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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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