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Trumps says he has ordered Navy to destroy any Iranian boats harassing U.S. ships: Where are things going? (Arabic), Sharq wa Gharb (London), 23/04.

Liz Sly, Stirrings of unrest around the world could portend turmoil as economies collapse, Washington Post, 20/04, p. 1 | Reproduced in Thai by Naewna (Bangkok) and in Vietnamese by VnExpress.

Thomas Seibert, A year after US stopped Iran’s oil exports, tensions are on the rise again, The Arab Weekly, 19/04, p. 2.

Thomas Seibert, Iran admits to under-reporting coronavirus figures as it faces biggest crisis since 1979, The Arab Weekly, 19/04, p. 1.

Thomas Seibert, Accusations to Tehran in killing of dissident add to Turkey–Iran tensions, The Arab Weekly, 05/04, p. 1.

Soulayma Mardam-Bey, Le FMI répondra-t-il à l’appel de Téhéran pour contrer le coronavirus ? [Will the IMF respond to Tehran’s call to fight the coronavirus?], L‘OrientLe Jour (Beirut), 17/03.

Rassismus: Wir sind hier, Zeit Online, 26/02 | Racism: This Is Our Home, Zeit Online, 03/03.

Maysam Bizaer, Neighbours close borders with Iran as virus concerns rise, Al Jazeera News, 24/02.

Golnaz Esfandiari, Iran’s Lowest Election Turnout Since Islamic Revolution A Blow To Khamenei, Clerical Establishment, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 23/02.

Marcus Mäckler, Parlamentswahl im Iran: Warum alles für die Hardliner spricht, Münchner Merkur, 23/02.

Parisa Hafezi, Iran’s »cup of poison«? Hardline win may point to eventual U.S. talks, Reuters, 22/02 | translated into Arabic by Reuters Arabic | reproduced in Persian by Shia News Association (Shafaqna) (Tehran), 23/02.

Rebecca Collard, Results of Iran’s parliamentary elections, CBC News »The World this Weekend with Martina Fitzgerald«, 22/02. {20min45–}

Philip Malzahn, Irans gestohlene Wahl [Iran’s stolen election], Neues Deutschland, 21/02, p. 5.

Karen Senz & Marion Sendker, Iran vor den Parlamentswahlen – ein Land ohne Wahl? [Iran ahead of the parliamentary elections – a country without choice?], SWR Aktuell »Kontext« (Germany), 20/02 & Wahlen im Iran [Elections in Iran], Ö1 (ORF) »Journal-Panorama« (Austria), 20/02.

Élie Saïkali, Trois points pour comprendre les enjeux des législatives iraniennes, L’OrientLe Jour, 20/02.

Christian Böhme & Thomas Seibert, Wahlen im Iran: Ist der Vormarsch der Hardliner noch zu stoppen? [Elections in Iran: Can the rise of the hardliners be stopped?], Der Tagesspiegel, 19/02.

Michael Hammerl, Der Iran wählt: Angst vor der Stimme des Volkes [Iran votes: Fearing the people’s voice], Kurier (Austria), 16/02, p. 10.

Thomas Seibert, »Moderate« candidates excluded in run-up to Iran’s legislative elections, The Arab Weekly, 16/02, p. 2.

Marion Sendker, Das politische Trauergebet: Doppeljubiläum im Iran [Political mourning prayer: Double anniversary in Iran], Deutschlandfunk, 11/02.

Maysam Bizaer & Zaheena Rasheed, Mass disqualification of candidates add to discontent in Iran, Al Jazeera News, 27/01 | Reproduced in Persian as اصولگرایان در آستانه تسلط بر پارلمان / مجلس جدید تندرو روحانی را استیضاح می‌کند؟, Rouydad 24 News Agency (Iran), 01/02.

After Soleimani killing: How much has Iran invested in its allies in the Middle East?, AlMushahid (Yemen), 21/01.

Wu Qin, 伊朗“折叠”:山脚下的人、沙漠里的人与戴面具的人, The Paper (China), 20/01.

Yan Boechat, A guerra que nunca termina: A guerra sem fim dos EUA no Oriente Médio, Valor Econômico (Brazil), 17/01, pp. 10-15.

Erin Cunningham, In Iran, it’s possible to be angry at both the government and America, Washington Post, 15/10.

Rick Noack, The resignations of several Iranian state journalists deal blow to Tehran’s ability to control narrative, Washington Post, 14/01 | My comments reproduced in Portuguese by O Estado de S. Paulo (Brazil).

Livia Gerster, Protest gegen Iran: Uns gibt es auch noch [Protest against Iran: We’re still here], Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), 12/01.

Emily Przyborowski, Washington’s relationship with Baghdad suffers fallout from US-Iran showdown, The Arab Weekly, 12/01, p. 4.

Duda Teixeira, O pós-conflito [The post-conflict], Crusoé (Brazil), 10/01.

Christian Shaudwet, Europas Traum vom iranischen Gas, Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima, 09/01 | Krise der Mullahs mit den USA: Europas Traum vom iranischen Gas ist geplatzt, Der Tagesspiegel, 10/01.

Rick Noack, Here’s what might happen if the U.S. were to suddenly quit Iraq, Washington Post, 09/01.

Shabnam von Hein, Iranisches TV verbreitet Berichte über enorme Wirkung der Raketen auf US-Stützpunkte, Focus Online/DW (Deutsche Welle), 09/01.

