Compared to the amount of articles that appear about Iran, it's probably one of the least understood countries. No wonder, as most Iranians fail to understand it. One of the best books about the history and politics of Iran, covering everything from prehistoric past to the election of Ahmadinejad, is the book Iran, Empire of the Mind, written by Michael Axworthy. Next week Axworthy will visit Amsterdam to talk about Iran, its history and current events.
Info on this site is in Dutch, but event is in English! http://www.rodehoed.nl/nl/programma_details.php?id=821
Also the Netherlands based Iranian Progressive Youth has started a bi-weekly newsletter: