'If You Think That's Painful ...'
The shah jailed my father. Khomeini jailed my sister. Then came my turn to scream.
The Regime's New Dread in Iran
No one knows how many Iranians have joined the electronic underground. But the Revolutionary Guards aren't having much success shutting it down.
Iranian Ex-Officials: U.S. Knew Hikers Were Seized in Iraq and Taken to Iran
Former Iranian intelligence officials and diplomats claim that the three Americans arrested last year by Iran are the victims of cultural misunderstanding, a factional struggle within the Iranian government, and a combination of geopolitical rivalry and tacit cooperation between Iran and the U.S.
How to Alienate Your Allies In Iran
Attacks on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are coming from unexpected corners. As he arrives in New York to attend the United Nations' General Assembly opening this week, hardliners back home—including some who were once his close allies—are undercutting their former standard-bearer every chance they get.
Out of Iran, but Not Yet Home Free
The hours Sarah Shourd spent between leaving Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, where she was in solitary confinement for more than a year, and crossing Iranian airspace must have been the most excruciating and longest hours of her life. I know that because I have been there.
Stoning Decision Leaves Tehran With Credibility Gap
Human-rights activists have won a partial victory in Iran. In the face of a worldwide outcry, Tehran confirmed late last week that it had suspended a sentence of death by stoning against a woman accused of adultery.
What It's Like to Have a Child Imprisoned in Iran
The mothers of two American hikers jailed in Iran's Evin Prison visited London to petition the Islamic Republic's ambassador there. Instead, they got an emotional conversation with NEWSWEEK's Tehran expert—himself a former prisoner in Evin.
Iran Closes Shop
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may have hoped to close his yawning deficit—and advance other goals—with a big tax increase on the merchants and shopkeepers in the country's bazaars. But the bazaaris declared a strike for only the second time since they helped bring down the shah in 1979. (The first time was in 2008, when Ahmadinejad made another attempt to raise their taxes.)
The Last Ayatollah
The Green Movement's bloody street protests may not have toppled Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—but they will.
'We Are Ready to Pay Any Price'
The former presidential candidate on reforming Iran.
Maziar Bahari: My Sentence in an Iranian Court
I didn't attend my sentencing. In June last year, I was thrown into prison in Iran for 118 days, then finally released and allowed to leave the country in October.
Voices of Reason Grow Louder In Iran
This week, many Iranians will mark the 31st anniversary of the overthrow of the shah with street demonstrations against a regime seen by some as illegitimate.
United in Iran
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has finally managed one major accomplishment: forging a consensus among protesters, reformers, and conservatives alike that it's time for him to go.
The Legacy of the People's Ayatollah: Montazeri
Montazeri never claimed to be a saint, but the Iranian opposition may well turn him into one.
Newsweek Reporter's Ordeal in Iran
On June 21, reporter Maziar Bahari was rousted out of bed and taken to Tehran's notorious Evin prison—accused of being a spy for the CIA, MI6, Mossad … and NEWSWEEK. This is the story of his captivity—and of an Iran whose rampant paranoia underpins an ever more fractured regime.
Who's Behind Tehran's Violence?
Opposition supporters worry about their movement being hijacked.
Eyewitness Report From Bloody Iran Protest
Tens of thousands march peacefully in Iran. But in the end, at least one man died a violent death.
Mousavi Supporters Allege Fraud in Iran Election
Supporters of Mir Hossein Mousavi say their candidate was the victim of electoral fraud.
Votes and Voices in a Tight Iranian Election
In a tight election, the country's citizens find their voice.
Why Ahmadinejad May Lose Iran's Election
Disgruntled Iranians say Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has destroyed the country's image and dragged down its economy. Sound familiar?
Quarks and the Koran: Iran's Islamic Embrace of Science
Iran's very Islamic embrace of science
Iran's Next President?
The unlikely candidacy of Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Khatami: "The Country Can Be Run Better"
Iran's ex-president on why change is on the way.
Ex-Hostages Talk About Obama and Iran
America's old Iran hands on how—and whether—to start the conversation.
The Other Contest: Who Will Be Iran's Next President?
Less than six months after the next American president takes office, Iran will hold its own Election Day. To win that race takes not only popular acclaim but the approval of one man—Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—and so far, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has the edge.
Q&A: Karrubi on Iran's Organized Reformers
Mehdi Karrubi is the Al Gore of Iran. According to him, but for vote-rigging he would have been the president and not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The cleric is leader of the National Trust Party, founded after his 2005 defeat, and was a speaker of Iran's Parliament, or Majlis.
Q&A: Iranian Reformer Karrubi
President Mohammed Khatami allowed radicalism to tank the reform movement, argues cleric Mehdi Karrubi.
Iran: Reformists in Distress
Iran's reformists are fighting an uphill battle just to compete in Iran's upcoming parliamentary ballot. How they hope to defeat Ahmadinejad—eventually.
Iran's Kharazi on Nukes, U.S.
A former Iranian diplomat discusses nukes, the Holocaust and how Washington can win Tehran's trust.
Heard On the Street
Why America is losing the 'sticks and stones' battle.