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About Arash Falasiri

Arash Falasiri worked as a journalist in Iran for more than a decade. He won the national prize for the best journalist of the year in 2001. He is now a PhD candidate in Social and Political Thought at York University, Canada.

Articles by Arash Falasiri

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Iran behind the conciliatory veil

Right-wing US and Israeli venom against the outline agreement is one thing; genuine concern about the Islamic regime’s Shia expansionism and human-rights record is however another.

Obama's human-rights lacuna in struggle against ‘extremism’

The US president went on the front foot against fundamentalist violence in the Middle East at a summit in Washington. But he was hobbled by his failure to place human rights in the region front and centre.

The new Russian power bloc

A quarter century after Mikhail Gorbachev supervised the collapse of Europe’s cold-war division, a world of new dividing lines is emerging—with Vladimir Putin playing an active part in inscribing them.

Harper’s discordant notes

Unlike the US, Canada has always had a positive reputation in the strife-tone Middle East as an impartial broker and peacemaker. Until now.

Iran nuclear deal: the fall-out

The interim nuclear deal between the western powers and Iran faces significant domestic and international challenges. But after long hostility it may prove a trust-building stepping-stone to a larger agreement.

Reaping the political rewards of the Iranian nuclear crisis

Both Iranian and Israeli governments mutually benefit from the threat of war, as they both use the excuse to polish their propaganda and to silence internal opposition.

Iranians' choice in the face of war

Signals that military action against Iran is a real danger have been multiplying over the past twelve months. Faced with external military intervention and internal repression, Arash Falasiri asks what course remains open to the Iranian people.

Iran's message in a bottle

Allegations of an Iranian assassination attempt to be carried out in Washington has prompted diverse responses and analyses. Here, Arash Falasiri depicts an Islamic Republic fighting for its life in increasingly unfavourable circumstances and a Revolutionary Guard determined to capture still more of the public and economic sphere under the spectre of war.

Iran's Green Movement: decapitated but not defeated

The arrest of Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the defeated presidential candidates and leaders of Iran's Green Movement marks a new phase of repression in Iran. But a leaderless movement may emerge from this crisis united and all the stronger, as Egypt and Tunisia's protest movements have shown, argues Arash Falasiri.

Gaddafi: a model for the middle east's "mad men"

Gaddafi's resistance to popular demands and violent response presents a new model for regimes to resist democratic uprisings with extreme violence, mercenary arms, and the suppression of communications. Either countermeasures are adopted that limit the power of regimes to suppress their people, or citizens will continue to die at the hands of mad men.

The Iranian regime thrives on the spectre of military confrontation

The increasingly militarised confrontation between the United States, Israel and Iran only strengthens the Ahmadinejad regime's intransigence, allowing it to side step an ongoing crisis of legitimacy.

Connecting the dots: Iran's nuclear ambitions, human rights and intelligent sanctions

The sanctions being imposed by the UN need to be reworked to inspire the confidence of Iran's suppressed people.

Obama's plan for Iran and Chinese resistance

Iran's fate rests on US relations with an emerging Chinese-Russian axis

UN sanctions in Iran's post-election era

The post-election crisis in Iran has revolutionised the potential for international pressure and civil action to work in harmony.
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