I wrote this artcile for BBC Online. The head of the Assembly of Experts, the body that elects the Supreme Leader of Iran, has died after almost five months in a coma. Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani was considered to be a unifying figure in Iranian politics and his death opens up a period of uncertainty at
My article for the BBC Online: It is Wednesday, early in the morning. Balal is walking to the gallows to face execution in the city of Nour, in northern Iran. It is before sunrise but hundreds of people have gathered near the prison to watch it. His mother and sisters are crying hard, but blindfolded Balal
My article for the BBC Online: A new low-budget film is causing a big headache for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. I am Rouhani is an hour-long documentary telling the story of the president’s life. The film was produced by Shafagh Multimedia Group, a company close to the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which has been
My updated artcile for BBC News Switch on the television in Iran these days and it won’t be long before you see General Qasem Soleimani. The once reclusive head of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Quds Force has emerged from a lifetime in the shadows directing covert operations abroad, to achieve almost celebrity status in Iran.
My article for the BBC Online: When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was Iranian president, one issue which continually antagonised and offended abroad was his statements questioning the scale of the Holocaust, or whether it had even happened at all. The new administration under Hassan Rouhani has taken a softer line, but as BBC Persian’s Bozorgmehr Sharafedin explains,
My short anaysis on Iran’s new nulcear diplomacy for the BBC: Iran’s new president is sending clear messages to the West that he is keen to solve deadlock in the nuclear talks. He has reshuffled top officials dealing with Iran’s controversial atomic programme and appointed seasoned Western-educated diplomats who are known for being pragmatic technocrats.
I wrote this article for BBC News In his first press conference since his landslide victory, Iran’s President-elect Hassan Rouhani promised Iranians they were entering a new era, saying he hoped the country and the world would be able to re-start “constructive” dialogue. There was a definite air of excitement in the hall as a
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been trying hard to “reset” Iran-US relations, but each time he has tried to do so, he has been hindered by Ayatollah Khamenei. Mr Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said he was ready to talk directly to US leaders, but his signals have not been taken seriously. The White House knows that in
I wrote this article for BBC News: In six months’ time Iranians will go to the polls to elect a new president. Although the campaign does not officially start until March, there has already been much speculation about who will be competing in the race to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. After a year dominated by infighting
Authorities in Iran publicly cut off the hand of 29-year-old man convicted of robbery in Shiraz, a central city in Iran. The Provincial Justice Department says the thief was the ringleader of a gang of 10 people who had committed several robberies in Shiraz. Other members of the gang have received the same sentence. This