Serangan Iran di Irak, Pakar: Hanya Operasi »Teatrikal« Bukan Serangan Strategis [Iran’s Attack on Iraq, Experts: Only »Theatrical« Operations Are Not Strategic Attacks], DW (Deutsche Welle) Indonesian, 09/01 | Republished by Malang Post (Indonesia), 10/01.

Mehdi Fattahi & Aya Batrawy, On streets of Tehran, relief for now at no wider conflict, Associated Press, 09/01.

「烈士蘇萊曼尼行動」:伊朗發射22枚飛彈砲轟伊拉克美軍基地之後 川普:一切都好, DQ (Taiwan), 09/01.

Radosław Korzycki, Magdalena Cedro & Marceli Sommer, Iran szykuje się do odwetu [Iran is preparing for retaliation], Dziennik Gazeta Prawna (Poland), 07/01, p. 2.

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Paul Sonne, Once a policy afterthought, Iraq becomes a problem for Trump administration, Washington Post, 06/01 | Translated into Arabic by Almada Paper (Baghdad) | Comments reproduced in Persian by Kayhan (Tehran), 11/01.

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Michael Birnbaum, Soleimani’s funeral procession Iran sees massive crowds and calls for revenge, Washington Post, 06/01 | Republished by San Francisco Chronicle, 06/01.

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James Cartensen, Europe Frets as Iran Nuclear Deal Appears Near Collapse,, 06/01.

Iran announces the suspension of all its pledges within the framework of the nuclear deal: Has the deal collapsed?, Sharq wa Gharb (East and West) (London), 06/01.

Golnaz Esfandiari, Short-Term Support? Soleimani’s Killing Gives Iran A Chance To Rally People, Show Some Unity, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 05/01.

Maryam Shah, ‘Billion dollar question:’ How is Iran likely to respond to Soleimani’s killing?, Global News (Canada), 04/01.

Anthony Samrani, Pour répondre à l’assassinat de Soleimani, le casse-tête de Téhéran [Responding to the assassination of Soleimani, Tehran’s headache], L‘Orient–Le Jour, 04/01.

Helena Bento, Como uma guerra EUA/Irão não é provável já e como Trump sai beneficiado em pleno “impeachment”: o caso Soleimani, Expresso (Portugal), 03/01.

Benjamin Konietzny, USA töten Al-Kuds-Chef: Trump rast ins Nahost-Chaos [U.S. kills Al-Qods chief: Trump races into Middle East chaos],, 03/01.

Claire Parker & Rick Noack, Iran has invested in allies and proxies across the Middle East. Here’s where they stand after Soleimani’s death, Washington Post, 03/01. {French translation | Turkish translation| reproduced in Arabic by AlMawqea Post & AlAyyam (Aden)}

Christian Böhme & Thomas Seibert, Nach Krawallen vor der US-Botschaft in Bagdad: Droht Krieg zwischen den USA und dem Iran? [After the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad: Are we going to face a war between the U.S. and Iran?], Der Tagesspiegel, 02/01.


Wikistrat’s Key Trends in the Middle East in 2020, Wikistrat, 23/12.

Stefan Seibert, International nuclear pact with Iran could collapse in 2020, analysts say, The Arab Weekly, 20/12, p. 17.

Mia Swart, »Vicious crackdown«: Iran protest death toll at 304, Amnesty says, Al Jazeera English, 16/12.

Julie Kebbi & Soulayma Mardam-Bey, Les enjeux de l’après-révolte en Iran, L‘Orient–Le Jour, 07/12.

Borzou Daragahi, Iran admits 200,000 took part in recent anti-government protests, 731 banks torched, The Independent, 27/11 | in Turkish translation published by Independent Türkçe, 28/11 {Print version: Iran discloses sheer scale of anti-government protests, 28/11, p. 63} ▪ Comments reproduced in Arabic by Hawar News Agency (ANHA).

Wikistrat Special Analysis: The Regional Implications of the Protests in Iran, Wikistrat, 24/11.

Hazem Saghieh, How Bashar Assad Becomes a Symbol and Inspirer, Asharq Al-Aswat, 24/11 ▪ republished by The Independent (Bangladesh), 25/11 | Iraq and Lebanon protests must not go the Syria way, Khaleej Times (UAE), 25/11.

Jean-Pierre Perrin, Iran: les manifestants matés, la répression féroce commence, Mediapart, 23/11 ▪ Irán: tras la explosión social, la represión, transl. E. García, SinPermiso, 24/11.

Thomas Seibert, Iran’s regime in most serious crisis since 1979 as it cracks down on unrest, The Arab Weekly, 24/10, p. 15 ▪ Comments reproduced by Gulf News.

Unruhen: Rund 100 Protestanführer im Iran verhaftet [Unrest: About 100 protest leaders detained in Iran], (Austria), 22/11.

Iran : la stratégie américaine est-elle en train de fonctionner ?, L’Orient–Le Jour, 21/11.

Irans Führung setzt auf Härte [Iran’s leadership relies on stealth], Die Presse (Austria), 21/11, p. 4.

John Gambrell, Iran blames deadly unrest on outsiders, including US, Associated Press, 20/11 ▪ in Spanish, 20/11.

Karoline Krauser-Sandner & Evelyn Peternel, Sniper, Netzsperre, Tote: Geht es im Iran wirklich um den Benzinpreis? [Snipers, internet blackout, casualties: Is it really about the fuel price in Iran?], (Austria), 20/11.

