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Paul Ryan Says The Iran Deal Will Stay In Place

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said the Iran nuclear deal will stay in place. In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that will air Sunday...

Trump White House Gets Tough On Iran With Obama-Like Sanctions

The Huffington Post | S.V. Dáte | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Just hours after President Donald Trump’s bellicose tweet that Iran was “playing with fire,” his administration rolled out narrow...

Iran Vows 'Firm Response' Unless Obama Stops Sanctions Renewal

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 12.04.2016 | World

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Sunday that Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, s...

When You Make A Deal With The Devil

Jennifer R. Breedon | Posted 09.27.2016 | World
Jennifer R. Breedon

Rouhani made it clear that despite all of the steps we've taken, including acknowledging them positively at the Assembly of Nations in NY, nothing we've done has thawed our relationship or helped to improve the security of people living in the areas ruled by Iran or its terror proxies.

Soft Power is Key to Iran's Success

Sam Sasan Shoamanesh | Posted 09.15.2016 | World
Sam Sasan Shoamanesh

To be sure, in Iran's conflict-ridden neighbourhood, the military instrument is critical to deterring would-be aggressors. The devastating 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war taught Iranians this lesson at great cost in blood and national treasure.

The Evolving Relationship Between U.S. And Iran

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Regardless of being against or for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal is final. The Islamic Republic enjoys the benefit of this agreement and Iran has entered into a better relationship with the world. So, the deal should not remain a one-way street.

The Obama Administration Gambled On Tehran's Moderation -- And Failed

Saeed Ghasseminejad | Posted 07.18.2016 | World
Saeed Ghasseminejad

Time and again, Khamenei has modified Iran's political system to strengthen his own power. In theory, he welcomes the public's participation in elections. In practice, he manipulates the system to forestall any effort at substantive change.

Now Is Not The Time To Lift Sanctions On Iran

Mark Dubowitz | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Mark Dubowitz

If the White House won't challenge Iran, Congress should do what it can to uphold America's commitments. Sanctions need to continue to target the regime's support for terrorism, ballistic-missile development, aid to Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria and designated Shiite militias in Iraq, and human-rights abuses.

Volleyball in Iran: A litmus test for women's rights

James Dorsey | Posted 06.24.2016 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey An international volleyball tournament in the Iranian capital has thrown into sharp relief a debate in international sporting asso...

U.S. Torpedoing the Nuclear Deal Will Reaffirm Iran's Distrust

Seyed Hossein Mousavian | Posted 04.30.2017 | World
Seyed Hossein Mousavian

If the United States acts with ill intent and makes it difficult for Iran to receive the benefits it is due under the deal, then years of diplomacy will be undone and a zero-sum mentality will once again take hold between the two countries -- with disastrous consequences for the region.

Obama in the Gulf: Opportunity in Troubled Relations

James Dorsey | Posted 04.19.2017 | World
James Dorsey

President Barak Obama has a challenge and an opportunity when he meets this week first with Saudi King Salman and then with the leaders of the six Gulf states. His challenge is to manage increasingly fundamentally diverging policy differences.

Do Fundamental Rights Matter to the EU?

Shadi Sadr | Posted 03.17.2017 | World
Shadi Sadr

Some have argued that in the post-Iran-deal-era, the EU would prefer to engage Tehran with human rights dialogue rather than adopting aggressive strategies such as public statement or human rights sanctions. Yet, there is not a single piece of evidence to show such engagement.

Despite Threat Of Sanctions, Iran Tests Missiles Marked With The Phrase 'Israel Must Be Wiped Out'

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 03.09.2016 | World

DUBAI, March 9 (Reuters) - Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday that it said were designed ...

Meeting the Tea Party in Tehran

Elizabeth Nicholas | Posted 02.24.2017 | World
Elizabeth Nicholas

It wouldn't be an Iranian election without an American interjection. As Iranians head to the polls on Friday for parliamentary elections, three Republican congressmen have taken it upon themselves to seek visas from Iran to serve as election monitors.

Iran Says It Will Resist Oil Output Limits As Part Of Global Pact

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.05.2017 | World

ANKARA/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it would resist any plan to restrain its oil output as fellow OPEC ministers tried to persuade the cou...

Iran's Reintegration into the World Economy as Sanctions are lifted; Not Too Fast!

David Oualaalou | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
David Oualaalou

Iran's reintegration into the global economy with the lifting of economic sanctions brings great joy of Iranians but deep reservations to many Americans.

A litmus test for Iran on the world stage: sports and air transport

James Dorsey | Posted 02.07.2017 | Sports
James Dorsey

Sports and air transport are likely to serve as indicators of whether Iran has the flexibility to become a major node in an increasingly globalized world. At the core of Iranian efforts to become a global sports and airline hub will be its willingness to relax strict gender segregation, dress codes and its ban on alcohol.

Iran and Britain: Bracing for a New Era of Redefined Relations

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 02.05.2017 | World
Kourosh Ziabari

With prudence and a serious commitment to settle one of the most tedious diplomatic disputes of the post-Cold War era through negotiation and logic, Iran demonstrated that it's not a pariah state and deserves respect.

China & the Middle East: Tilting Towards Iran?

James Dorsey | Posted 01.28.2017 | World
James Dorsey

President Xi Jinping's visit to the Middle East, the first by a Chinese leader in seven years, saw the signing of billions of dollars' worth of agreements with Saudi Arabia and Egypt and a ten-fold expansion of trade with Iran over the next ten years.

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...

Obama Leaves a Legacy, Rouhani Kickstarts Presidency

Negar Mortazavi | Posted 01.21.2017 | World
Negar Mortazavi

President Obama will be out of office soon. These last victories will soon become legacies of an American leader who chose peace over war. President Rouhani, however, is just getting started.

An Unshackled Iran Can Only Be Countered By a Firm Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.18.2017 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

With the nuclear deal sealed and sanctions lifted, an unshackled Iran is now a reality. The region -- and the world at large -- now holds its breath in anticipation of what kind of global player the Islamic Republic wants to be.

U.S. Sidelines Itself in the Rush to Iran

Tyler Cullis | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Tyler Cullis

At this moment, Europe, Japan, and a host of the U.S.'s closest allies are sending trade delegations to Tehran to connect with their Iranian counterparts and snap up new business opportunities, all the while effectively reintegrating Iran with their own respective economies.

The Middle East: China Venturing Into the Maelstrom

James Dorsey | Posted 01.18.2017 | World
James Dorsey

CHINESE PRESIDENT Xi Jingping has effectively acknowledged that increasingly China will be unable to remain aloof to multiple crises in the Middle Eas...

"We Want to Be a Part of the World"

Zoe Dolan | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Zoe Dolan

My favorite memory of Iran is this one: back in the city of Kerman, my very sexy, glimmering-eyed tour guide Vahid told me to stay in the hotel at night. So I waited for him to go to his room, and then I went out for a walk.