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The U.S. Should Not Accompany Saudi Arabia Over the Cliff

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Saddam Hussein in the 1990s and currently Bashar al-Assad -- the heads of the Baath party in Iraq and Syria -- both played the religious card. However, Baathist doctrine in Iraq and Syria is basically irreligious. The Saudis are using religion as their excuse now, labeling the recent mass executions as preserving their religion when they are actually a message to frighten their citizens into submission.

Follies of Denial: Accommodation with Iran

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 09.03.2016 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Much analysis on the Iran nuclear agreement has sidelined human rights, particularly women's rights, largely ignored Iranian aggression, and forgotten the history of comparable pacts.

Trump's Big Mouth/Big Money Campaign Is All Too Emblematic of the Era

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2015 | Media
William Bradley

Donald Trump keeps on saying stupid, hateful things. About Mexicans, women, John McCain, Megyn Kelly... And he keeps on leading the Republican presidential race. Gosh, could there be a correlation?

Iran's Honor System Nuke Deal Solves A Problem But Begs A Question

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Let's not kid ourselves. The deal with Iran that President Barack Obama so proudly announced on Tuesday does not prevent the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power. Far from it. The unasked, and unanswered, question in all the predictable hubbub and blather is how much that matters.

Middle East to Rebrand

Steven Clifford | Posted 10.04.2014 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Gentlemen, it time to rebrand. Start with the name. Change it from "The Middle East," to "The Middle Way." In focus group research, the former suggests violence, hostility and chaos while the later evokes tolerance, compromise and stability.

If There Are U.S. Air Strikes, They Should Not Be For the Purpose of Propping Up the Failed Iraqi State

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

While the Iraqi military, with some help from Iran and the U.S., may be able to hold on to what is left within its purview, it's hard to see it reclaiming much territory without major foreign interventions. Which could easily backfire, both for Tehran and Washington, the only capitals which might be involved.

Iran, U.S. Agree Final Nuclear Deal May Be Unreachable

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The United States and long-time arch-foe Iran agree on at least one ...

Iran's Supreme Leader Sad No One Goes Hiking With Him

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 06.19.2013 | World

Something has put the Supreme Leader of Iran in a supremely bad mood, and for once, it's not Israel or the United States. Yesterday afternoon, Ayatoll...

Holding Iran's Supreme Leader Accountable

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Reza Pahlavi

It is my sincere hope that whatever political motivations have previously guided nations in the past vis-à-vis Iran, they will do what is clearly right and side with the people of Iran by voting to refer this case to the International Criminal Court at once.

Time to Act on Iran Regime

Ali Safavi | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

The Iranian regime's nuclear aggression, suppression at home and terrorist support abroad are outracing US policy.

Reading Ahmadinejad via Wikileaks: A Freedom Lover or a Two-Bit Dictator?

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

In a recent article, Middle East expert Reza Aslan writes that Ahmadinejad may not be the hard-line president outside observers thinks he is. Here's why Aslan's characterization of Ahmadinejad is flawed.

Reality Check: Understanding the Mujahedin-e Khalq

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

There has not been a single credible and independently verifiable finding that the MEK ever targeted any civilians or non-combatants. This is why the Iranian mullahs have fabricated cases against it.

Biased Journalism in The Guardian

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ali Safavi

The Guardian recently took out the red pen and brazenly changed the wording in a piece regarding the MEK to say: "a guerrilla Sunni-Marxist movement" -- a label used by the regime to disparage the organization in the public eye.

Iran: People's Vitality, Regime's Paleness

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

Despite a flurry of threats and a hodgepodge of suppressive measures arranged by flustered authorities, Iranians, led by youths, came out in force in defiance of the regime and its Supreme Leader.

Iran Crisis Needs a Firm Response

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

In his 35-minute speech, the firebrand president of the Iranian regime defied logic and overstepped all bounds of deceit. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the US to join a "humane movement" to abolish all nuclear weapons.

Obama's Iran Dilemma: Human Rights or Nuclear Negotiations?

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Omid Memarian

The U.S. should strongly condemn Tehran's reckless behavior, but it should not forget that Iran is closer to a vibrant democracy than most dictatorships that have good relationships with the West.

Iranian Crisis: The Run-Up To Negotiation

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

There's a point in the Iran situation where semantics come into play. Is Iran on a path to nuclear weapons-capable technology? Yes. Is it producing nuclear weapons? No. Does it intend to produce nuclear weapons?

Rape and the Republic: Iran's Victims Speak Out

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

This week, Mehdi Karroubi came under fire for stating what for decades has been public knowledge in Iran: The systematic rape of political prisoners as a means of permanently disabling them from society, let alone from political activity.

Obama and the Ayatollah

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

How to respond to the Ayatollah is a particularly tricky question for Obama, because he has an unusual dual role to play: Inspirational global icon and president of the United States.

Leadership in Peril: Iranians Won't Wait Out Recount

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Thanks to these demonstrations, Mousavi is now firmly coming into his own as the leader of the opposition, and unless Ayotollah Khamenei acts fast, Ahmadinejad won't be the only one who has to step aside.