The subject of Iranian politics is a fascinating one and I always enjoy reading and learning from my colleague’s experiences and opinions.
Here are two recent articles from Iran which I found very interesting.
First by Professor Farideh Farhi who spent the last three months in Iran. I think her latest article is very interesting and highly recommend it. I don’t agree with her opinion about the impact of sanctions on the Iranian regime in this piece. I think there were several factors which forced Khamenei to change his mind, the most notable among them was and still is the sanctions.
The second article is by Scott Petersen of the Christian Science Monitor. Scott recently returned from a trip to Iran. I really like his observations. I have met Scott (we shared a panel) at the Front Line Club last year. He is one of those reporters who really tries hard to understand Iranian culture and nuances. I only wish he could also write about the horrific abuses of human rights in Iran in his reports. I am sure he would want to, but he can’t. No reporter who wants to be allowed back to Iran can do this.