Hassan Rouhani

Iranian Student Sentenced To Seven Years In Jail By The 'Judge Of Death'

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

An Iranian student and political activist, Maryam Shafipour, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the "judge of death" for crimes against...

UK Parliamentary Delegation Urges Caution and Realism on Iran

Lord Maginnis | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

Several days ago a man with a neatly trimmed beard wearing a white turban, and professorial-looking rimless glasses featured prominently in Davos. Was it really Hassan Rouhani? Of course Rouhani is Iran's current Ayatollah-sanctioned President and should have every good reason to be at such a prestigious forum; however the man addressing Davos appeared only to share the real Rouhani's appearance.

Iran's Rouhani Tells West To Take A History Lesson

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has hit out at his Western critics "under the influence of propaganda", asking them to take a history lesson to see wh...

Iran and the West: From Nuclear Nightmares to Facebook Friends?

Ben Acheson | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

Nuclear apocalypse has been avoided. Iran has agreed to curb its nuclear activity. That's what they tell us anyway. Let's not get ahead of ourselves; even if Iran's cooperation is genuine, world leaders and their Iranian counterparts are not about to hold hands, hug it out or start tweeting funny cat memes to each other.

A European Parliament Visit to Iran Without Preconditions on Human Rights

Abbas Rezai | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Abbas Rezai

The European Parliament's Delegation for relations with Iran is set to travel to Tehran this week. If it goes ahead as planned, this will be the first official visit by the parliament to Iran in 6 years. The parliament's governing body last month authorized a 10-member delegation to travel to Iran from 12-17 December.

Best Objection To Iran Deal? 'God Wouldn't Like It'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK

In the early hours of Sunday morning, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia reached an historic deal with Iran to limit the co...

Appeasing the Ayatollahs of Iran With a Dodgy Nuclear Deal Will Not Work

Nehad Ismail | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

At this critical stage, the World needs clear answers to the following: Does the world trust Iran to honour its obligations? Have the Iranian negotiators accepted "unannounced rigorous inspections of every site and every facility without exceptions? And without any "ifs" and "buts"?

Iran Deal - Syria Sacrificed?

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

If the Iran nuclear deal, finalised in Geneva in the small hours of Sunday morning, sticks, the tectonic plates in the Middle East will have shifted. And whether you welcome that or fear it depends entirely on where you're sitting.

'Legitimate Concerns' About Iran Nuclear Deal, Hague Admts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK

Concerns over the nuclear deal with Iran are "legitimate", Foreign Secretary William Hague has acknowledged, but said the deal should "give us faith i...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Dave Get Blood On His Hands?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 15 November 2013... 1) WILL DAVE GET BLOOD ON HIS HANDS? The Times reports: "David Cameron is sche...

The 1973 War Reminds Israelis of Their Vulnerability

Toby Greene | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

The legacy of the Yom Kippur War, forty years on, helps explains why Israel is wary of trusting others to stand by it in time of need...

The Nuclear Thaw of The Fall

Harry Brown | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

Fifty years ago to this very day, President Kennedy signed into law the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Today, we no longer live in a bipolar world, the political actors have changed, but the threat from nuclear weapons remains strong.

Iran Wants End of Sanctions, But Will Never Admit to Having Nukes

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Ehrlich

The high stakes poker game continues as Iran seeks better relations with the West in an effort to eliminate costly economic sanctions that have crippled the nation, causing its population to become more and more rebellious.

'No Nuke's': We Shouldn't Let the Diplomatic Barking and Growling Deflect Us From Iran's Atrocious Human Rights Record

Neil Durkin | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

I can't help wondering what six Kurdish men currently facing execution in Ghezel Hesar Prison near Tehran might think of the praise being heaped on Rouhani? Like numerous other condemned prisoners in Iran, they face the gallows after being convicted of vaguely-worded offences, including "enmity against God" and "corruption on earth".

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Mili Vs Mandy

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 26.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on 26 September 2013... 1) MILI VS MANDY The backlash against Ed Miliband’s announcement in Brighton, that a ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'Right Hates It. Left Likes It. Public Will Get It.'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 25 September 2013... 1) ED MILIBAND "The right hates it. The left likes it. The public well get it...

Diplomatic Opening for Iran Can Help End Syria Crisis

Lord David Owen | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Lord David Owen

The eyes of the world are focused on the UN in New York this week in an amazing turnabout in international politics. We could have been in the midst of a Middle East war with the US and France having attacked Syria, triggering resumed fighting across the border of southern Lebanon and Israel. Instead, the UN is back on centre stage, the Security Council is functioning again, and its five permanent powers are in a constructive dialogue over chemical weapons in Syria for the first time in two and a half years.

Why Did Rouhani Not Reject Holocaust Denial?

Toby Greene | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Politics
Toby Greene

You have to hand it to the new Iranian President. The Washington Post op ed, the NBC interview. Ahead of Rouhani's much anticipated visit to New York for the UN General Assembly, he's got the world singing his tunes. All the right buzz words are there: "peace and stability among all nations", "win-win game", "friendship and dialogue."

Mehdi's Morning Memo: The Return Of The TB-GBs?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Friday 20 September 2013... 1) THE RETURN OF THE TB-GBs So, the long-awaited memoirs from former Brown advis...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Behind On The Bedroom Tax

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday 19 September 2013... 1) BEHIND ON THE 'BEDROOM TAX' How's the 'spare room subsidy/'bedroom tax' doi...

Why 'Don't Know' Is Not a Good Look in a Crisis

Robin Lustig | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

I used to argue that it would make a welcome change if - just occasionally - politicians answered a question with the words: "I don't know." I didn't expect the President of the United States to take me seriously. Should the US launch a military strike against Syria? Obama: Don't know. Is Russia serious in its chemical weapons initiative? Don't know. There's a part of me that welcomes such refreshing candour. But to be honest, it's only a very small part of me.

Iran's New President Rouhani is Anything But A Moderate

Brian Binley | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Brian Binley

Many in the western press and beyond have praised the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as a moderate suggesting he will make life better for his p...

Rouhani's Cabinet Appointments Belie His Moderate Image

David Amess | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Politics
David Amess

Despite Rouhani's friendly statements to the West, his statements about them have painted a different picture. His first bilateral meeting as president was with the head of North Korea's People's Assembly, to whom he expressed the view that the West was seeking an excuse for confrontation with countries it doesn't like over the nuclear issue.

Female Iranian Councillor 'Disqualified For Being Too Attractive'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK

SEE ALSO: Saudi Arabian Women's Conference... With Not A Female In Sight (PICTURE)Is Omar Borkan Al Gala The Dubai Man Kicked Out Of Saudi Arabia Fo...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Want To Know How To 'Wreck The Economy'?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Tuesday 18 June 2013... 1) WANT TO KNOW HOW TO 'WRECK THE ECONOMY'? Kenneth Clarke knows how. From the Telegr...