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About Omid Memarian

Omid Memarian is a journalist who writes for the IPS (Inter Press Service) news agency and the Daily Beast, and whose work has been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Chronicle. In 2005, he received both Human Rights Watch's Human Rights Defender award and the Hellmen Hemet award. In 2007-09, he was a World Peace Fellow at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He is currently working on a multimedia project on the condition of "American Muslims in the Obama Era", and teaches journalism at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). His website is here

Articles by Omid Memarian

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Iran and human rights: a new landscape

The Iranian president's forthcoming visit to the United States is an opportunity to highlight the continued repression under his regime, says Omid Memarian.

Iran, domestic tension and foreign policy

The prospect of a military attack on Iran to disable the country's nuclear facilities is being intensively considered in Tehran. But the internal tensions between rival factions - especially supporters of the supreme leader and of the president - are an obstacle to a coherent response, says Omid Memarian. 

Iran: a political calculus

Iran’s hardline leadership is skilled at using external threats to its own advantage. By learning the lesson the United States could aid Iran's people and strengthen its democracy, says Omid Memarian.

Iran on the move

The result of Iran’s exciting presidential-election race is in the balance. But the campaign itself has revealed how Iranian society is changing, says Omid Memarian.

Iran: prepared for the worst

An elite reshuffle in Tehran marks a risky shift of strategy, says Omid Memarian.

Iran and the United States: time to engage

The Sharm al-Sheikh conference to discuss Iraq could prove to be a pivotal event for Iran too, says Omid Memarian.

Ahmadinejad, Iran and America

The Iranian president’s reaction to his election defeat is combining with a more assertive United States policy towards Iran to make early 2007 a moment of great regional danger, say Dariush Zahedi & Omid Memarian.

Under the radar: an Iranian and America

The humiliation of Iranian professionals by United States immigration officials harms all involved – and makes the struggle for democracy in Iran even harder, says journalist and award-winning human-rights activist Omid Memarian.
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