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    1. February 3, 2016

      A dangerous moment for Iran’s theocrats

      For a theocracy, Iran has a remarkable number of elections. But the theocrats are taking no chances. Now that the...

    2. January 20, 2016

      John Kerry and Javad Zarif set an example in the Middle East

      They’re the odd couple in curious diplomatic harmony, two affable men who struck a relationship that transcended the...

    1. January 4, 2016

      Iran’s hardliners seize on embassy attack anger to weaken Rouhani

      They took selfies and posted cheery photos on social media as if they found setting ablaze the Saudi embassy in Tehran...

    2. December 16, 2015

      Hassan Khomeini’s entry into Iran politics sparks hopes of moderate shift

      Looking for a brighter future for Iran, some of its savvier politicians are looking to the past — and pinning their...

    3. November 27, 2015

      Italy hopes to utilise historic Iran ties with trade mission

      Italy is poised to send a large trade delegation to Iran at a time when heightened anti-US rhetoric in the Islamic...

    4. November 23, 2015

      Iran and Russia reiterate support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

      Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Monday that the US had “no right” to remove Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and...

    5. November 6, 2015

      Iran tensions grow ahead of key elections

      When Iran’s centrist president Hassan Rouhani last month entered the Hosseinieh, the hall in central Tehran where...

    6. October 13, 2015

      Iran’s parliament backs nuclear deal

      Iran’s parliament on Tuesday approved the nuclear agreement with world powers but not without tears and fisticuffs that...

    7. September 17, 2015

      Barack Obama gets it right and wrong about Iran

      For Barack Obama the deal ending the nuclear stand-off with Iran was a signal achievement. The question now is whether...

    8. July 18, 2015

      Ayatollah Khamenei vows no change in US and Israel relations

      Iran’s supreme leader and ultimate decision maker Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Saturday that there would be no...

    9. July 15, 2015

      Ayatollah invokes ‘heroic flexibility’ to justify Iran deal

      When he was a 30-year-old cleric, Iran’s supreme leader used the phrase “heroic flexibility” in the subtitle of a book...

    10. July 14, 2015

      Nuclear deal vindicates Hassan Rouhani’s focus on talks with US

      Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s centrist president, said during his election campaign that dealing with the “the village chief”...

    11. The World

      July 14, 2015

      Historic nuclear deal is victory for pragmatism in Tehran

      The day after Vienna won’t look different. More blood will be spilled in the Middle East; more pain will be inflicted....

    12. July 5, 2015

      Iran and world powers edge towards nuclear deal

      Negotiators from Iran and six world powers edged towards a nuclear deal on Sunday as both sides mounted a final...

    13. June 29, 2015

      How to salvage some security from the botched Iran deal

      Israel is not at the table negotiating the deal on Iran’s nuclear programme. Yet it is Israel’s national security,...

    14. June 24, 2015

      Hurdle in Iran nuclear talks harks back to 1980s war with Iraq

      When Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein launched scud missile attacks on Iranian cities in 1984, the Islamic republic was ill...

    15. June 12, 2015

      Censors allow Iran’s book publishers a taste of freedom

      Iran books When Ayatollah Ali Khamenei visited avant-garde publishing houses at a book fair last month, it was the...

    16. May 20, 2015

      Iran rules out foreign inspectors at military sites

      Iran will not allow foreigners to inspect sensitive military sites or quiz its nuclear scientists, Ayatollah Ali...

    17. May 13, 2015

      Art replaces adverts in the Islamic Republic

      ‘A Gallery as Big as a Town’, Tehran It’s the first thing I noticed in Tehran. Rather than seethe at the slow-moving...

    18. May 10, 2015

      Iran’s leadership is a means to the hardliners’ ends

      The credibility of any nuclear agreement between the US and Iran depends on the type of Islamic Republic that emerges...

    19. The World

      April 27, 2015

      The Iran deal that never was

      There was a presidential statement in the Rose Garden of the White House. There were joyous celebrations on the streets...

    20. FT Alphaville

      April 10, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email hereAyatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has accused the US of...

    21. April 10, 2015

      Ayatollah says US distorting Iran nuclear deal

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, accused the US on Thursday of distorting the nuclear framework agreed...

    22. April 9, 2015

      Tensions rise as Iran condemns Saudi air strikes against Yemen

      Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday accused Saudi Arabia of “genocide” in Yemen and urged the Arab...

    23. April 5, 2015

      Khamenei left to wrestle with fallout from Iran’s nuclear deal

      When the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini consented to a 1988 ceasefire in the Iran-Iraq war, he described the painful...

    24. April 2, 2015

      Iranians take to streets to celebrate deal

      Residents of Tehran poured into the streets at midnight local time, honking car horns, playing loud music, singing and...

    25. April 1, 2015

      Iran’s chief weapon Qassem Soleimani sheds his mysteries

      His pictures are worthy of a film star but he is an actor in a real war. His intense eyes look menacing when he is in...

    26. March 22, 2015

      Iran’s hardliners turn on moderates as nuclear deadline nears

      It has been a miserable month for Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s former president and kingmaker in elections. A few...

    27. March 21, 2015

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei throws support behind nuclear deal

      Iran’s supreme leader and ultimate decision maker, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, insisted on Saturday that there would be no...

    28. March 10, 2015

      US Republicans risk writing off leverage on Iran talks

      At least someone still writes letters these days. After President Barack Obama and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei exchanged...

    29. March 10, 2015

      Election of hardliner deals blow to Iran’s Hassan Rouhani

      The body responsible for choosing Iran’s next supreme leader has selected a hardliner as its new chairman in a blow to...

    30. March 6, 2015

      Iran hardliners try to undermine Rouhani as nuclear deal nears

      As hopes grow that Iran may be close to securing a nuclear deal, hardliners in the Islamic republic are trying to...

    31. January 5, 2015

      Iran’s Rouhani takes on the regime’s hardliners

      Since the Iranian revolution in 1979, the west has had few political partners in Tehran with whom to do business. But...

    32. December 22, 2014

      Ali Shamkhani: Iran will not seek to resume diplomatic ties with US

      Tehran will not seek a resumption of diplomatic ties with Washington even if a comprehensive nuclear deal helps to...

    33. December 17, 2014

      Rouhani’s fate is not bound as closely to the nuclear talks as his enemies hope

      On Monday, as officials from Iran and the US met for talks in Geneva, President Hassan Rouhani attended a meeting of...

    34. November 12, 2014

      Detente and messages to the Ayatollah

      I remember a time, not so long ago, when a handshake between a US and an Iranian official was treated as a historic...

    35. Nick Butler

      October 16, 2014

      Has Saudi Arabia lost control of the oil market?

      Conspiracy theories abound around the oil price fall. A 25 per cent drop in less than three months is certainly...

    36. Nick Butler

      September 16, 2014

      The political implications of the falling oil price

      The Brent oil price has now fallen by 15 per cent in less than three months and is now below the psychologically...

    37. September 8, 2014

      Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei has prostate surgery

      Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader and ultimate decision maker, underwent prostate surgery on Monday,...

    38. The A-List

      August 18, 2014

      Iraq's new leader will fail without western support

      What is it about political leaders installed by America in third world countries? It seems they never want to leave...

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