Christian Böhme & Thomas Seibert, Unruhen im Iran: Geraten die Mullahs in Bedrängnis? [Unrest in Iran: Are the mullahs getting in trouble?], Der Tagesspiegel, 20/11 | My comments reproduced in Arabic by Sada Alsahil | Masr Al Arabia (Cairo) | Akhbar Yemen.

Georges Issa, بعد سنة على العقوبات النفطيّة… الإيرانيون في الشارع والنتائج لم تطابق الطموحات, An-Nahar (Lebanon), 20/11.

Delphine Minoui, Iran : la hausse de l’essence déclenche des révoltes [Iran: Fuel price rise triggers revolts], Le Figaro, 19/11, p. 9 • My comments reproduced by: ارتفاع سعر البنزين يثير انتفاضة في إيران و ربيع عراقي في شهر نوفمبر / تشرين الثاني, Radio Monte Carlo Douliya (Paris), 19/11 |  صحف فرنسية: مظاهرات إيران لن تخمد والثورة ستطال خامنئي, Al-Ain (UAE), 19/11 | Kitabat (Iraq), 20/11 | روزنامه ها: مشکلات شدید معیشتی، حمایت مالی دولت از گروه‌های بیگانه در کشورهای دیگر و افزایش بهای بنزین مردم را به خیابان‌ها آورده است, RFI (Radio France Internationale) Persian, 20/11.

Delphine Minoui, Iran : la hausse de l’essence déclenche des révoltes [Iran: Fuel price rise triggers revolts], Le Figaro, 19/11, p. 9.

Élie Saïkali, Face à la contestation, la contre-attaque du pouvoir iranien [Facing demonstrations, the Iranian government strikes back], L‘Orient–Le Jour, 19/11.

Nebojša Malić, Beyond the price of gas: Iranian protests raise specter of regime change, RT, 18/11.

Tanmay Kadam, Confidence Building Measures Needed Before the U.S. and Saudi Arabia Start a Dialogue With Iran, Global Security Review, 25/10.

Experts concerned about impact of US-Iran tension on Gulf region, Qatar Tribune, 23/10, p. 5.

Rick Noack, How four of America’s biggest foes can benefit from Trump’s Syria pullout, Washington Post, 15/10, p. A12.

Will protesters in Iraq get what they want?, Al Jazeera English »AJ Stream«, 14/10.

Thomas Seibert, Protests in Iraq could pose problems for Tehran, The Arab Weekly, 13/10, p. 15.

Austin Bodetti, Climate Change Threatens Iranian Crisis, LobeLog, 27/09.

Shabnam von Hein, Irans Friedensinitiative – echte Chance oder leere Worte? [Iran’s peace initiative – real chance or empty words?], DW (Deutsche Welle), 24/09.

Soulayma Mardam-Bey & Anthony Samrani, Comment Trump s’est laissé prendre à son propre piège anti-iranien [How Trump got caught up in his own Iran trap], L‘Orient–Le Jour, 21/09.

Javad Tale’i, کنفرانس ایران در بوخوم: ٤٠ سال مقاومت در برابر دیکتاتوری اسلامی [Iran conference in Bochum], RFI (Radio France Internationale) Farsi, 16/09.

Keyvandokht Ghahari, کنفرانس ایران در بوخوم؛ «مسئله شاه زائر و روحانیت تشنه قدرت» [Iran conference in Bochum], DW (Deutsche Welle) Persian, 14/09.

Thomas Seibert, Tehran raises stakes in nuclear row by escalating threats, making offers for talks, The Arab Weekly, 08/09, p. 15.

Élie Saïkal, Entre Téhéran et Paris, une délicate valse diplomatique [Between Tehran and Paris, a delicate diplomatic waltz], L‘Orient–Le Jour, 04/09 ▪ republished by Al Bayane (Morocco), 06/09.

Inga Rogg, Israel weitet den Kampf gegen Iran und dessen Verbündete aus [Israel extends fight against Iran and its allies], Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 26/08 (update 01/09).

Austin Bodetti, He’s why Iran is feuding with Stanford, OZY, 14/08.

Kourosh Ziabari, Iran’s minority regions bear brunt of climate change, Asia Times, 14/08.

The UAE and Iran sign a memorandum of understanding to strengthen and consolidate border security (in Arabic), Sharq Wa Gharb (East and West), 01/08.

Thomas Seibert, Iran warnt Europa vor Marinemission: Zwischen Tankern, Drohnen und der Bombe [Iran warns Europe of marine mission: Between tankers, drones and the bomb], Der Tagesspiegel, 28/07.

Thomas Seibert, Europe steps up diplomatic efforts to save nuclear pact as Iran widens claims, The Arab Weekly, 28/07–03/08, p. 4 ▪ republished on Middle East Online, 30/07.

Thomas Seibert, Krise am Golf: Europa will Konflikt zwischen Iran und USA entschärfen [Crisis in the Gulf: Europe wants to defuse conflict between Iran and the U.S.], General-Anzeiger, 26/07.

Inga Rogg, Iran streckt Trump die Hand aus: Die neue Diplomatie ergänzt die militärischen Nadelstiche in der Strasse von Hormuz [Iran extends hands to Trump: New diplomacy complements the military pinpricks in the Strait of Hormuz], NZZ am Sonntag, 27/07, p. 5.

Golnaz Esfandiari, A Tanker For A Tanker: What Is Iran’s Endgame As It Seizes British Ship?, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), 22/07.

