Obstacles to Democracy

What do we know about Iran’s Guardian Council and its role in legislation and elections?

December 3, 2020

Episode 6: Election Oversight Boards

Who spies on kids to make sure that they are ideologically pure?
November 26, 2020

Episode 5: The Supervision of the Guardian Council

"Four or five old men are making decisions for all of Iran?..."
November 26, 2020

Podcast Episode 4: Legislating Against Women

"It doesn't matter if you wear a hijab or you don't, we need to come together, not fight each other."
November 12, 2020

Episode 3: Interpreting the Constitution

Announcing Episode 3 of Arseh Sevom's podcast.
November 5, 2020

Podcast Episode 2: The Consequences of Torture

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October 27, 2020

Arseh Sevom is Launching a Podcast!

"The Guardian Council is one of the biggest obstacles to democracy in Iran. Every hour it gets even more powerful with its own militia, control over elections, and especially the law." 
April 6, 2020

Mohammad Yazdi, Jurist

Few clerics have been as vocal in their attacks on powerful figures as Mohammad Yazdi (محمد یزدی) and remained safe. Yazdi has managed to go after a number of prominent clerics without ever being held accountable for his comments. He has always enjoyed the support of the Supreme Leader
March 23, 2020

Sadegh Amoli Larijani, Jurist

Sadegh Amoli Larijani (صادق آملی لاریجانی) is just one of five brothers with powerful positions in the Islamic Republic of Iran. For several years, the Larijani brothers were particular favorites of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khameini, who was ready to appoint them to any empty post.
March 23, 2020

Said Mohammad Reza Modarresi Yazdi, Jurist

Said Mohammad Reza Modarresi Yazdi inherited the mantle of revolution from his father, a reknowned cleric and ally to Ayatollah Khomeini