Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Rushdie: from fatwa fugitive to free speech hero

Salman Rushdie Satanic Verses Fatwa, 30 Years On

On February 14, 1989 Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for British writer Salman Rushdie to be killed for writing “The Satanic Verses”, which the cleric said insulted Islam.

A man holds a poster of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a pro-government march in Tehran on January 5, 2018

Iran Starts Marking 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hard-line Shiite clerics to power.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

State Department: Iran Is World’s ‘Leading State Sponsor of Terrorism’

The State Department released its annual report on global terrorism and deemed the Islamic Republic of Iran, the focus of a now-historic nuclear agreement, the world’s top sponsor of terrorism, second only to the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), which was labeled as “the greatest threat globally.”