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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. February 20, 2015

      The Diary: Randy Boyagoda

      I pushed into the packed subway carriage moving north through Toronto on a cold, gunmetal grey day. Manoeuvring among...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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