Slateon Iran

Our complete coverage of Iran’s election and its aftermath.

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has been sworn in for another term as Iran’s president, but tensions are still simmering. Here’s Slate’s coverage of the Iranian election and earlier commentary on Iranian politics.

Watching Art-House Movies in Tehran: Iran after the journalists were silenced,” posted Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009.

Woman Power: Regimes that repress the civil and human rights of half their population are inherently unstable,”by Anne Applebaum. Posted Monday, June 22, 2009.

“Persian Paranoia: Iranian leaders will always believe Anglo-Saxons are plotting against them,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Monday, June, 22, 2009.


Is Iran Ripe for Revolution?: Possibly. But Mir Hossein Mousavi is no Mikhail Gorbachev,” by Daniel Byman. Posted Thursday, June, 18, 2009.

Prints of Persia: Why are Iranian police markings written in English?” by Christopher Beam. Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009.


Doubting Twitter: Let’s not get carried away about its role in Iran’s demonstrations,” by Jack Shafer. Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

Getting the Word Out: Foreign journalists have been told to stop reporting, but the ingenious and fearless people of Iran will carry on,” by Jason Rezaian. Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

Guilt by Calculation: It takes more than an Excel sheet to prove the Iranian election was fixed,” by Jordan Ellenberg. Posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009.


The Quiet American: Why Obama isn’t showing more outrage about the Iranian election,” by John Dickerson. Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

Decoding the Iranian Demonstrations: How today’s protesters are co-opting the symbols and slogans of the 1979 revolution,” by Henry Newman. Posted Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

Disengagement With Iran: After its fraudulent election, Obama should harden his stance with Iran,” by Fred Kaplan. Posted Monday, June 15, 2009.

A Tale of Two Rallies: In the space of 24 hours, Tehran’s Valiasr Square sees baton-wielding cops and a presidential victory celebration,” by Jason Rezaian. Posted Sunday, June 14, 2009.

Don’t Call What Happened in Iran Last Week an Election: It was a crudely stage-managed insult to everyone involved,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Sunday, June 14, 2009.


There’s No Such Thing as a Bad Election: Events in Iran prove that even a little bit of democracy is a powerful thing,” by Anne Applebaum. Posted Sunday, June 14, 2009.

The Iranian Baby Boom: Why the Islamic republic has such a youthful population,” by Caroline Berson. Posted Friday, June 12, 2009.

Tehran Waits and Wonders: Everyone is asking the same question: What comes next?” by Jason Rezaian. Posted Friday, June 12, 2009.

Who Cares Who’s President of Iran?: Tehran’s rhetoric may change, but the quest for regional power never goes away,” by Shmuel Rosner. Posted Thursday, June 11, 2009.

Selected pieces from Slate’s earlier coverage of Iran

Islamic Greenwashing: Why is the color green so important in the Muslim world?” by Christopher Beam. Posted Tuesday, June 9, 2009.


Don’t Let the Mullahs Run the Clock: Obama must talk directly to the Iranian people,” by Christopher Hitchens. Posted Monday, February 16, 2009.

Eye on Iran: Fred Kaplan takes readers’ questions about future relations and remaining nuclear potential.” Posted Friday, December 7, 2007.

Dispatch From Tehran: Ahmadinejad’s rhetoric may drive Westerners crazy, but it’s popular at home,” by Negar Azimi. Posted Wednesday, February 1, 2006.

President Who?: Why did so many people underestimate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?” by Negar Azimi. Posted Tuesday, June 28, 2005.

No. 2 in Tehran: In Iran’s presidential election, the race to watch is for second place,” by Scott Macmillan. Posted Friday, June 17, 2005.

Hanging Out at Tehran’s Mini-Mall: A Weeklong Journal of a Writer in Iran,” by Reza Aslan. Posted Friday, September 10, 2004.