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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.

Iran's Executions and Human Rights Abuses Hit 27-Year High

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian authorities claim that these executions are overwhelmingly related to drugs offenses. Nevertheless, many of the executions were linked to other issues. Only around 65 percent of those who were executed were charged with violating Iran's narcotics law.

It's the 5th Anniversary of the Revolution, Not Conflict, In Syria

Maryam Saleh | Posted 03.17.2016 | World
Maryam Saleh

Gradually the narrative in mainstream media and among policymakers shifted. Conflict or civil war, not revolution or popular uprising. Rebels or insurgents, not revolutionaries or freedom fighters.

Five Years on, We Must Focus on the Victims of Syria's Atrocities

David Crane | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
David Crane

While peace and post-conflict efforts are in their infant stages, the international community must begin thinking about redress for Syrian civilians when the fighting ends. The people of Syria must not feel that they are alone in their suffering, and it is incumbent on those who value the rule of law to stand up and pledge that some day justice will be done. After all, noncombatants in this conflict have endured some of the most horrific atrocities the civilized world has ever witnessed.

Putin Orders Russian Forces To Start Withdrawal From Syria

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 03.14.2016 | World

MOSCOW/GENEVA, March 14 (Reuters) -- President Vladimir Putin said on Monday "the main part" of Russian armed forces in Syria would start to withdraw,...

Iran's "Hardliners", "Moderates", "Reformists": Invasion and Intervention in Syria

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.12.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The unison among Iran's reformists, hardliners, principalists, moderates, and independent politicians will continue to last due to the above factors and their shared convergence of interests in keeping Assad in power.

Memoir:Islam, Quran, Muhammad, Allah (god) Hate Women and Non-Muslims?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.09.2016 | Books
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

With the rise of the Islamic State and similar groups, there exist fundamental questions, regarding the religion of Islam, that I attempt to address a...

Iran's Elections: The Fallacy, Hype, and Oversimplification

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Democratic elections? The media, primarily the Western mainstream outlets, have been carried away with their characterization of Iran's elections. V...

A Defiant Iran Defies the UN and International Laws Again

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.21.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the major questions to address are: What aspect of its military is Iran attempting to strengthen? Why does the UN continue to ignore the Islamic Republic when it is clearly violating its resolutions? And, why does Iran so publicly announce such actions which are violations of the UNSC resolutions?

Assad and Putin Will Likely Disregard the Syria Cease-Fire and Destroy the Opposition

Faysal Itani | Posted 02.15.2016 | World
Faysal Itani

Cease-fire deal or not, Russia and the Syrian regime have no reason to voluntarily jeopardize their recent gains. There is a critical clause in the deal that effectively gives the regime a free pass to continue the war: namely, the cease-fire will not apply to ISIS and the Nusra Front. Thus, Assad and Putin will target any opposition group they please, claiming the group is fighting alongside terrorists.

Iran Plays and Backstabs the US: Iran Dumps Dollar in Trade

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The Islamic Republic declared that it is moving away from the US dollar for use in trades and that Tehran welcomes replacing dollar with other curren...

World Powers Reach Agreement On Ceasefire In Syria

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 02.11.2016 | World

By John Irish and Warren Strobel MUNICH (Reuters) - Major powers agreed on Friday to a cessation of hostilities in Syria set to begin in a week and to...

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 c...

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.