian cinema has entered a new phase unparalleled in the past four and a half decades. Independent filmmakers...

ANALYSIS: What Exactly Is Iran’s Strategy in the Israel-Gaza Crisis?

By Ahmad Rafat   The war in Gaza will end, eventually. While Israel will undoubtedly win the military battle, it is unclear what fate awaits Gaza once the conflict has ended. What is certain is that...