Hooman Majd served as an adviser and translator for two Iranian presidents, Mohammad Khatami and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on their trips to the US and the UN. He is the author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ and is based in New York.

The Iranian president's outrageous claims about 9/11 were the latest in a game he plays with the media. Hooman Majd on how we miss his real message amid the furor.

Yesterday's UN announcement that Iran has enough uranium for a bomb has raised the stakes on the upcoming presidential election there. A former adviser to Ahmadinejad and his challenger Khatami on the strange race that will shape Iran’s future.