US Religious Freedom Reports: From Facts to Realities in Iran

Alireza Hashemi
USCIRF puts Iran among the worst countries in terms of religious freedom, while facts and American media say otherwise; Jews, Christian and Sunni Muslims enjoy relative freedom in the country.

What to Expect the Day After Israeli Annexation of West Bank Swath?

Alireza Hashemi
Israel seems determined to annex the Jordan valley and Zionist settlements in the West Bank in the coming weeks. How will the global community react?

Will Iran’s “Smart” Social Distancing Plan Prove an Elixir?

Alireza Hashemi
The coronavirus lockdown in Iran saw the nation confined to their houses for the entire New Year holidays, the pick travel season in the country. But Iranians are gradually experiencing a small slice of normality.

Iranian Coronavirus Patients Are Collateral Damage to US “Maximum Pressure”

Alireza Hashemi
Iran has been hit harder by the virus than any other country in the Middle East, the question is what led Iran to become the region’s epicenter of the COVID-19?

Iran All Set to Hold Legislative Polls after A Frenzied Week of Campaigning

Alireza Hashemi
With the campaign season ending Thursday morning, the countdown to the 11th vote for the Islamic Consultative Assembly has begun. For over a week, candidates were trying hard to appeal to nearly 58 million Iranians who are eligible to cast votes in the country of 83 million.

How US Policy of Individual Assassination Could Ignite a Much-Feared Iran War

Alireza Hashemi
America has issued an official death threat against IRGC’s Quds Force Commander Esmail Qaani, following the “targeted killing” of his charismatic predecessor. But there is a red line the US should be unwilling to cross.  

US Hybrid Warfare on Iran Has a Strange Target: Sports

Alireza Hashemi
Iranian athletes have been suffering economic US sanctions for a while. But it appears they are also targets of the US hybrid warfare.

Ukraine Plane Crash: From Tehraners’ Mourning to US Politicians Celebration

Alireza Hashemi
To err is human and to take responsibility is divine; and there is no opportunity for a government who feels no shame in assassinating a commander touted by some as the second most powerful Iranian official to shed crocodile tears.

What's All the Buzz About 2019 Iran Gasoline Protests?

Alireza Hashemi
The recent protests in Iran, ignited by a sudden hike of gasoline prices, have been presented by the western political and media circles as yet another proof that Iran is in need for something in the vein of regime change. On the ground, though, the reality is different