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Iranian Vote Affirms Obama Administration Nuclear Deal

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iranians recently voted for a new parliament as well as Assembly of Experts, tasked with choosing the successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moderate reformers did well in both bodies, vindicating the Obama administration's decision to try diplomacy after years of confrontation.

Where Do Women Stand In Iran's Upcoming Elections?

Simin Nouri | Posted 02.23.2016 | World
Simin Nouri

Former women MPs have not taken sufficient initiative to alter the country's misogynist legislation, nor have they done anything to lift the suffering Iranian women have endured for the past 37 years.

In the Sanders-Clinton Battle, It's the 1970s vs. the 1990s

William Bradley | Posted 02.19.2016 | Media
William Bradley

Generally presented as some sort of out-of-the-blue challenge to the orthodoxy of our financialized politics, the Sanders vs. Clinton battle actually has deep roots in decades past.

Justice for US Terrorism Victims -- Paid for by a Major French Bank

Frank Vogl | Posted 01.05.2016 | World
Frank Vogl

Finding an appropriate source of funds for restitution to U.S. victims of state-sponsored terrorism has been difficult, but the $9 billion fine imposed by U.S. authorities in a settlement with BNP Paribas in late June 2014 has proven to be ideal.

The Hajj Stampede Exacerbates Saudi-Iranian Tension

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Last month's tragic crane collapse in Mecca and stampede in Mina certainly damaged Saudi Arabia's prestige and have raised further question about Riyadh's capacity to effectively administer the Hajj.

How the Nuclear Deal Will Give a Huge Boost to Iran's Reformists

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and the West was a major milestone for the geostrategic future of the Middle East, but it was also a breath of fresh air for Iranian civil society. There is now the possibility of Iranian civil society playing a different and more constructive role in the future of Iranian politics.

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

Akbar Ganji | Posted 05.13.2015 | 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.

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.

The Islamization of Great Britain

Stanley Weiss | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

"Your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help . . . the Turks and Arabs have attacked them. . . I, or rather the Lord, beseech y...

Hey YouTube Mo Fo, Get Offa My Cloud

Wendy Block | Posted 01.31.2014 | Media
Wendy Block

Wednesday morning. Three pies and 48 muffins to make -- all gluten-free of course. The kid and her boyfriend are flying in tonight (yea!). The house, ...

The Satanic Verses 25 Years Later: Why the Rushdie Affair Still Matters

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

It is an illusion, albeit a powerful one, to believe that a free exchange of ideas exists in any pure form in the West. Racial, ethnic, and religious minorities rarely have possessed the same opportunities to shape public opinion as those with political power or cultural capital.

Iran's Inflation Is Still a Big Problem

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Those data that are reported tend to possess what I've described as an "Alice in Wonderland" quality. In light of this, it is fair to suggest that any official data on Iran's inflation be taken with a grain of salt. So, how can this problem be overcome?

The Irrelevance of Iran's Presidential Election

Mahmood Delkhasteh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics
Mahmood Delkhasteh

The long journey of Iranian people towards freedom and independence will only end when they bid farewell to the reformists who have every interest in preserving this regime which survives by moving the country from one crisis to another. Boycotting the election would be a first step.

Iran Continues Crackdown On Sufis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Persecution of the Gonabadi-Nimatullahi Sufis has been relentless. The motive for the Iranian government assault on them is simple: They are blunt critics of the theocracy.

The Conquest of America by Iraq: The Misbegotten Cakewalk a Decade and Countless Lives Later

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Doug Bandow

Secretary of State John Kerry made a surprise visit to Baghdad to ask the Iraqi government to stop helping Iran support Syria's Bashar al-Assad. Kerry received an embarrassing rebuff--so much for the Bush administration's celebrated victory over Saddam Hussein. This time ten years ago the grand Iraqi cakewalk had begun. American military forces were racing toward victory. The world was going to be transformed. But not in the way President George W. Bush and his top officials imagined. Invading Iraq turned out to be one of Washington's greatest strategic mistakes. Yet even now many of the Iraq War's architects are clamoring for more wars. America needs peace. War should be a true last resort, not just another policy option for frustrated social engineers and impatient internationalists. Wars are sometimes tragically necessary. But not in Iraq.

When Is an Islamic Fatwa not a Fatwa?

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

If Iran's Rushdie fatwa was accepted at face value, shouldn't the Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons be interpreted likewise? The New York Times thought so when it wrote that "American officials say they believe that Ayatollah Khamenei exercises full control over Iran's nuclear program."

What We Talk About When We Talk About Iran

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 03.13.2013 | Arts
Reporters Uncensored

Hollywood movies will of course always bend the truth in order to produce a good narrative, but Argo's misrepresentations are particularly dangerous given the current state of relations between Iran and the U.S.

ReThink Review: Argo - Blowback to the Future

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.12.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

With an impressive 91 percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, Argo has been receiving some Oscar buzz, with some critics claiming it's one of the year's best films.

Blasphemy Bans Threaten Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Freedom of speech is the foundation of all freedoms and intellectual debate, and the cornerstone for development in the Muslim world. If denied, the door to women's reform will close and the Muslim world will regress even further.

Seeking the Heckler's Veto in Tehran

Chris DeVito | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

It was perhaps predictable that the Iranian government would take advantage of this moment of unrest to renew their attack on both new and old heretical foes.

Will Iraqi Shiite Muslims Come Under Iranian Control?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Iraqi and Iranian Shiites represent contrasting cultural legacies, but adherence to Shiite Islam does not bridge this and other distinctions. Iraqi Shiites and Iranian Shiites think differently today about the place of religion in politics.

Iran's Oil Threat, "Deja Vu, All Over Again"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Where is Yogi Berra when we need him? There is Iran going back to its old game plan, threatening to ban oil exports.

Iran: To Bomb Or Not To Bomb, That Is The Question

Haggai Carmon | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Haggai Carmon

Will the world be safe with messianic Ahmadinejad's fingers on the nuclear trigger while his other hand controls the spigots of 30% of the world's oil supply? Will reason direct his actions or will his messianic doomsday beliefs prevail?

Ayatollah Khamenei at Unprecedented Religio-Political Summits: The Hidden Imam's Infallible Representative

Ali Rahnema | Posted 10.03.2011 | World
Ali Rahnema

Ayatollah Khamenei has now been promoted by his clerical followers to a super-human status. In certain circles, he is already being addressed as Imam Khamenei. But can combining ultimate religious and political powers guarantee tenure?

Egypt's Power Transition: Changing Rooms On the Titanic?

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Haggai Carmon

There are huge stakes in this game. Did the U.S policy makers think it through? Do they know who is riding on the back of the emerging Egyptian tiger?