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    June 4, 2014

    Remembering Khomeini

    John Moore/Getty Images An Iranian soldier walks past a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini’s shrine on the...

  2. May 5, 2014

    Iran’s hardliners step up attacks on Rouhani over nuclear talks

    Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency began a two-day trip to Tehran on Monday as Iran’s hardliners...

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  1. December 18, 2013

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood may rise again, history suggests

    Political Islamists tend to rise from the dead. Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned in 1979 from nearly 15 years in...

  2. November 26, 2013

    Iran’s supreme leader keeps his options open with nuclear deal

    Back in 1988, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic republic, had a radical change of heart, accepting a UN...

  3. September 27, 2013

    The sun sets on the west

    There’s a story the American writer PJ O’Rourke loves to tell about anti-Americanism. Covering Lebanon’s civil war in 1984,...

  4. June 11, 2013

    Reform leaders in Iran unite to back Hassan Rohani for presidency

    Iran’s pro-reform leaders have thrown their weight behind Hassan Rohani, the only moderate left in the race to succeed...

  5. February 5, 2013

    Iran forced to weigh nuclear compromise

    Will he eventually drink from the poisoned chalice? The question is on the lips of many Iranians, who are debating whether...

  6. September 14, 2012

    The lessons of Rushdie’s fatwa years

    The affair began with The Satanic Verses going up in flames in Bradford. Western Muslims lit the spark. Ayatollah Ruhollah...

  7. May 12, 2012

    The List: Five literary leaders

    One of the sources for Sacha Baron Cohen’s film The Dictator, released this week, is reported to have been Saddam Hussein’s...

  8. April 23, 2012

    What if the Gipper led the 2012 GOP?

    American conservatism has no greater icon than Ronald Reagan, invoked at every turn. There can be little doubt he would be...

  9. March 4, 2011

    Libya: dubious donations

    Last week, singer Nelly Furtado appeared to have nothing in common with Howard Davies, then director of the prestigious...

  10. February 27, 2011

    Citizens not serfs can save Saudi Arabia

    On his return from months of hospitalisation and recuperation in the US and Morocco, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was...

  11. February 3, 2011

    Israel watches with fearful déjà vu

    For the past 10 days, Israelis have been glued to their television sets watching the political drama unfold on the streets...

  12. December 21, 2010

    Americans knew that the Shah was going to be toppled

    From Mr Marc Lee. Sir, Your article “A missed moment” (Analysis, December 15) was most interesting, but the Browne report on...

  13. FT Alphaville

    December 15, 2010

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Wednesday’s FT, Martin Wolf: Why rising rates are good news Terrified by...

  14. December 14, 2010

    The fall of the Shah and a missed moment

    On the streets of Tehran in January 1979, a portrait of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini is held aloft. This was the month the...

  15. December 14, 2010

    Avoiding issue of shah’s odium aided his downfall

    In March 1979 as foreign and commonwealth secretary I commissioned a detailed historical analysis of British policy towards...

  16. October 12, 2010

    Ahmadi-Nejad fuels Lebanon turmoil

    Posters of Mr Ahmadi-Nejad go up in preparation for the Iranian leader’s visit, making parts of Beirut resemble Tehran    On...

  17. August 23, 2010

    How Khamenei used alliance with hardliners

    For more than two decades, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been Iran’s supreme leader, positioned at the apex of his country’s...

  18. June 5, 2010

    Iranian mob bars speech by scion of Khomeini

    Islamic vigilantes loyal to Iran's regime prevented the grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the revolution,...

  19. June 4, 2010

    Khomeini heir heckled by Iran regime backers

    Islamic vigilantes loyal to Iran’s regime prevented the grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic...

  20. March 20, 2010

    The art market: Censorship in the Gulf

    Iranian Laudi Abilama with her contentious image While the British press was giving front page coverage to the alleged kiss...

  21. February 11, 2010

    Heir resists hardline claims to Khomeini

    On the 31st anniversary of Iran's revolution, government hardliners are linking the household of Ayatollah Ruhollah...

  22. February 11, 2010

    Treated with suspicion

    Mir-Hossein Moussavi Ran for the presidency last June and has become the regime's leading opponent. Served as prime minister...

  23. February 11, 2010

    Rivals lay claim to be Khomeini's true heir

    It is a supreme irony that on the 31st anniversary of Iran's revolution, the government's hardliners are linking the...

  24. February 10, 2010

    Rivals claim to be Khomeini’s true heir

    It is a supreme irony that on the 31st anniversary of Iran’s revolution, the government’s hardliners are linking the...

  25. January 28, 2010

    Mehdi Karroubi's political credentials

    In the two decades before the Islamic revolution of 1979, Mehdi Karroubi endured nine arrests, six years in jail, one year...

  26. January 2, 2010

    Political 'leprosy' widens fissures in Tehran regime

    Iran's power structure used to resemble the slices of a cake shared between politicians and religious and military...

  27. January 2, 2010

    Opposition chief in Iran ready for martyrdom

    Mir-Hossein Moussavi, Iran's opposition leader, issued a tough and outspoken statement yesterday, declaring his willingness...

  28. January 1, 2010

    Fissures widen in Tehran regime

    Iran’s power structure used to resemble the slices of a cake shared between politicians and religious and military...

  29. December 22, 2009

    Conservatives stage pro-Khamenei rally in Qom

    Iran’s conservatives staged a rally on Tuesday in the holy city of Qom in defence of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme...

  30. December 22, 2009

    Dissident cleric's funeral becomes opposition rally

    The funeral of Iran's most senior dissident cleric was turned yesterday into an opposition rally in the holy city of Qom,...

  31. December 22, 2009

    Dissident cleric's funeral draws anti-regime protests

    The funeral of Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, Iran's most senior dissident cleric, turned into an anti-regime rally...

  32. December 21, 2009

    Tehran on alert after cleric death

    Iranian authorities were last night making plans to prevent today's funeral of a senior dissident cleric from turning into a...

  33. December 21, 2009

    Tehran on alert after cleric dies

    Iranian authorities were last night making plans to prevent today's funeral of a senior dissident cleric from turning into a...

  34. December 20, 2009

    Iran’s top dissident cleric Montazeri dies

    Iranian authorities were making plans to prevent Monday’s funeral of a senior dissident cleric from turning into a fresh...

  35. December 20, 2009

    Iran funeral turns into rally of discontent

    The body of Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri in Qom. He was once the favoured successor to Ayatollah Khomeini The...

  36. December 14, 2009

    Khamenei turns up heat on reformists

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, stepped up the pressure on reformist leaders yesterday, accusing them of...

  37. December 13, 2009

    Khamenei turns up heat on reformists

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, stepped up the pressure on reformist leaders on Sunday, accusing them of...

  38. September 13, 2009

    Khomeini grandson lodges press complaint

    An institute run by the grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic republic, has filed a complaint...

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