The implications of Iran’s detention of a British oil tanker  (in Arabic), Sharq Wa Gharb (East and West), 20/07.

Amal A. Wahab, Iran må forhandle [Iran ought to negotiate], Klassekampen (Norway), 20/07.

Stasa Salacanin, Between the hammer and the anvil: Europe under significant pressure from both US and Iran, The New Arab, 17/07 ▪ reported in Dutch, 24/07.

After the meeting between Macron’s adviser and Rouhani: Does France succeed in easing the tensions between Washington and Tehran?  (in Arabic), Sharq Wa Gharb (East and West), 12/07.

Élie Saïkal, Paris peut-il jouer les intermédiaires entre Washington et Téhéran ?, L‘Orient–Le Jour, 10/07.

Julie Kebbi, L’Iran accentue la pression sur l’Union européenne, L‘Orient–Le Jour, 08/07.

António Abreu, A preparação da guerra contra o Irão [The preparation of war against Iran], abril (Portugal), 03/07.

Iran declares it has exceeded limits of enriched uranium: What does that mean in light of escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran? (in Arabic), Sharq Wa Gharb (East and West), 02/07.

Borzou Daraghi, Iran breaches uranium enrichment limit, hinting at Trump’s failing brinkmanship strategy, The Independent, 01/07 [published in print as US and Europe anxious as Iran breaches uranium limit, 02/07] ▪ republished on Yahoo! News, 01/07. | in Vietnamese translation.

Thomas Seibert, Iran and US approach ‘end of diplomacy’, war of words escalates after new sanctions, The Arab Weekly, 30/06–06/07, p. 4.

Borzou Daraghi, Beyond Control: Iran and its Opponents Locked in a Lopsided Confrontation, Washington, DC: Atlantic Council, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security (Issue Brief), 28 June 2019.

Livia Gerster, Den Feind fernhalten [Keeping the enemy at bay], Frankfurter Allgemeine Woche, 28/06, p. 32.

Christian Böhme & Thomas Seibert, Konfrontation im Persischen Golf: Ein Bündnis gegen den Iran [Confrontation in the Persian Gulf: An alliance against Iran], Der Tagesspiegel, 26/06.

Thomas Seibert, Konflikt zwischen USA und Iran: Vor dem Ende der Diplomatie [Conflict between U.S. and Iran: Nearing the end of diplomacy], General-Anzeiger, 26/06.

Is there a war between the United States and Iran looming? (in Arabic), Sharq Wa Gharb (East and West), 21/06.

Emma Gouaille, Les États-Unis à deux doigts d’attaquer l’Iran, DW (Deutsche Welle) Afrique, 21/06.

Inga Rogg, Die iranische Führung trotzt Trump [Iranian leaders defy Trump], Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 21/06.

How U.S. Allies in the Middle East are Responding to Rising Tensions with Iran, TIME, 18/06.

Iran to surpass uranium stockpile limits within days: AEOI, Al Jazeera News, 17/06 | Reported: Sandra Johansson, Expert: Iran’s gambit is symbolic – wants to put pressure (Swedish), Omni, 17/06 ▪ Irán superará el límite de uranio enriquecido en 10 días, (Spain), 17/06 ▪ António Saraiva Lima, Irão avisa que está a dias de superar limite de acumulação de urânio enriquecido, Público (Portugal), 17/06 ▪ Wawan Sukma Ichwanuddin, Badan Energi Atom Iran Lipatgandakan Produksi Uranium, (Indonesia), 17/06 ▪ Iran to breach uranium stockpile limit in 10 days: AEOI spokesperson, The Dispatch (India), 18/06.

After the Gulf of Oman incident: Drums of war between Washington and Tehran? (in Arabic), Sharq Wa Gharb (East and West), 15/06.

João de Almeida Dias, Do estreito de Ormuz às filas de gasolina, a tensão com o Irão tem muito por onde piorar [From the Strait of Hormuz to the gas lines, the tension with Iran has a lot to worsen], Observador (Portugal), 14/06.

Thomas Seibert, Possible mediators for crisis between Iran and US line up, but prospects in doubt, The Arab Weekly, 02–08/06, p. 4.

Christian Böhme & Thomas Seibert, US-Außenminister trifft Merkel: Pompeo macht Iran für Angriffe auf Öltanker verantwortlich [U.S. Secretary of State meets Merkel: Pompeo blames Iran for attacks on oil tankers], Der Tagesspiegel, 31/05.

Inga Rogg, Trump schwächt die iranischen Regimegegner [Trump weakens Iranian regime opponents], NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) am Sonntag, 26/05, p. 3.

Anh Tuấn, Rủi ro trong chính sách »bên miệng hố chiến tranh« của Iran [The risks of Iran’s »brinkmanship«], Vietnam News Agency (VNA), 25/05.

Rasha Alkhadra, Umfrage zur Europawahl: Die Angst der Flüchtlinge vor noch mehr Druck [Survey on the European elections: The refugees‘ fear of even more pressure], Der Tagesspiegel, Sonderbeilage »Journalisten im Exil«, 24/05.

Iran Tingkatkan Uranium Empat Kali Lipat [Iran increases uranium fourfold], (Jakarta), 22/05.

Nathania Riris Michico, Iran Tingkatkan Pengayaan Uranium hingga 4 Kali Lipat [Iran increases uranium enrichment fourfold], iNews (Indonesia), 21/05.

