Ayatollah Khomeini

Stabbing Rushdie in Protestant Paradise

Paradises, Protestant or not, do not survive unless robustly defended.

Iran’s Strategic Partnership with China Will Lead to a Further Decline in Human Rights - Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP)
Iran’s Strategic Partnership with China Will Lead to a Further Decline in Human Rights

The “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” (CSP) signed between Iran and China will have profound domestic, regional, and international implications. The more immediate effect of the partnership will be a further decline in human rights and freedom in Iran.

Western Media Misunderstand Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Views on Religion and Politics – Pope Francis – Islam
Western Media Misunderstand Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s Views on Religion and Politics

Western media rightly praised Pope Francis’ historic trip to Iraq for opening new doors in Christian-Muslim relations. But they misunderstood Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Husaini Sistani’s views on religion and politics.

Pandemic Exposes the Paranoid Style of Iran’s Supreme Leader
Pandemic Exposes the Paranoid Style of Iran’s Supreme Leader

As the coronavirus pandemic continued to ravage Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei suggested that the United States bore responsibility for his nation’s plight.

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Iran’s Economic Troubles Gives US Diplomatic Tool - Iran Economy
Iran’s Economic Troubles Gives US Diplomatic Tool

Sanctions and corruption have stunted Iran’s economic growth, and reforms will be difficult because of entrenched interests. This gives American policymakers a crucial diplomatic tool.

Abbas Salehi - Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance (MCIG) - Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?
Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?

Since the 1980s, the MCIG has played a leading role in suppressing political and cultural speech that contradicts Tehran’s revolutionary creed. But while the Obama administration sanctioned the ministry in 2012 for engaging in censorship, its current leadership has escaped Washington’s attention. By sanctioning the ministry’s current head, Abbas Salehi, Washington can send the mullahs a message that their ideologically driven repression will carry a price.

Islamophobia Unveiled: Unsympathetic Reflections on a New Watchword
Islamophobia Unveiled: Unsympathetic Reflections on a New Watchword

Real intolerance against Muslims exists, no question. But the term “Islamophobia” is too often deployed to inhibit rather than encourage dialogue about honest questions, concerns, or grievances.

Past Religious Conflict Still Haunts Middle East
Past Religious Conflict Still Haunts Middle East

War and religious conflict in the 1600s between Ottomans and Persians still have consequences for politics and beliefs in the Middle East today.