Category Archives: Modern Iran

Debate on Ataturk and Reza Khan

This is a debate on BBC Persia about Atatürk and Reza Khan/Shah between Turaj Atabaki, Oliver Bast and Walter Posch, some of you may find it interesting if you are following modern Turkish or Iranian history:

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Iranian News Sites

Here are links to the top news sources pertaining to Iran: http://payvand.com/news/ http://www.parstimes.com/news/ http://www.roozonline.com/english.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/ (in Farsi) Continue reading

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Iranian Nuclear Sites

   This map published by the Russian International News Agency shows the locations of Iran’s nuclear research centers, uranium enrichment sites, nuclear power plants, and uranium mines. Iran’s recent activity regarding its nuclear program is eliciting increased scrutiny from much of the west, with further questions being raised over Iran’s claim that the nuclear program is […] Continue reading

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Iran’s Quest to Possess Nuclear Technology

The Washington Post has provided a timeline of Iran’s efforts to possess nuclear technology. Iran has recently announced that it has begun enriching uranium as part of a major expansion of its nuclear program, drawing U.N. sanctions and condemnation from the West. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that Iran is now capable of enriching nuclear […] Continue reading

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Iran Nuclear Program

Here is an intersting video analyzing the Iran nuclear program. The video goes into depth how Iran plans to continue the growth of Uranium while the Western world continues to impose sanctions on Iran. Continue reading

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Mahmoud Vahidnia’s Challenging Ayatollah Khomeini via Stephen Colbert

Here is a link to see an interview via Stephen Colbert and Karim Sadjadpour describing an Iranian math superstar Mahmoud Vahidnia’s unprecedented act of challenging Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini. It is significant because it took place in 2009 after the Green Revolution that challenged the government and demanded more rights from the people. Continue reading

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“Stuxnet” and “Stars”

Here is a link to a news article talking about the “Stuxnet” and “Stars” viruses that, unwittingly to the Iranian government, sabotaged their nuclear machinery for years up until April 2011 when they discovered them. The article mentions that the effects of the viruses are still being dealt with and posing major problems. Continue reading

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Nuclear Ambitions

Here is a link following up the disccusions about Iran and its nuclear plans. Iran is not backing down and looking to find ways around international sanctions preventing nuclear programs. HERE Continue reading

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Scenes from Ayatollah Khomeini’s Funeral

A British news report from 1989 showed scenes from Ayatollah Khomeini’s funeral. The report shows the chaotic outpouring of emotion that surrounded the Ayatollah’s death, exemplified by a two day mass vigil – the largest ever gathering of people in the capital city of Tehran. It discusses the significance of the Ayatollah’s death, his importance to Iranians as both a […] Continue reading

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The Revolution in Pictures

 Here is a photo gallery from the BBC highlighting the key players and events surrounding the 1979 Iranian Revolution. The gallery chronologically shows Iran’s path to becoming the world’s first Islamic state, beginning with the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini, the exile of the Shah, and culminating in the outbreak of violence, and the subsequent national […] Continue reading

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