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Map of Iran

(Map from Lonely Planet‘s website)




Iran continues to be the story of the day for anyone and everyone who deals with international politics. As the (new, just released) US State Department’s 2012 Annual Report of Terrorism states:

The year 2012 was also notable in demonstrating a marked resurgence of Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism, through its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), its Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), and Tehran’s ally Hizballah. Iran and Hizballah’s terrorist activity has reached a tempo unseen since the 1990s, with attacks plotted in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa

So as a public service, I’ve listed here below some of the easy and most-of-the-time-very-reliable online sources you can use, if you want to be in the know about Iran…



Anonymous blog – flagging tendencies in media coverage of Iran and the nuclear programme


Laura Rozen’s excellent column at Al Monitor. Rozen covers other issues than Iran, but it’s a good place to check in. and often!


A project translating leading stories from Persian media to English. With links t the original sources.


The Guardian’s “Elections in Iran”-project highlighting all the people who are currently under arrest for criticism of the regime. Scary, sad and absolutely obligatory reading.



Daily update on Iranian media’s stories regarding the ‘elections’ (I use that word cautiously. Elections in Iran are not free or fair, and thus not elections.)