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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Radioactive Material Stolen In Iraq Raises Security Concerns

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 02.18.2016 | World

BAGHDAD, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Iraq is searching for "highly dangerous" radioactive material whose theft last year has raised fears among Iraqi officials...

Why I Support the Iran Nuclear Deal

Rep. Steven Rothman | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics
Rep. Steven Rothman

Simply put, this deal will, if carried out with the appropriate level of inspections and vigilance, eliminate a nuclear-armed Iran and enhance the safety of the United States, our ally and friend Israel, and the entire world community.

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...

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.

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.

What Everyday Iranians Have To Say About The Deal Now That It’s A Reality

The Huffington Post | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 01.24.2016 | World

“The best resolution.” “A path to the progressive world.” “Nothing more than a piece of paper.” These are just some of the ways Iranians i...

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?

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.

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.

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.