Iran Election

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 '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.

'Moderate' Cleric Rouhani Looks Set To Take Iran's Presidency

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK

Iran's most moderate presidential candidate, the cleric Hassan Rouhani, looks set to win simple majority as votes are counted in the country's electio...

Why Iran's Green Movement Will Not Rise Again

Dr Juliet Cohen | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK
Dr Juliet Cohen

Iranians are returning to the polls on 14 June to choose a successor to President Ahmadinejad now that he has served the maximum of two consecutive terms. A repeat of the terrible violence that marred the last election in 2009 is unlikely but this is not because the process will be free and fair this time.

Iran's Election Should Not Have Any Impact on Our Relationship?

Robert Halfon | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Politics
Robert Halfon

Today the Iranian people go to the polls for the first time since 2009's controversial reelection of President Ahmadinejad... Unfortunately, with hundreds of candidates disqualified and all the current Presidential hopefuls part of the ruling establishment and links with Ayatollah Khamenei, it is unlikely that there will be any reforms.

Iran's Unfree Elections: Banned Candidates and 2,600 Political Prisoners

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

By international standards, Iran's election is not free and fair. Candidates are vetted by the Guardian Council and all democratic, liberal, secularist, left-wing and women candidates are banned. The media is censored. There is no open political debate. Dissenting opinions are suppressed and liable to result in arrest.

Iranian Election Candidate Queried on Academic Credentials

Amir Dastmalchian | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Politics
Amir Dastmalchian

Hassan Rowhani, one of the candidates in Iran's presidential elections set for Friday 14 June, is not the first politician of recent times to have his academic credentials questioned. According to an article in the Daily Telegraph, despite Mr Rowhani revising his official biography there are still queries over the timing of his studies, especially in the light of his political career.

Iran's Theatrical Elections

David Amess | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK Politics
David Amess

Just a few weeks from now, on June 14 will be a landmark day for the Islamic Republic of Iran, when Iranians will hold what they call "presidential el...

Iran's Moment of Truth?

Lord Maginnis | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Lord Maginnis

As Iran's Presidential elections approach, the fundamentalist regime finds itself in its most difficult dilemma since its inception more than 30 years...

Why Is Britain Ramping Up Sanctions Against Iran?

Simon Jenkins | Posted 07.03.2012 | UK Politics
Simon Jenkins

Rattling a sabre whenever Washington says so is the most humiliating idiocy. Do any of Britain's leaders really think further economic sanctions will stop Iran's nuclear programme? I cannot believe it.