Omid Memarian is columnist whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. He was a World Peace Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2007–09 and the 2005 recipient of the Human Rights Defender Award, the highest honor bestowed by Human Rights Watch.

Justice Denied

As Iranian authorities scramble to explain the death of blogger Sattar Beheshti, sources close to the family tell The Daily Beast exclusive details about the gruesome case.

Monopoly Money

As the rial plummets in value and vendors desperately hoard dollars, president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces a harsh backlash from his political allies.

For at least 15 years, the Islamic Republic has quietly been offering gay Iranians exemptions from mandatory military service. But those exemptions often come with a cost.