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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.

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.

Islamic Republic: "Death to America" Will Remain

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The expectations that Western-Iran diplomatic relationships are improving was somewhat shattered when recently an overwhelming majority of Iranian lawmakers and parliamentarians stated that the Islamic Republic will not abandon the inflammatory slogan of "Death to America."

Iran Officially Begins To Curb Nuclear Program

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

 DUBAI, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Iran has begun decommissioning uranium enrichment centrifuges under the terms of the nuclear deal struck with six worl...

Khamenei's New Nuclear Conditions -- Khamenei Playing the U.S.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has masterfully sniffed out the weaknesses of President Obama and his administration, and the revelation of his new conditions on the nuclear deal suggests that Khamenei is ready to milk the administration more and obtain more concessions.

A Parallel Crescent To Stop Iran In Its Tracks

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The regional turmoil coupled with the Iranian threat offers new opportunities for this revolutionary geopolitical change to occur.

Why Iran Should Gear Up for a "Tsunami" of Tourists

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 10.22.2015 | Travel
Kourosh Ziabari

I think there's nothing to stop Western tourists from backpacking and booking their flights to Tehran, and I'm convinced the Iranian vice-president didn't exaggerate when he said the country should brace for a tourists "tsunami."

Javad Zarif: A Name That Frightens and Inspires

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

Javad Zarif is a name that both frightens and inspires. It frightens those who are unwilling to talk to the outside world and use the language of logic and reasoning to settle their disputes with their rivals. And it inspires those who have faith in the power of dialog, negotiation and peace.

The Iran Deal Was the Result of 2013 Elections, Not Sanctions

Hossein Noorani Nejad | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Hossein Noorani Nejad

The argument that sanctions explain the nuclear deal completely disregards that it was the peaceful pro-democracy movement of the Iranian people and their vote during the 2013 presidential elections that created the main opening that led to the breakthrough in the nuclear negotiations.

The Story of the Iran Deal and the "Scraps of Paper" That Are Gone!

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

I'm confident Mr. Ahmadinejad knew that the sanctions were wrecking Iran's economy and the burden was simply borne by the average citizens; however, he didn't want to lose the battle of reputation he had started.

Why Iran Doesn't Trust America -- And What Can Be Done to Change That

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

For U.S. policymakers who seek to advance more sensible U.S. policies in the region, understanding Iran's positions is critical. Relying on delusions about Iranian policies and aims, as well as about American ones, is not only ineffective, but wholly counterproductive.

Iran and U.S. to Intensify Tactical Cooperation

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Since the U.S does not have clear and detailed policy towards the conflicts in the Middle East, and since the U.S policy is currently anchored in the wait-and-see foreign policy, Washington is more willing to delegate the task of fighting the Islamic State or resolving the crisis in Syria and Yemen, to Tehran and Moscow or other nations.

President Rouhani Declares 'New Chapter' In Iran's Relations With World

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 09.28.2015 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- In his first major public address since the nuclear accord was finalized, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani conveyed an optimistic, ...

Iran is Offering to Resolve Yemen's War; The Agenda?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.26.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Iranian officials' rhetoric and tone on the Yemen crisis has slightly changed. This change was initiated because of the shift in Iran's foreign policy regarding how to use "diplomacy" and the appropriate wording in order to achieve Tehran's ideological, geopolitical and economic objectives.

The Iran Deal Offers a Respite, Not a Solution

Peter Jenkins | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Peter Jenkins

The Iran agreement does not offer an indefinite respite. When its restrictions on Iran's capacity to enrich lapse, concern could revive. This long-term problem cannot be solved through coercion or the use of force. It can only be solved by influencing Iran's nuclear decision-making and creating incentives for nuclear prudence.

Why Evangelicals Will Pray for the Iran Deal

Rev. Richard Cizik | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Richard Cizik

We will be praying for peace in the Middle East, that our leaders continue to work toward the goal of preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon, and that their decisions will protect the security of our citizens and strengthen America's moral leadership in the world.

Can Iran's Rulers Still Use Enemies Abroad to Rally a Nation?

The Conversation US | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

The rulers of the Islamic Republic of Iran have routinely used external conflicts to divert public attention from domestic problems, deflect attacks, promote national cohesion and repress their opponents. Much of the tension between Iran and the U.S. can be seen in this light.

Business: EU and Its Comanies Helping IRGC Terror

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.16.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Short-sighted and business-driven moves by European countries and companies might bring short term benefit and profit for them, however, it will lead to long-term severe economic and geopolitical consequences that will have a grave affect on EU economic, national, and geopolitical interests.

It's Time for Republicans to Abandon Their Short-Sighted Approach to Iran

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

Republican members of Congress should abandon efforts to sabotage the agreement and acknowledge that security is better achieved through diplomacy than through militarism.

The Iran Deal: Power to the People

Holly Dagres | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Having an Iran deal opens the floodgates of economic opportunity, breaths new life into the middle class, and raises the standard of living, which are all vehicles of change. With the passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal has done a lot more for positive transformation in Iran than sanctions ever could.

Iran Married to Both Assad and the Alawite State

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 09.13.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Assad is not only an individual who can be replaced by someone else, but he is an indispensable part of the Syrian state; he embodies the domination of Alawite in the political establishment. The removal of Assad from power will be a strong blow to the Syrian government, and a moral boost to the oppositional and rebel groups.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.12.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, summer vacation ended for millions of Americans, as did the wait for two long-anticipated events. First, in Washington, the Iran nuclear agreement cleared its biggest hurdle, as opponents lost a key procedural vote in the Senate. Maybe former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose strong opposition to the deal is among the best arguments for it, provided the winning margin. To drive the point home, the White House released a cutting video montage of Cheney's wildly wrong assessments of Iraq, showing he was "wrong then, wrong now." Meanwhile, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert finally debuted, with a literally biting bit about the media's Trump addiction, and an interview featuring a suave Jeb Bush and a stilted Colbert (actually, switch that). As Colbert said, "I used to play a narcissistic, conservative pundit -- now, I'm just a narcissist." But still very, very funny. And, given his poignant interview with Joe Biden, very, very human.

Time to Unite on Iran

Rep. Charles Rangel | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Rep. Charles Rangel

Fourteen years ago a terrible thing happened to our country, to our city, when terrorists attacked us on September 11. Then there were no Republicans, there were no Democrats; there were only Americans who said we have to come together.

Week to Week News Quiz for 9/11/15

John Zipperer | Posted 09.11.2015 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Take our latest Week to Week news quiz to help you prep for next week's GOP debate. Or just because you like news quizzes. Here are some random but r...