Iran slams »genocidal taunts« by US, increases uranium stockpiles, Al Jazeera English News, 21/05.

Lauren Meier, Iran ramps up uranium enrichment after Trump threats, The Washington Times, 20/05.

Thomas Seibert, Iran engages in high-risk game of brinkmanship that could lead to war, The Arab Weekly, 19–26/05, p. 1  ▪ republished on Middle East Online, 22/05.

What does Iran want from the European Union? (in Persian), Deutsche Welle (DW) Persian, 17/05.

Rahel Klein, Deutschland und Iran: Durch gute und schlechte Zeiten [Germany and Iran: Through good and bad times], Deutsche Welle (DW), 09/05 ▪ republished on Focus Online, 09/05 | transl. into Arabic, DW Arabic, 11/05 ▪ republished on Akhbrna (Cairo), 11/05 | transl. into Croatian, DW Croatian service, 12/05 | transl. into Bosnian, DW Bosnia & Herzegovina, 13/05.

How will Iran respond to mounting U.S. pressure? [in Arabic], Al-Khaleej 365 (Gulf 365), 25/04.

Ladane Nasseri, Patience, Bluster or Escalation: How Iran Might Respond to Trump, Bloomberg News, 24/04 ▪ republished by The Morning Call (Pennsylvania), 24/04 | Chicago Tribune, 24/04 | MSN News, 24/04 | Post Bulletin (Minnesota), 24/04.

Thomas Seibert, Iranians’ anger over slow response to flooding adds to pressure on Tehran, The Arab Weekly, 21–27/04, p. 15.

Alphan Telek, Foreign Policy Talks (2) Seminar Report: Iran and Middle Eastern Politics, Istanbul Political Research Institute (IstanPol), 13/04.

Petra Schreiber, Europa leben: Tradition und Moderne [Living Europe: Tradition and modernity],, 12/04.

Marion Sendker, Wie Irans Regime vom Streit mit Amerika profitieren will [How Iran’s regime wants to benefit from strife with America], Deutschlandfunk »Informationen am Morgen« & Deutschlandfunk Kultur »Studio 9 kompakt«, 10/04.

Mohammad-Ali Shabani, Cholerischer Charismatiker: Mohammad Zarif hat sich als iranischer Außenminister zum Rücktritt vom Rücktritt durchgerungen [Choleric and charismatic: Zarif brought himself to resign from his resignation as Iranian foreign minister], Der Freitag, No. 11/2019 (13/03), p. 2.

Thomas Seibert, Assad takes victory lap in Tehran amid power struggle among Iran’s elite, The Arab Weekly, 03/03, p. 8.

Thomas Seibert, Zarif’s attempted resignation was ‘cry for help’ amid pressure by hardliners, The Arab Weekly (online), 28/02.

Virginia Pietromarchi, Iran power struggle continues as Zarif keeps top diplomatic post, Al Jazeera News, 28/02.

Thomas Seibert, Außenminister Irans – Rätsel um Rücktritt [Iran’s Foreign Minister – Condundrum regarding resignation], Der Tagesspiegel, 27/02, p. 4.

David Nassar & Anthony Samrani, Zarif a-t-il perdu la bataille contre les pasdaran ? [Has Zarif lost the battle against the pasdaran?], L’Orient–Le Jour, 27/02.

Thomas Seibert, Reformer verlieren in Teheran an Boden, Nürnberger Nachrichten, 27/02, p. 4.

Thomas Seibert, Aus Iran dürfte bald ein schärferer Wind wehen: Rücktritt des iranischen Außenministers lässt Hardliner jubeln, Schwäbische Zeitung, 27/02, p. 6.

Delphine Minoui, Iran: le coup de sang de Mohammad Javad Zarif face aux «faucons» iraniens [Zarif’s angry shot at Iranian »falcons«], Le Figaro, 26/02.

Inga Rogg, Der iranische Präsident hält an Aussenminister Javad Zarif fest [The Iranian President holds onto Foreign Minister Zarif], Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 26/02.

Thomas Seibert, Zarif’s resignation could be reflection of Iran infighting, boost for US hawks, The Arab Weekly (online), 26/02.

Ungewissheit über Rücktritt von Irans Außenminister Sarif, AFP, 25/02.

Mladen Pleše, Amerikanci su u Poljskoj organizirali summit na kojem su pokušali nagovoriti EU da se okrenu protiv Irana; neslavno su propali [In Poland, the Americans organized a summit in which they tried to persuade the EU to turn against Iran; they have fallen unconsciously], Telegram (Zagreb), 16/02.

Jan Smolenski & Virginia Pietromarchi, US-led Middle East summit in Warsaw: All you need to know, Al Jazeera News, 13/02 ▪ republished by Pakistan & Gulf Economist (PAGE), 17/02.

Jan Smoleński, Šta će donijeti američki samit protiv Irana u Varšavi? [What will bring an American summit against Iran in Warsaw?], Al Jazeera Balkans, 13/02.

Borzou Daraghi, Iran’s revolutionaries, masters of chaos and crisis, mark 40 years of the Islamic Republic, The Independent, 11/02. {Tweet}

Markus Mäckler, Sieg der Mullahs vor 40 Jahren: Die düsteren Folgen der Revolution [Victory of the mullahs 40 years ago: The dismal consequences of the revolution], Münchner Merkur, 11/02, p. 4.

