Iran’s rulers are applauding Arab people power as it sweeps away hostile regimes, and cracking down on domestic opponents who today attempted a repeat of the mass protests that roiled the Islamic republic in 2009.
Beyond the vast sun-drenched courtyard of Esfahan’s Imam Mosque and its intricate 17th- century tiled stalactites, an audience of four Belgians and a Polish woman listens patiently to a young Iranian cleric.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had foreign-policy successes to showcase when he spoke in Tehran’s Azadi Square today to mark the 35th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution. The economic gains will follow, he said.
The U.S. and Iran today escalated their standoff over Iran’s choice for its next ambassador to the United Nations, as diplomats in Vienna pushed forward at talks on restraining the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.
Two-thirds of Iran’s lawmakers have petitioned President Hassan Rouhani to enforce the wearing of head scarves, complaining that a Western “cultural invasion” is jeopardizing the country’s “virtuousness.”