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Iran’s Protests Suppressed, But Not Forgotten

"Dissatisfaction could escalate into a questioning of the legitimacy of Iranian institutions --- and even the Supreme Leader is not exempt" Frud Bezhan writes for...

Anger and Concern Over a Departure Tax in Iran

Worries about impact of tax on those who travel for pilgrimage, education, and business In a sign of the fragility of Iran's economic recovery, the...

Why Iran Quietly Abolished Death Penalty For Some Drug Crimes

"There's a realization by the Iranian authorities that executions have not been an effective solution to drug trafficking" Frud Bezhan writes for Radio Free Europe/Radio...

Iraq Feature: The “Assassination Brigades” Challenging the Islamic State in Mosul

PHOTO: Street scene in Mosul in Iraq, July 2014 Joanna Paraszczuk, formerly of EA, writes for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Their identities are secret. They work...

Iraq 1st-Hand: Rape, Abuse, & Slavery — A Yazidi Woman’s Ordeal...

PHOTO: Yazidi women in a refugee camp, August 2014 In August 2014, the Islamic State overran areas of northwest Iraq populated by Yazidis, a faith...