Wednesday, April 24, 2024

ANALYSIS: ISIS Khorasan Poses A Real Danger to Global Security

By Ahmad Rafat The Islamic State-Khorasan Province (IS-KP), also known as ISIS Khorasan or ISIS-K, has made global headlines since the terrorist attack on the concert hall in Krasnogorsk, near Moscow, which killed 143 people...

Designer Taherpour Says He Got Death Threats From Office of Iran’s President 

By Ahmad Rafat Saman Taherpour, an Iranian artist, designer, and entrepreneur based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the founder of Kiani Concept company, has received death threats from individuals claiming to represent the Office of the...

ANALYSIS: Who Will Succeed Ali Khamenei as Iran’s Supreme Leader? 

By Ahmad Rafat   Elections for the 16th Majlis (Iranian Parliament) and for the sixth Assembly of Experts (which has the power to appoint Iran’s Supreme Leader) were held on March 1 in Iran. These elections marked...

Islamic Republic Executed 834 People In 2023, Up 43% From 2022, Report Says

By Ahmad Rafat The Iranian authorities intensified their use of the death penalty in the aftermath of nationwide protests, executing a staggering 834 people in 2023, a 43 percent increase from the year before, according...

ANALYSIS: Islamic Republic Elections Draw Worst-Ever Turnout

By Ahmad Rafat Elections for the Majlis (Iranian Parliament) and the sixth Assembly of Experts (which has the power to appoint Iran’s Supreme Leader) were held on March 1. According to official data, the recent election...

ANALYSIS: Many Iranians Plan to Boycott March 1 Parliamentary Elections

By Ahmad Rafat Elections for the Iranian Parliament and for the sixth Assembly of Experts (which has the power to appoint Iran’s Supreme Leader) are due to be held on March 1. The candidates in...

ANALYSIS: Why Sweden Was Silent About Iran’s Alleged Assassination Plots

By Ahmad Rafat On Feb. 15, Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Lennart Billstrom publicly denounced the Iranian government’s involvement in a plot to assassinate three Swedish Jewish citizens. In a conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian,...

ANALYSIS: Why the U.S. Is Avoiding Direct Military Confrontation With Iran

By Ahmad Rafat The U.S. has launched a series of retaliatory strikes on the military bases of Iran-backed groups in the Middle East. The U.S. military has used its supersonic strategic heavy B1 bombers to...

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...