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The Regime’s New Dread in Iran

Roozbeh, a 26-year-old university student in Tehran, considers himself a revolutionary. Never mind that he rarely leaves his room at his mother’s house. “Many people

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Sacks of Cash

Tehran’s influence buyers are on a shopping spree in Kabul. The New York Times only scratched the surface in last week’s report that Iranian officials

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Lebanon Stages a Diversion

There are two Mahmoud Ahmadinejads. One of them took a victory lap last week through southern Lebanon, where adoring crowds mobbed him as a symbol

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Needles in a Haystack

For Austin Heap, there was nothing particularly remarkable about June 14, 2009. The 25-year-old computer programmer was home in his San Francisco apartment, spending his

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Iran’s Hushed-Up Civil War

The Supreme Leader was embarrassed when hardliners heckled the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s founder. For the first time in months, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali

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Enough Is Enough

The United States, European governments, and others should shift their Iran policy toward increasing the prospects for political change. Leaders should speak out for the

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Iran’s Creeping Corruption

Holocaust denier, illegitimate president, and now–crook? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been called a lot of things since his disputed election last June and it doesn’t look

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Not Exactly Rocket Science

One U.S. counter-proliferation official, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, described the two-stage Safir-2 rocket (which lofted a satellite nicknamed Omid, or “Hope”)

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So What If He Were Muslim?

Certainly, there should be room for an intelligent discussion of religious bigotry—of whether religion actually makes a difference in how one governs, and of whether

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The Coming Energy Wars

This spring, America hit a historic point. With average gas prices per gallon edging toward $4, America’s notoriously profligate ways started to change fast. Americans

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