Thomas Seifert, Pressure on Iran grows as Europe gets tougher and oil exports fall, The Arab Weekly, 27/01, p. 15 ▪ republished by The Middle East Online (London), 30/01 ▪ EU suspects Tehran of terrorist activities on its territory, Vestnik Kavkaza, 31/01.

Katar oficjalnie opuścił OPEC: Czy to zapowiedź nowej rewolucji na Bliskim Wschodzie? [Qatar has officially left OPEC: Is this the preview of a new revolution in the Middle East?], (Polonia Christiana) (Kraków, Poland), 05/01.

Nisan Ahmado, Experts Warn Gulf Rift Widening as Qatar Quits OPEC, Voice of America (VOA), 02/01 ▪ republished by People’s Television Network, Inc. (PTNI) (Philippines), 03/01.


Kent R. Kroeger, Tracking possible war crimes in Yemen, (Des Moines, IA), 19/12.

Marion Sendker, US-Sanktionen: Deutsche Firmen ziehen sich aus Iran zurück [U.S. sanctions: German companies retreat from Iran], Deutschlandfunk, 24/11 (»Informationen am Morgen« & »Informationen am Morgen Abend«) & 25/11 (»Studio 9 kompakt«) & MDR.

Tharwat Mansour, Relying on exceptions and activating a huge smuggling network: What are 

the ropes of Iran’s survival from U.S. sanctions? (Arabic), Raseef22, 20/10.

Thomas Seibert, US elections unlikely to offer relief to Iran as sanctions come into force, The Arab Weekly, 11/11, p. 16.

Borzou Daraghi & Samuel Osborne, Rouhani: Iran faces »war situation« over US sanctions, The Independent, 06/11.

Terrance J. Mintner, The Ethical Dimension of U.S. Sanctions on Iran, The Media Line, 03/10.

David Nassar, La communauté chiite, bras de l’Iran en France ? [The Shia community, Iran’s arm in France ?], L’Orient–Le Jour, 03/10, p. 7.

Quốc Vinh, Iran launches rockets into Syria: face saved, weapons tested? (Vietnamese), Người Đưa Tin (Hanoi), 02/10.

René Garzke & Julian Röpcke, Irans Raketen-Attacke in Syrien [Iran’s missile attack in Syria],, 01/10.

Ali Arouzi & F. Brinley Bruton, Iran launches missiles at Syria, but message is aimed at U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, NBC News, 01/10.

Nach Anschlag im Iran: Teheran verschärft Drohungen gegen die USA [After attack in Iran: Tehran steps up threats against the U.S.],, 24/09.

Marion Sendker, Hintergründe des Anschlags auf Militärparade im Iran [Backgrounds of attack on military parade in Iran], Deutschlandfunk »Informationen an Mittag« & SWR (radio), 24/09.

Élie Saïkali, Khamenei menace de renoncer à l’accord sur le nucléaire [Khamenei threatens to leave the nuclear agreement], L’Orient–Le Jour, 31/08, p. 6.

Terrance J. Mintner, Iran and Syria Tout a Defense and Reconstruction Deal, The Media Line, 30/08.

Martin Gehlen & Stefan Kegel, Nicht zu retten: Noch bemühen sich die Europäer um den Atomvertrag mit Iran, doch haben die USA und ihre Wirtschaftsmacht das Rennen schon entschieden [Beyond remedy: The Europeans still make efforts regarding the nuclear accord with Iran, but the U.S. and its economic might has already decided the race], Märkische Oderzeitung (MOZ), 28/08, p. 3.

David Nassar, L’Iran signe un accord sur son rôle en Syrie pour l’après-guerre [Iran signs an agreement about its post-war role in Syria], L’Orient–Le Jour, 28/08, p. 6.

Robert Mendick & Samer Al-Atrush, Brief taste of freedom: British mother in Iran, The Daily Telegraph, 24/08, p. 1.

Isabel Reifenrath, Rüstungsexporte nach Saudi-Arabien: Treibt Deutschland den Krieg im Jemen an? [Arms sales to Saudi Arabia: Does Germany fuel the war in Yemen?], hr-iNFO (Hessischer Rundfunk), 09/08.

Júlia Zaremba, EUA reinstalam sanções contra o regimo iraniano a partir desta terça [USA reinstates sanctions against Iranian regime as of Tuesday], Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil), 07/08, p. A14.

Élie Saïkali, À quel point la République islamique peut-elle résister à la pression américaine ? [To which point can the Islamic Republic resist to American pressure?], L’Orient–Le Jour, 07/08, p. 6.

Thomas Seibert, Der diskrete Reichtum der Ajatollahs: Irans Elite und ihre Milliarden-Geschäfte [The ayatollahs‘ discrete wealth: Iran’s élite and its billions worth of business], Der Tagesspiegel, 03/08, p. 5 ▪ republished by Potsdamer Neueste NachrichtenAugsburger AllgemeineKölner Rundschau.

Thomas Seibert, Top-level corruption in Iran in spotlight as US pressures regime, The Arab Weekly, 29/07–04/08, p. 5 | German translation published as Iran: Die diskrete Koruption der Mullahs, Die Presse (Austria).

Iraq, non c’è più acqua: il governo vuole importarla dai Paesi confinanti [Iraq, there is no more water: The government wants to import it from neighboring countries],, 16/07.

Thomas Cantaloube, Après un an de blocus saoudien, le Qatar se porte comme un charme [After one year of the Saudi blockade, Qatar is hale and hearty], Mediapart, 06/07 ▪ reported in Arabic by Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 07/07 | Al Jazeera Arabic, 08/07 | Lusail News (Qatar), 09/07.

