Editorials Jun 24, 2013

A moderate wins in Tehran

Hassan Rowhani's victory in Iran's presidential election was a surprise, but don't expect this "moderate" to radically alter the country's course.

Iran poll shows waning clerics' clout

World / Politics | FOCUS Jun 14, 2013

Iran poll shows waning clerics' clout

by Jason Rezaian

For most of its 34-year history, Iran has been run by clerics serving not just as supreme leaders, but also as elected presidents, their turban-clad figures becoming familiar worldwide as Iran's public face. However, the theocratic order, whose base is Qom, a dusty city about ...

World / Politics Jun 12, 2013

Rules sap presidential campaign of excitement

by Jason Rezaian

In the nights leading up to the 2009 election, hundreds of thousands of Tehran residents flooded the streets in a show of excitement over a presidential contest that few had expected would attract much attention. Today, however, Iran's vast capital does not look like a ...

Modi tapped to lead '14 poll campaign for India's BJP

Asia Pacific / Politics Jun 11, 2013

Modi tapped to lead '14 poll campaign for India's BJP

India's Hindu nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday named controversial and polarizing leader Narendra Modi to head its campaign for the 2014 national elections, signaling that the pro-business politician may be the party's preferred candidate to lead the country if it wins. The appointment ...