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Assad Seizes Only Road Into Rebel-Held Aleppo As Siege Tightens

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.17.2016 | World

BEIRUT/AMMAN, July 17 (Reuters) - Syria’s army and allied militia fighters seized the only road into the rebel-held part of Aleppo on Sunday, tighte...

Celebrations In Damascus After Turkish Army Says Takes Power

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 07.15.2016 | World

BEIRUT, July 16 (Reuters) - Hundreds of cheering people took to the streets of Damascus early on Saturday and celebratory gunfire erupted after Turkey...

Video Shows Horror Of Life Under Barrel Bombs In Syria

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.15.2016 | World

“We used to watch horror movies. Now, we are living them,” a Syrian man says in a new BBC News video as he describes going to a cellar to take she...

Free Iran: The Largest Iranian Opposition of Its Kind

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 07.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

It is the world's largest gathering of those who advocate freedom and democracy in Iran. A mass "Free Iran" rally is being held in the French capital,...

The Fraudulent Case for Military Escalation in Syria

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Jonathan Marshall

As Cambanis admits, the Obama administration has been "funding, training, and arming parts of the opposition" for several years now. And he acknowledges that "Most of the armed opposition has survived only because of foreign intervention -- the exceptions being the most distressing elements: Islamic State and Nusra."

Why Russia and Israel are Cooperating in Syria

Samuel Ramani | Posted 06.24.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

On June 7, 2016, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to celebrate the 25th anniversary of...

Butcher Assad Vows More Bloodshed In Syria

Washington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 06.07.2016 | World
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BEIRUT — Syrian President Bashar al-Assad signaled Tuesday that his government intends to escalate military efforts to crush the five-year-old upris...

Iran Prefers Clinton -- Why Trump Is Better at Dealing With Iran and the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Bernie Sanders would have been Iran's top preference to become the next American president. His speeches criticizing corporations, the widening gap between rich and poor in the US, and the size of American military and its involvement around the world, were even televised on Iran's state media outlets.

Middle East- Six Reasons Why Iran Will Not Leave Yemen

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When a conflict erupts in a state, some countries which are not bordered with the conflict-affected state use political opportunism to direct the war ...

NPR, Yemen & The Downplaying of U.S. War Crimes

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

We in the U.S., who may otherwise be moved to care about the fate of millions in Yemen whose lives are being upended with our own government's complicity, are lulled into complacency, with our comfortable feeling about our nation's inherent goodness fully intact.

How Iran Dominates the Middle East? Soft Power

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The mainstream media and politicians have emphasized Iran's hard power, military capacity and its army's role in the Middle East, which is part of Teh...

Russia's Propaganda About Fighting Terror Just Suffered A Big Blow

The Huffington Post | Akbar_Ahmed | Posted 05.16.2016 | World

WASHINGTON -- The last time he visited the U.S., in September of 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin brought the ideal message for war-weary observ...

Iran Breaches the Nuclear Deal and UN Resolutions for Third Time

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian leaders have breached both the resolutions and the nuclear agreement for the third time since the nuclear deal went into effect in January 2016. Iran has repeatedly test-fired, long-range ballistic missiles and laser-guided surface-to-surface missiles.

Iran's Oil Policy Mixed With Politicization -- How Might It Affect Your Life Negatively?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 05.06.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic of Iran has rejected proposals, from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as other major oil-producing countries, to discuss freezing of oil production in order to boost prices and tackle global oil surplus.

Aleppo Is Burning

Sarah Dadouch | Posted 05.07.2016 | World
Sarah Dadouch

Aleppo is worn thin. There is only so much destruction a city can handle before it turns into a ghost town. Syrians are waiting for the international community to do something, but we have had enough of the inaction.

How Obama is Benefiting Iran by the US-GCC Summit

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.25.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

"Reassuring" Saudi Arabia and other gulf nations about Iran's increasing presence was on the top of Obama's agenda visiting Saudi Arabia.

Iran's Islamic-Persian Imperialism Manifesting Through Hard Power: You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.16.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's foreign policy has been unique in that regard; Iranian leaders' geopolitical, ideological and regional hegemonic ambitions have been consistent since the establishment of the Islamic Republic.

Khamenei Wants Western Businesses, but Lashes Out at the US

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Khamenei's swift method of blaming the U.S. for almost everything domestically, regionally or globally is classic and politically-driven. It does not adequately and fully address the question concerning why corporations are still reluctant to do business with Iran.

Assad, Beware of the Long Arm of Justice

Widney Brown | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Widney Brown

Intentionally cutting off humanitarian aid is a war crime. Add that to the staggeringly long list of war crimes committed in Syria -- unspeakable violations of what are universally considered the laws of armed conflict.

Iran Attacks Americans On American Soil -- Cyber War, Cyberwarfare

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Justice Department and federal prosecutors have portrayed that individuals linked to the Iranian government have attacked U.S. infrastructure, including a small dam 20 miles north of New York.

Iran Threatens the US and the Middle East: Stay Away from Our Redlines. Obama's Response?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There used to be a time when the Islamic Republic showed some discretion with regards to its regional hegemonic and ideological ambitions, or skirting and breaching international laws.

Iran Reciprocates US's Favor by Increasing Anti-Americanism and Warmongering in the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.04.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

From the US government's perspective, the rules of the nation-state systems and existing international norms suggest that if the US does a favor for a country (in this case, the Islamic Republic), Tehran will absolutely reciprocate.

Russia Is Not Nine Feet Tall

Dr. Ariel Cohen | Posted 04.01.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Cohen

As Russia has boycotted the global Nuclear Security summit hosted by President Barack Obama in Washington, DC, March 31-April 1, 2016, questions arise...

The Rise and Rise of ISIS

James Denselow | Posted 04.01.2016 | Books
James Denselow

David Kilcullen is a former Australian soldier turned advisor to the US government turned think tank director. He is the author of several fascinating books that have tracked the evolving nature of modern warfare and focused in particular on counter-insurgencies.

How to Resolve the Syrian Crisis and Alleviate the ISIS Threat

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

While the self-proclaimed Islamic State has lost a significant amount of its territory and leadership, including its second-in-command, Brussels shows that it will become even more aggressive in its foreign operations as it loses ground, with some stating the attack is an indication of panic in the group. Here are seven suggestions that may help resolve the civil war in Syria, end the refugee crisis and alleviate the terrorist threat posed by ISIS to Europe and the rest of the world.