Julie Kebbi, Les Iraniens à nouveau dans les rues contre l’eau polluée [Iranians again on the streets against polluted water], L’Orient–Le Jour, 03/07, p. 7.

Teheran accusa: »Israele impedisce alle nuvole di portare la pioggia in Iran«,, 03/07 | English (Tehran accuses Israel of preventing clouds from bringing rain to Iran) | Spanish (Teherán acusa: »Israel impide que las nubes traigan lluvias a Irán«).

Samer al-Atrush, Pressure mounts on Iranian regime as traders go on strike and sanctions begin to bite, The Sunday Telegraph, 01/07 | Reported in Arabic by Alarab Post (Beirut), 01/07 ▪ Erem News (Abu Dhabi), 01/07 ▪ Arabi21 TV (Egypt), 01/07 ▪ (UAE), 01/07 ▪ AlKarama Press (Palestine), 03/07.

Tharwat Mansour, Europe is seeking to salvage the nuclear deal with Iran … and its collapse means Russian gains and Saudi losses (Arabic), Raseef22 (Beirut), 24/06.

George Issa, A »realistic way« for Europe to obtain regional concessions from Iran? (in Arabic), An-Nahar (Lebanon), 22/06.

Artemis Mavroidi, Ausstellung »Schule ohne Rassismus – Schule mit Courage« [Exhibition »School without racism – School with courage«],, 10/06.

Mark Trainer, Finding creative ways to protest, ShareAmerica, 05/06 | French | Spanish | Chinese | Russian | Arabic | Portuguese | Indonesian (27/06).

  1. Brinley Bruton & Paul Goldman & Lawahez Jabari, Israeli official flies to Russia amid reports of deal on Iran’s role in Syria, NBC News, 30/05 ▪ republished on euronews, 30/05.

Iran’s Already Tense Political Landscape Intensifies, The Media Line, 23/05 ▪ republished as: Iran’s Already Tense Political Landscape Intensifies with Nuclear Deal Exit, Jerusalem Post (online), 24/05 | in Spanish translation: El panorama político tenso de Irán se intensifica con la energía nuclear salida de reparto, Noticias de Israel, 24/05.

Austin Bodetti, How Iran’s role differs in Syria and Yemen war, The New Arab, 21/05.

İran’a olası yaptırımlar Avrupalı şirketleri endişelendiriyor [European companies fear possible Iran sanctions], ANF (Ajansa Nûçeyan a Firatê, Firat News Agency), 10/05 ▪ Medya Haber TV, 10/05.

Diana Dittmer, Rückzug vom Atom-Deal: Trump stellt deutschen Firmen Iran-Ultimatum [Retreat from nuclear deal: Trump issues Iran ultimatum to German companies],, 09/05.

Donald Trump declares US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, Al Jazeera News, 08/05 ▪ published by Qatar Tribune, 08/05 ▪ republished by The New Times (Rwanda), 09/05 | in Indonesian translation published on Mata-Mata Politik (Jakarta), 09/05.

Élie Saïkali, L’Iran « sortira de l’accord sur le nucléaire si les États-Unis en sortent » : La tension monte à l’approche de la date butoir du 12 mai [Iran »is going to leave the nuclear deal if the United States does so«: Tensions rise ahead of the 12 May deadline], L’Orient–Le Jour, 04/05.

Borzou Daraghi, How Iran Hopes to Counter-Punch Trump, The Daily Beast, 02/05.

Julie Kebbi & Anthony Samrani, Israël passe à la vitesse supérieure contre l’Iran [Israel steps up in full speed against Iran], L’Orient–Le Jour, 01/05, pp. 1 & 6.

Norbert Hofmann, Riskante Geschäfte mit Iran [Risky business with Iran], Süddeutsche Zeitung, 27/04.

Christian Böhme & Kevin P. Hoffmann, Trump und das Iran-Abkommen: Wie die Europäer versuchen, den Atomdeal zu retten [Trump and the Iran deal: How the Europeans try to save the nuclear deal], Der Tagesspiegel, 25/04.

Austin Davis, European leaders faced with tense situation while they wait for Trump’s decision on Iranian nuclear deal, ARA (Associated Reporters Abroad), 21/04.

Marcus Mäckler, 70 Jahre Israel – Zum Geburtstag ein Krieg? Spannungen zwischen Iran und Israel [Israel at 70 – A war for its anniversary? Tensions between Iran and Israel], Münchner Merkur, 20/04.

Austin Davis, Europeans weigh options on high-stakes Iran nuclear deal while waiting for Trump’s decision, The Washington Times, 16/04.

Élie Saïkali, Accord nucléaire : les scénarios de l’Iran en cas de retrait des États-Unis [Nuclear deal: Scenarios for Iran in case of the United States’ withdrawal], L’Orient–Le Jour (Beirut), 11/04, p. 7.

Paula Schmitz & Clara Repmann, Deutschland, Döner, Denkstrukturen,, 30/03.

Artemis Mavroidi, »Demokratie und Menschenrechte sind universal« – Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad spricht am SGA [»Democracy and human rights are universal« – Dr. Ali Fathollah-Nejad speaks at the SGA], Main-Echo, 12/03 ▪ Der Heimatbote, 27/03.

Heinrich Maetzke, Iran: Die Export-Hoffnung ist geplatzt, Bayernkurier, 15/03.

