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Speeches for Iranian New Year Cast Doubt on International Cooperation

By INU Staff
INU - Sunday marked the festival of Nowruz, or the start or a new year on the Iranian calendar. As with every year, the holiday was acknowledged in speeches from prominent Iranian officials and also from some Western figures, including US President Barack Obama, who are actively working on aspects of Iran policy. The general media narrative in the wake of this Nowruz seems to be that the Iranian New Year stands to be characterized by inconsistent outcomes in Iran-US relations.

Iranian Cyberattacks Support Domestic Repression, Propaganda Against US

By INU staff

INU - On Thursday, it was widely reported that Obama administration officials were among the targets of a large number of recent cyberattacks originating in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The incidents also affected a range of Western journalists and academics, reflecting an escalating Iranian cybersecurity threat, which various IT analysts have warned about in recent weeks and months.

Outcry over Handshake Demonstrates Continued Iranian Hostility

By INU staff

INU - On Tuesday, The Guardian reported upon the reaction among Iranian hardliners to reports that President Obama and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif briefly shook hands when they encountered each other at the gathering of the UN General Assembly. The incident is arguably representative of overall relations between Iran and the United States since the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. That is to say that any outreach to the US tends to be outweighed by a disproportionate display of continued hostility.

Iran Defiant of a Friendly America

By INU staff

INU - On Friday, two editorials illustrated the strange dynamic of current US-Iran relations while also criticizing the Obama administration’s approach to handling the issue of Iran’s nuclear program and its influence throughout the Middle East.

Iran and the Politics of Film

On Tuesday, Fox News reported that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had levied criticisms against the film “American Sniper,” which has earned over 300 million dollars at the US box office since its opening in December and has been the subject of a great deal of discussion and debate among American citizens.

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