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World Powers Reach Agreement On Ceasefire In Syria

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 02.11.2016 | World

By John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to implement a cessation of hostilities in Syria and to exp...

Mass Deaths In Syrian Jails Amount To Crime Of 'Extermination': U.N.

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 02.08.2016 | World

GENEVA (Reuters) - Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the ...

Iran: Back in Business and The New Best Friends

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has been on a shopping spree in Europe to reap benefits from business deals worth billions of dollars. The red carpet was rolled out for him, and he was invited to some of the most esteemed locations on the continent to meet with business and political leaders.

Tens Of Thousands Flee To Turkish Border As Aleppo Assault Intensifies

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.07.2016 | World

ONCUPINAR, Turkey/BEIRUT, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Russian and Syrian government forces on Saturday intensified an assault on rebel-held areas around the Sy...

A College Student's Guide to Syria

Jordan Houston | Posted 01.25.2016 | College
Jordan Houston

For the average college student, it's hard enough to juggle classes, exams, job applications, internships, clubs, and sports...let alone keep up with the details of a situation as complex as the Syrian civil war.

U.S. Lifted Sanctions Against Iran -- Ordinary People's Reaction?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

When the nuclear deal was reached in July 2015, Iranians celebrated on the streets. One would have imagined greater celebration when the deal was actually implemented this week, but the streets have been quiet, and Iranian media have downplayed the lifting of sanctions.

Iran's Nuclear Deal: Sanctions are Lifted, What is Next?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Will Iran continue to comply with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) regulations? Will the extra cash, coming out of sanctions relief, trickle down to the Iranian people?

Open Letter from Besieged Syrians to UN's Stephen O'Brien

The Syria Campaign | Posted 01.15.2016 | World
The Syria Campaign

We are medical workers, teachers, rescue workers and civil society activists who, along with hundreds of thousands of others, are living under siege in Syria. What makes our suffering more painful is knowing that UN warehouses full of lifesaving aid are often just minutes away.

Companies Are Lining Up to Do Business with Iran. Are You Falling Behind?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.15.2016 | Business
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

If smaller firms know the process, where to start, how to connect and communicate, they can potentially have a better shot at reaping the benefits of the Iranian economy. I would be delighted to shed light on the nuances, but Illustrating and explaining the whole process is out the realm and given space for this article.

Protecting Syria's Civilians: Another Discarded New Year's Resolution?

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

Chemical weapons attacks are notoriously difficult to substantiate. The debris they leave is hard to detect from satellite images. To positively identify a toxic agent, you need to analyze affected blood samples. But in Syria, and in particular in the Damascus suburb where the December attack occurred, the specialized medical equipment needed to conduct these tests is in severely short supply.

Will Iran and Saudi Arabia Go Into War?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Has assaulting embassies turned into an inherent and symbolic tactic in the Islamic Republic's political establishment to indirectly express Tehran's rivalry towards other countries and to show disrespect to them?

Iran, Middle East, and ISIS in 2016: Re-entering the Global Market Politico-Economic

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.02.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The "Implementation Day" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is in early 2016, will give Iran tremendous sanctions relief. After Implementation Day, Iran's global legitimacy will rise, and foreign businesses will be permitted to operate in the country.

U.S. Officials: Assad Regime May Have Used Chemical Weapons This Week

CBS News | Benjamin Hart | Posted 12.24.2015 | World
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Syrian government forces may have used poison gas in an attack on a rebel-held town just outside Damascus this week. ...

Iran Breached the Nuclear Deal -- Iran's Largest Ballistic Arsenal in the Middle East

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.24.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

These developments suggests that not only did the nuclear deal not temper Iran's foreign policy, IRGC leaders appear to be more empowered to manifest their military capabilities.

Media Has Symbiotic Ties With ISIS? Ignoring Other Terrorist Groups

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.20.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

There seems to be a symbiotic relationship between the mainstream media and ISIS. On one hand, ISIS receives the publicity it needs from CNN, Fox News, etc. On the other hand, these networks increase their ratings, viewers, readers and advertisement revenues.

U.N. Security Council Endorses Roadmap For Peace In Syria

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.18.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Security Council members approved a resolution Friday outlining a peace process forSyria involving talks by represen...

Iran's Fighters Are Dying in Syria -- Will it Change Anything?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 12.06.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

While Iranian leaders project that they are fighting ISIS, Iranian forces are not anywhere close to an ISIS stranglehold. Instead, they appear to be battling Syrian rebel groups, including the Free Syrian Army, to force them to retreat or prevent them from capturing more territories in Aleppo, Latakia and Damascus.

Overwhelming Force

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The American public may be understandably war-weary and reluctant to put our service men and women in harm's way once again in the Middle East. If that is true, we need leadership now to make the case to the American people why this fight is essential.

Women, Children and Medics: Here Are the Victims of Russian Airstrikes in Syria

The Syria Campaign | Posted 12.04.2015 | World
The Syria Campaign

Russia's presence in Syria has little to do with fighting ISIS and everything to do with propping up the regime of Bashar al-Assad. More international forces getting directly involved in the fighting on Syrian soil is complicating and prolonging the Syrian conflict whilst civilians continue to suffer.

Iran-Russia: Khamenei and Putin's Courtship

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.30.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei rarely meets with world leaders, but this week he hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made his first visit to Iran since 2007. Putin held talks with Khamenei and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Paris Attacks: Iran Criticizes the West, ISIS 'Bit the Leg of Its Owners'

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The reaction of the Iranian political establishment in regards to the shootings and bombings in Paris has been intriguing and contradicting.

5 Obstacles That We Must Overcome in Syria -- Starting with Assad

Randa Slim | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Randa Slim

It is naïve to expect that after four and a half years of fighting for political survival, Assad and the leaders of his security agencies will negotiate their way out of Syria. They will leave only if pressured militarily and if their patrons (Russia and Iran) abandon them.

Iran's Divided Domestic Politics -- Hardliners Reassert Leadership

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The smiles of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and his American-educated Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appear to be fading as the hardliners take back the driver's seat. Rowhani spent all his political capital on the nuclear deal, to which the hardliners are reacting harshly.

Bombing ISIS Isn't Enough. 6 Steps To Achieving A Diplomatic Solution In Syria

Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.) | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Admiral Jim Stavridis (Ret.)

If all we do is destroy ISIS, other terrorist organizations will spring up in what would continue to be an ungoverned space. We need a coherent political solution, which will best be constructed through diplomacy, not the war rooms of the Pentagon, NATO and Moscow. And we can use history as our guide.

Turning Point: Coordinated Operations in the War on ISIS

Janet Ritz | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Janet Ritz

Coordinated military offensives against ISIS have begun in the Middle East. In Iraq, Kurdish Peshmerga, with Special Ops and Coalition support, have begun an attack on an ISIS held city that controls an ISIS supply road.