Iranian Minister slammed for warning of 'dirty money' in politics

Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has been forced to walk back his claims that money from illegal drug smuggling has entered politics.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on March 5

Are Turkey, Saudi Arabia working together against Iran?

Analysts fear that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is being dragged into Saudi Arabia's anti-Iran Sunni bloc.
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 Fehim Taştekin for Al-Monitor Turkey Pulse on March 5

Former Iran VP speaks on interreligious outreach

In an interview with Al-Monitor, former Iranian Vice President Mohammad Ali Abtahi talks about the challenges of his work in interreligious outreach.
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 Masoud Lavasani for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 5

Head of Ennahda Movement speaks out

In an interview with El Khabar, Ahmed Mashreqi, the head of Tunisia’s Ennahda Movement, offers insight into revolutions in the Arab world, Tunisia’s nation-building process, and the possible consequences of Egypt’s military intervention in Libya in light of IS’ expansion in the region.
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Translated from El-Khabar (Algeria) on March 5

Democrats slam brakes on Iran action

Forget about voting on anything before March 24 deadline, House and Senate Democrats warn.
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 Julian Pecquet for Al-Monitor on March 4

Rafsanjani: Iran’s hard-liners 'in harmony with Netanyahu'

Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani has said that Iran's hard-liners are in line with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in opposing a nuclear deal with the West, drawing the ire of one of Iran's most conservative newspapers.
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 Arash Karami for Al-Monitor on March 4

Will Bibi's speech to Congress help his campaign?

The Likud Party hopes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech before the US Congress will stop the past few days' trend in polls of losing votes, just in time for Election Day.
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 Mazal Mualem for Al-Monitor on March 4

Iraqi provinces take ex-Baathists to court

Iraq's de-Baathification law has been a matter of controversy since its adoption in 2003, as some argue that the firm measures against former Baathists led to terrorism.
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 Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor on March 4

Bibi's 'House of Cards' moment

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has maneuvered himself into a win-win position: If an Iranian agreement isn’t reached, he'll celebrate all the way to the ballot box; if not, he can say that at least he tried to avert the catastrophe.
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 Ben Caspit for Al-Monitor on March 4

Iran's female editors rise to the top despite challenges

Despite a growth of female journalists in Iranian media, they still face various barriers and limits.
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 A correspondent in Tehran for Al-Monitor Iran Pulse on March 4

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