Mohammad Khatami

Jafar Panahi: the Filmmaker Laureate of the Green Movement
June 11, 2010

It is a story worthy of a great director. In the year since the contested reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a dramatic struggle has played out between Jafar Panahi and the Islamic Republic of Iran. In July the filmmaker was arrested at a funeral service for protester Neda Agha-Soltan. In August, after Panahi organized a demonstration in solidarity with opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi at the Montreal Film Festival, the government revoked his passport.

The Filmmaker Laureate of the Green Movement
June 11, 2010

It is a story worthy of a great director. In the year since the contested reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a dramatic struggle has played out between Jafar Panahi and the Islamic Republic of Iran. In July the filmmaker was arrested at a funeral service for protester Neda Agha-Soltan. In August, after Panahi organized a demonstration in solidarity with opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi at the Montreal Film Festival, the government revoked his passport.

The Mousavi Mission
February 17, 2010

Traditional Iranian husbands, the sort found in the highest ranks of the Islamic Republic, sometimes refer to their wives as “the house.” For them, this is not just an expression of their understanding of gender relations. It is viewed as a necessary euphemism, vital protection for a woman’s honor. The mere uttering of her name, after all, might compromise her chastity. It is telling, therefore, that Mir Hossein Mousavi courted and eventually married Zahra Rahnavard.

Live-Blogging the Iranian Protests
February 10, 2010

The New Republic is live-blogging news of events in Iran today, on the eve of 22 Bahman (February 11), the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution. The Iranian opposition movement is slated to co-opt the state's annual rallies to stage another mass demonstration--the largest since December's violent protests on the Shiite holy day of Ashura. February 11, 2010, 6:41 pm.

Green Energy
February 02, 2010

Is the Green Movement finished? That is what the Iranian government wants the world to believe. And it has recently been trumpeting a few pieces of evidence to make its case. First came a statement by Mir Hossein Mousavi on New Year’s Eve, which offered five conditions for ending the current impasse.

Inside The Civil War That's Threatening The Iranian Regime
August 03, 2009

Ever since the June 12 election, the world has seen signs of serious rifts in the ranks of the Islamic regime in Iran. The main locus of these tension

Dawn of the Revolt
July 15, 2009

May 23rd: Tehran's Azadi Indoor Stadium, 20 days before the election. The press had difficulty getting in the gates. "All full," the guards kept telling us. And full it was, overflowing in fact, for a Mir Hossein Mousavi campaign rally. Mousavi wasn't even there. Instead, the rally featured former President Mohammad Khatami and Mousavi's wife, Zahra Rahnavard, and the eager crowd numbered more than 20,000. I couldn't make my way to the VIP section, and I didn't want to.

The New Hegemon
December 18, 2006

Vali Nasr on life under a nuclear Iran.

Kennedy And Khatami
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September 07, 2006

by Daniel DreznerFormer Iranian president Mohammad Khatami is scheduled to speak at the Kennedy School of Government on September 10th. Marcella Bombardieri and Maria Sacchetti have a front-pager in the Boston Globe on the minor controversy this is causing in the state of Massachusetts: The dean of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government yesterday defended the decision to invite Mohammad Khatami to speak on the eve of Sept. 11, saying the United States needs dialogue with its enemies.

More On Khatami
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September 07, 2006

by Alan WolfeNancy Kaufman, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston is "offended" by Harvard's decision to let Mohammad Khatami, Iran's former president, speak there. Dan Drezner, in my opinion, is right to believe that Khatami should not be barred from speaking. For me, though, Kaufman's position raises another issue. I am always disappointed when public figures do not realize the importance of free speech and open debate, especially at universities.