Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament go after Foreign Minister Javad Zarif

A small group of hardliners in the Iranian parliament have mounted a concerted effort to undermine Iranian foreign minister’s initiatives to work out a nuclear deal with the West.  But despite these pressures,  Zarif has put up a brave effort defending the policies of President Rouhani.  In one statement,  he accused the hardliners of playing into Israel’s hand and doing the latter’s work.

Former Ahmadinejad minister accuses Ahmadinejad of lying and deceiving the Iranian people

In an unprecedented interview,  a former minister in Ahmadinejad’s first cabinet ( 2005-2009) talks about how Ahmadinejad frequently made up statistics,  was a terrible executive who pushed for the appointment of his friends in various ministries.   Lately,  Ahmadinejad has been the target of several major newspapers who accuse him of allowing corruption and cronyism.


Library of Congress Exhibit: A Thousand Years of the Persian Book

“A new exhibition at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., offers a glimpse into the rich literary tradition of the Persian language. Titled “A Thousand Years of The Persian Book,” the exhibit showcases a unique Persian collection, one of the most important outside of Iran. It includes editions of the 10th-century epic poem “The Shahnameh” — or “Book of Kings” — as well as contemporary novels from Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. The head curator, Hirad Dinavari, told RFE/RL that the goal of the exhibition is to introduce the Persian language to a Western audience, and to help give Persian speakers a better understanding of their own heritage.”