Political Capital

Kambiz Foroohar

Vienna's street cleaners walk by Coburg Palais hotel where US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the bilateral talls on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014.

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Vienna's street cleaners walk by Coburg Palais hotel where US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at the bilateral talls on the second straight day of talks over Tehran's nuclear program in Vienna, on July 14, 2014.

Hotel Vienna: Kerry Goes Marriott, Iranians Palais

In an unexpected twist, after more than two weeks of haggling in Vienna over the finer points of uranium enrichment, Iranian and U.S. diplomats find themselves united against the Europeans. Though they appear to part ways in their tolerance for...

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

Iranian Instagram Diplomacy: Smile

There may be “significant gaps” remaining to be resolved between Iran and  world powers, yet that hasn’t stopped the Islamic Republic’s deputy foreign minister from trying his own unique way of narrowing differences. During a top-level meeting in Palais Coburg,...

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This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with truckloads of captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.

Photograph AP Photo via militant website

This image posted on a militant website on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, appears to show militants from the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) with truckloads of captured Iraqi soldiers after taking over a base in Tikrit, Iraq.

Banned Iranian U.N. Envoy Tweeting U.S.-Iran Alliance

Remember Hamid Aboutalebi? He was the Iranian envoy to the United Nations barred from entering the U.S. because of his role as an interpreter for the militant student group that took American diplomats hostage in 1979. After keeping a low...

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An Iranian police helicopter passes above portraits of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and the former Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini's shrine on the 25th anniversary of his death on June 4, 2014 on the outskirts of Tehran.

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An Iranian police helicopter passes above portraits of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, and the former Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini's shrine on the 25th anniversary of his death on June 4, 2014 on the outskirts of Tehran.

Iranian Leader Reining In Critics

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is reining in conservative forces ahead of the negotiations to resolve the decade-long dispute over the country’s nuclear program. There are further signs of a shift in Iran’s political undercurrents — the latest of which...

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt conference on September 11, 2013 in San Francisco.

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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt conference on September 11, 2013 in San Francisco.

#FreeZuckerberg Minted on Twitter — as Iran Summons Facebook Founder

The Iranian judiciary’s war against President Hassan Rouhani over control of the Internet took another turn as a court in southern Iran summoned Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “The Zionist director of the company of Facebook, or his official attorney must...

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the 66th General Assembly Session at the United Nations on Sept. 22, 2011 in New York City.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the 66th General Assembly Session at the United Nations on Sept. 22, 2011 in New York City.

Ahmadinejad’s Legacy: Now Come the Tales

Revenge is a dish best served after nine months. That is how long former cabinet members for Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, waited before they dished out the dirt on the former president. On May 10, former Health Minister Marzieh...

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