Susanne Klaiber, Umweltschützer im Visier: Irans Häscher schlagen wieder zu [Environmentalists targeted: Iran’s bloodhounds strike again] , HuffPost Deutschland, 14/02.

Julie Kebbi, En Iran, match nul dans la bataille pour le pouvoir [In Iran, a draw in the battle for power], L’Orient-Le Jour, 12/02, p. 7.

Roberto Vivadelli, Iran, le rivendicazioni delle donne vanno oltre il velo [Iran, women’s demands go beyond the veil], Il Giornale On Line (Milano), 24/01.

Moritz Eichhorn, Teheran gegen Berlin: Kabalen iranischer Art, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS), 21/01.

Muhammad Zamir [fmr. Ambassador], Iran protests highlight issues of good governance and accountability, The Financial Express (Dhaka), 21/01 ▪ a version published as Can there be meaningful change in Iran?, Dhaka Tribune (Bangladesh), 20/01 ▪ Domestic issues need to be addressed in Iran, Bangladesh Post, 23/01.

Daniel Steinvorth, Die Mär von den guten und den bösen Mullahs: Solidarität mit den Iranern, nicht mit den Mullahs [The tale of the good and bad mullahs: Solidarity with Iranians, not with the mullahs], Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 19/01.

Stefania D’Ignoti, Women’s campaigns flourish beyond Iran protests, Al-Monitor, 18/01.

Josie Ensor, Why are Iranian protesters calling for the return of the Shah?, The Telegraph (online), 14/01.

Anna Samarina, Proteste im Iran: 21 Tote und über 450 Verhaftete – Warum reagierte die Bundesregierung nur zögerlich?, Epoch Times, 13/01.

Manfred Bergheim, Großen Hoffnungen folgt die Ernüchterung, VDI nachrichten, Verband Deutscher Ingenieure (VDI, Association of German Engineers), Vol. 72, Nos. 1–3 (12/01), p. 7.

Nadine Abdalla, Two Major Keys for Understanding the Iranian Protests (in Arabic), Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt), 12/01.

Jörg Lau, Iran: »Brot, Arbeit, Freiheit« [Iran: »Bread, job, freedom«], Die Zeit, No. 03/2018 (11–17/01), p. 6. {Persian translation}

Marcus Mäckler, Atomabkommen: Trumps heikle Entscheidung, Münchner Merkur, 11/01, p. 4 & Oberbayerisches Volksblatt (OBV), 11/01.

Proteste in Iran [Protests in Iran], »Politik – Hintergrund aktuell«,, Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education), 11/01.

Fatima Al-Smadi, Iran’s Protests: Are They the Start of the »Bread« Uprising?, Report, Doha: Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, 08/01.

Asa Fitch & Jared Malsin, Behind Iran’s Protests: A Struggling Economy Despite Sanctions Relief, The Wall Street Journal (online), 04/01.

Samia Medawar, L’interventionnisme iranien dans la ligne de mire des manifestants [Iranian interventionism in the protesters‘ line of fire], L’Orient-Le Jour (Beirut), 03/01, p. 7. [Republished by Le Courrier international, 03/01]

Ein Flächenbrand ohne sichtbaren Auslöser [A wild fire without apparent trigger], AFP, 03/01.

Andreia Martins, Entre a “ingerência externa” e o direito ao protesto. O que se passa no Irão?, RTP (Rádio e Televisão de Portugal), 03/01.

»Der Protest fiel auf fruchtbaren Boden« [»The protest took place on fertile gound], Münchner Merkur, 03/01 ▪ Oberbayerisches Volksblatt (OVB), 03/01.

(Pashto) Maseer Daily (Afghanistan), 02/01.

Jahin Khan, Economic Protests Shake Iran, The Organization for World Peace, 02/01.

Iran-Experte Fathollah-Nejad warnt vor Zerrbild der Proteste im Iran [Iran expert Fathollah-Nejad warns about a distortion of the protests in Iran), dpa (Deutsche Presse-Agentur), 02/01.

Marco Fieber, Aufstand von unten: Warum die Proteste im Iran ein Klassenkampf sind [Uprising from below: Why the protests in Iran are a class struggle], HuffPost, 02/01.

Gewalttätige Proteste: Iran verliert die Kontrolle [Violent protests: Iran loses control], Handelsblatt, 02/01.

Hunderte Festnahmen im Iran – Oberster Führer sieht Verschwörung [Hundreds of arrests in Iran – Supreme Leader sees conspiracy], (Austria), 02/01.

Ariane Sohrabi-Shirazi, Iran protests: Why are thousands of Iranians demonstrating against the government?, Daily Star (UK), 02/01.

Why did protests erupt in Iran? Here’s everything you need to know about the protests rocking Iran, Vennomax, 02/01.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, Iran Protests Explained: Why Are Thousands of Iranians Taking to the Streets, Haaretz, 01/01.

Borzou Daraghi, Iran’s Rouhani Acknowledges Right To Protest, But Blasts Trump For Encouraging It, BuzzFeed News, 31/12.

Five things you need to know about protests in Iran, Al Jazeera English, 31/12.

Malin Rising, Experter: Ökande sociala klyftor bakom protester [Experts: Increasing social gaps behind protests], Omni (Sweden), 31/12.

Orkhan Sattarov, Expert: »Saudi Arabia can’t stop Iran’s advance in the region«, Vestnik Kavkaza, 29/12.