Roya Hakakian is the author of, most recently, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace (which was one of The Daily Beast's "10 Books That You Might Have Missed but Shouldn't 2011"). Visit her at


The crude populism, outlandish pronouncements, and primitive vocabulary have a familiar ring to someone who embraced, then fled, the Iranian revolution.

Déja Vu

The determination of the prosecutor, the press, and the Iranian exile community made all the difference in Germany, where the courts ruled against Iran’s highest leaders.

Crisis Revisited

As one of the students protesting outside the American embassy during hostage crisis that began in 1979, Roya Hakakian has a unique perspective on Ben Affleck’s film "Argo"—but the movie misses the crucial lesson of that moment.