May 30, 2014

Iran's Dubious Digital Revolution

Tom Risen, US News & World Report

The Associated Press

Rouhani's diplomatic outreach to the U.S. also has made him appear as a breath of fresh air for the West compared to his more conservative predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He has shelved the traditional aggressive rhetoric about Iranian rival Israel, dismissing the idea of invading other nations during a military parade in April. The U.S. has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since the 1979 hostage crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, but President Barack Obama and Rouhani took a historic step by talking on the phone in September.

But despite Rouhani's outreach, using the Internet remains difficult in Iran amid government repression.

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TAGGED: Iran, Hassan Rowhani, Hassan Rouhani, Internet, Freedom Of Speech


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