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I didn’t know they cared

When an Iranian official expresses concern for the safety and security of Israel, it’s time to count the diplomatic and political silverware– or something.
[Deputy Foreign Minister] Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted by Iranian media, in what would be a rare confirmation of Iran-US discussions over Isis, as saying Iran had warned Washington that Israel would [...]

Who’d have guessed?

Participants in the recent Tehran “anti-Zionist” conference were shocked– shocked!– to find extremism and antisemitism going on.
Update: In case anyone is unfamiliar with the original:

Guess who turned up for “anti-Zionist” conference in Tehran?

Israel-haters, conspiracy theorists and Holocaust deniers have concluded a three-day conference in Tehran aimed at exposing Zionist control of– well, just about everything.
Among the reported attendees who may be familiar to Harry’s Place readers:
–9/11 truther Wayne Madsen.
–Anglican vicar Stephen Sizer.
–All-around nutjob Kevin Barrett.
–Nuttierjob Ken O’Keefe.
–Antisemitic French “comedian” Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala.
Medea Benjamin of the cringe-inducing American [...]

Ghoncheh Ghavami imprisoned after trying to watch Iran play volleyball

Cross-posted from Potkin Azarmehr at For a democratic secular Iran

On 20th June this year, Ghoncheh Ghavami had gone along to watch Iran’s national volleyball team play against the Italian side. In any normal country, this would have been a joyous event, but in Iran for Ghoncheh and other women it carried a risk. Women are [...]

Khamenei still pissed off at 2009 “seditionists”

Remember back in 2009, when millions of Iranians took to the streets to protest a rigged presidential election and demand genuine democracy– until their uprising was brutally crushed by the ruling regime?
One popular chant of the demonstrators– rejecting the regime’s emphasis on support for Israel’s enemies Hamas and Hezbollah– was “Not Gaza, not Lebanon, I’ll [...]

Solidarity from the Islamic world

I hope Israelis can find some encouragement in these photos, posted as part of an “I Stand with Israel” Facebook campaign.

Go, Iran!

I think Iran’s participation in the World Cup is making the country’s rulers a little nervous.
First the authorities banned public gatherings (in cafes, restaurants and elsewhere) to watch the matches (although it seems that ban is being ignored).
Then a YouTube video appeared featuring Iranian fans at the World Cup expressing forbidden (i.e., friendly) feelings [...]

Fisk of Peter Oborne’s latest article.

This is a guest post by Mugwump
I’ve quoted several academics and scholars at length because they make the point far better than I do. I’m going to start with a claim that Oborne makes at the end of his article:
“Again and again since the 9/11 attack on the twin towers in 2001, the Iranians have [...]

Iranians arrested for being “Happy”

Aside from the bravery of those who made this video (and who are now under arrest on charges of excessive happiness), what’s most startling about it is to see young Iranians smiling and laughing.

Update: The Iranian authorities have apparently coerced the people in the video into claiming that they were tricked into making it.
Update: They’ve [...]

In the shadow of his father

Guest post by DaveM
Lebanese journalist Hussein Abdul Hussein has written an excellent article in Asharq Alawsat. It’s about how most of us have misunderstood how totalitarian regimes work. The assumption has been that as they’re based on secure institutions and powerful security and intelligence networks, it doesn’t really matter who the leader is; the system [...]