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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's Supreme Leader Stops Short Of Endorsing Nuclear Deal

AP | NASSER KARIMI and ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 04.09.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is staking out a tough bargaining stance for the final phase of nuclear negotiations, with both its supreme leader and its ...

P5 Plus 1 -- Iran Nuclear Accord

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

The framework agreement has now to be put on paper in the form of a final document by the end of June. Regardless of the naysayers in a few world capitals, the international community has generally welcomed the framework agreement which should lead to a lasting accord.

Republican Hopefuls for 2016 Hate the Iran Deal

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Leaving aside whether you agree or disagree with any of this criticism (I think the Republican critiques thus far have been vague so far), the administration must realize that there is a very intense sentiment swirling around that Washington not only got swindled, but swindled in a way that will add more tension to its foreign relations.

10-Point Field Guide to Any Iran Nuclear Framework Agreement

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

If and when a 'framework agreement" is concluded, here is my latest "Field Guide" to assess whatever may emerge tonight, tomorrow or whenever.

GOP and Iranian Hardliners--Comrades Against Women's Health?

John Seager | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
John Seager

In regards to women's health, the GOP and Iranian hardliners are indeed comrades. (Though I'm sure neither of them would ever admit that.)

Iran's Hardliners Might Be Making a Comeback -- And the West Should Pay Attention

Akbar Ganji | Posted 03.13.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

The power struggle in Iran between the hardliners on one side and moderates, pragmatists and reformists on the other, will not only decide the future of the most important nation in the Middle East, it will also affect the entire region. The West should pay attention to the struggle and support the moderate coalition against the hardliners by reaching a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran.

Iran's Supreme Leader Slams Republican Letter On Nuke Deal

Reuters | Posted 03.12.2015 | World

DUBAI, March 12 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader hit out on Thursday at a letter by U.S. Republican senators threatening to undo any nuclear deal b...

Jessica Schulberg

Tom Cotton Doesn't Give A Sh** About Iran Talks Protocol. But A Lot Of Others Do.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An open letter from Senate Republicans to Iranian leadership, released Monday, ended up sparking scorn about its ultimate value and flak...

What's the Impact of Netanyahu's Brash Address to Congress?

William Bradley | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

The incredible spectacle of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's speech to Congress -- in which he appeared as much as the leader of the political opposition to the Obama administration as the head of government of an allied nation -- has come and gone but will reverberate for a long time.

Why Does Iran Want Nuclear Weapons? An Alarming Possibility

Sheldon Filger | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

Intelligence experts provide explanations for the motivation behind Iran's nuclear weapons program that are deeply rooted in Western concepts, including regime preservation and enhancing Iranian hegemony in the Middle East. In my view, this is a mistaken approach, because it is based solely on speculation from analysts schooled in secular geopolitical theories.

An Endearing Arrogance in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jake Threadgould | Posted 03.23.2015 | Travel
Jake Threadgould

For Nasrin the headscarf transcends aesthetics, it is a symbol of the Islamic Republic itself. A symbol of that which reduces her to something that she is not. A symbol of something that can quite literally smother her identity. Only in the alcoves of this rigid regime, such as the corner of her friend's café, could she be herself.

Iran's Geopoliticial, Strategic and Ideological Role in Iraq

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Iran can replace American efforts in the region with informed and constructive policies that define Tehran as a benevolent regional power. The Islamic Republic can also take the path of investing in some religious and political groups while excluding others.

Spaces of Freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jake Threadgould | Posted 03.15.2015 | Travel
Jake Threadgould

On my second night in Iran, I was invited to a party in a middle-class area of Tehran. Since we were a mixed gendered group with a foreigner in their midst, we had to be reasonably inconspicuous. As soon as we stepped over the threshold of the house, however, we were no longer in the Islamic Republic.

Khamenei: U.S. 'Cannot Be Trusted' In Nuclear Talks

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 01.07.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday the United States cannot be trusted to lift sanctions in a future nuclear deal and that Teh...

How Iran Can Escape Its Nuclear Deadlock with the U.S.

Abolhassan Bani-Sadr | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Abolhassan Bani-Sadr

It should be mentioned that in response to my protest against massive vote rigging during the first election of the parliament after the Revolution, Khomeini told me in a private conversation that people have no vote whatsoever and that we only conduct such elections in order to close the mouths of Westerners.

Iranian President Blames Fall In Oil Prices On 'Treachery'

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 12.10.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the sharp fall in global oil prices is the result of "treachery," in an appa...

Khamenei Opposes Iran's Hardliners on Nuclear Negotiations

Akbar Ganji | Posted 02.02.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

Not only does Khamenei approve the Geneva Accord, he also supports the resolution of the standoff over Iran's nuclear program in an equitable and just framework, one in which Iran's nuclear rights are respected and the economic sanctions are lifted, in return for Iran's guarantee of not pursuing nuclear weapons

Failed Nuclear Talks Are Not Iran's Fault

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

Iran made major concessions. It was excessive demands by the U.S. and its allies that prevented the comprehensive agreement from materializing.

Iran's Supreme Leader Delivers Defiant Speech After Nuclear Talk Extension

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday gave his indirect approval for a continuation of talks over its disputed nuclear program, criti...

The Four Musketeers: Khamenei, Netanyahu, Putin and Erdogan

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.24.2015 | Comedy
Alon Ben-Meir

As it happened, Ali Khamenei, Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan were all walking in one of the UN's corridors.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

What's Wrong With This Picture? For U.S. Fight Against ISIS, Everything

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Islamic Republic of Iran would like to make one thing clear: We've got this. Up until June 10, Iranian officials had been content...

Keep the Islamic Republic of Iran on a Tight Leash

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

The deadline to reach a deal curbing Iran's nuclear program is imminent. The world is waiting to see if Tehran will keep successfully kicking the can down the road to buy time as it hones atomic skills or if the U.S. can really rein in the ayatollahs' drive for nukes.

Playing the Game of Taarof: Obama's Letter to Khamenei

Delphine O | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Delphine O

By displaying a modicum of cultural awareness, Obama's letter to Khamenei spoke to the Iranians in a language they can understand. After all, what is diplomacy, if not exactly that?

Iran: Obama's Moment of Truth

Michael Brenner | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Michael Brenner

The nuclear negotiations with Iran are in their eleventh hour. By Monday we'll know whether a resolution has been reached or a new crisis of the first order added to the conflagrations in the Middle East -- indeed, one that will exacerbate all the others. Even an understanding that lays out a few principles while extending the deadline would be a dangerous outcome. The technical issues are complicated. But they are not in themselves the main obstacles to be overcome. Let's get down to brass tacks. The starbursts of commentary on centrifuge numbers and Iran's retention of low-enriched uranium (LEU), albeit under international inspection, should not be allowed to conceal the underlying reality: If Washington and Tehran want a nuclear deal, it is there for the taking. While the responsibility is shared, the crucial decision rests with the White House. This is not the way that President Obama and his advisers see it, though.

Iran: Syria and Iraq the Red Lines

Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Majid Rafizadeh

Currently, the US and Western allies' major campaign in the Middle East is fighting the Islamic State while ignoring to address Iran's military engagements in other countries, ignoring Tehran's determination for regional supremacy seriously.