The Odyssey of Iranian Sociologists Under Pressure

On April 6, 2020, a letter arrived in the mailbox of the International Sociological Association, where I serve as a member of the executive committee. Signed by Hossein Serajzadeh, president of the Iranian Sociological Association, the letter calls attention to the combined impact of US-imposed economic sanctions and the COVID-19 pandemic on the profession of Iranian sociology. The situation is dire, wrote Serajzadeh, as he invited international colleagues to stand in solidarity with their Iranian counterparts against the sanctions. ...

Interview with Massoud Fathi

The goal is to improve the relationship among these forces, as well as to create a platform for inviting other Republican forces to join these collaborations and to unite with them. ...

Interview with Mr. Koroush Parsa

Currently, the Islamic republic and Iranian people are primarily dealing with the adverse effects of the corona pandemic. The regime and people has been dealing with the effects of sanctions on one hand and as such as resources are getting extremely limited, the public has zoomed in on the corruption and combined effect is continuous delegitimization of the Islamic Republic. ...

Video: The Queen @ the Coup in Iran

Video: The Queen @ the Coup in Iran ...

A New documentary on the 1953 Coup

On June 14, 2020 the British Channel Four broadcast a documentary about the 1953 coup against Prime Minister Mohammad Mossaddeq entitled “The Queen and the Coup.” ...

A tale of two Americas, a tale of two Irans

As an activist of Iranian heritage living in Washington DC, it has been interesting to observe the wave of protests across the United States through the lens of someone who has documented mass protests in Iran and campaigned for Iranian human rights for over a decade. ...

Golriz Ghahraman: 'I feel such sorrow when I imagine my parents' fate'

The Iranian-born New Zealand MP describes a ‘central heartbreak’ of being a migrant child in this exclusive extract from her book Know Your Place ...

Interview with Mr. Ali Arab

In studying human rights issues in Iran there are two general themes that we should consider: First one is the systematic issues underpinned by laws and regulations which remain generally unchanged with occasional improvements or setbacks. The problems in the area of laws and regulations are fundamental and rooted in the constitution and the Islamic penal code with no prospects of change or improvements in sight. ...

Interview with Mr. Hormoz Houshmand

The regime is in a severe financial, health and legitimacy crisis and counting to be able to negotiate with US after US elections and not before. ...

The new man of power in Iran’s parliament

According to an old dictum, the best leaders are those who don’t ask for the job. By such logic, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, the fifty-eight-year-old who became the new speaker of the Iranian parliament on May 28, is not very qualified. The conservative soldier-cum-politician has never hidden his ambitions for power. His ascendancy to the top legislative position in the country comes after three failed runs for the presidency in 2005, 2013, and 2017. ...