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Camelia Entekhabifard

Camelia Entekhabifard is an Iranian-American journalist, political commentator and author of Camelia: Save Yourself By Telling the Truth (Seven Stories Press, 2008).

Twitter: ​@CameliaFard

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Iran’s ‘fantasy’ of support from Putin

Iranians watched the news conference given by US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after their summit in Helsinki last week with particular interest — and with a particular eye on Putin.

July 21, 2018

Will US bring back carrot and stick approach to Iran?

Not a day that goes by when, via private messages or on social media, Iranians don’t express their anxieties and concerns over the future of the nuclear deal and ask me if I know what President Donald Trump will do with the agreement in mid-May.

March 31, 2018

Trump’s Nowruz ‘gift’ to Tehran: John Bolton

Iranians began celebrating Nowruz on March 21, and while the country is on holiday, not many people feel happy and relaxed as the news signals stormy days ahead.

March 24, 2018

Another Trump surprise, and it’s bad news for Iran

Since the beginning of his presidency, Donald Trump has surprised the world — and the American people — on many occasions.

March 17, 2018

What Iranians learnt about MBS from state TV (Clue: Not a lot)

Persian TV Channels in the diaspora devoted considerable coverage last week to the high-profile trips to Egypt and the UK by Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

March 10, 2018

Iran, Israel and their phoney war

Western intelligence sources say Iran has built another permanent military base outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, with hangars used to store missiles capable of hitting any target in Israel.

March 03, 2018

Time for Iran to stop meddling and start talking

Once again, the US, Europe and Arab states have asked Iran to stop meddling in other countries’ affairs, and criticized its ballistic missile program — this time at the annual Munich Security Conference.

February 24, 2018

Times are changing — and not in Iran’s favor

Iran’s foreign currency exchange market experienced one of its biggest ever crises when the rial fell to a record low last week, with the price of a single US dollar reaching a reported 50,000 rials.

February 20, 2018

Everyone wants change, but Iran isn’t listening

Iran’s leaders faced two major challenges at the end of 2017. The first was in October, when US President Donald Trump refused to certify Iranian compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, and threatened to withdraw completely unless it was renegotiated.

February 10, 2018

Why Iran’s clerical dictators have nothing to celebrate

The clerical regime in Iran has begun celebrations for the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution. It coincides with national protests that began a month ago in the city of Mashhad and soon spread across the nation, with one aim — regime change. 

February 03, 2018